Iraq War, Saddam Hussein.

Adam Rose adam at pmel.com
Thu Feb 22 03:04:05 MST 1996


>
> Adam:
> >
> >But if America had been beaten, workers would have gained
> >confidence from the defeat of the world's remaining super power.
> >Consider what effect the defeat in Vietnam had on the class struggle
> >internationally.
>

Rahul
> Agreed, if you mean workers in the Third World. American and European
> workers would most definitely not have gained confidence (except for some
> commies, of course). I confess I wasn't really thinking of that point,
> since the possibility of America's being beaten was similar to that of
> Saddam's going to care for people in Goa with AIDS.
>

No, also workers in the West. Again, the comparison with Vietnam stands.
The anti war movement fed into the social revolts of the late 60's, and
a successful anti war movement in the 90's would have done the same.

But I agree, in a conventional war, Iraq didn't stand a chance. The only
hope was mass opposition in the middle east and the "West" destabilising
Imperialism to such an extent that withdrawal became the only option.

This required socialist politics though - freedom for the Kurds, which
would have given Turkey problems, strikes amongst the Palestinian,
Pakistani etc oil and construction workers, real support for the
Palestinian struggle ( not just a few pointless scuds ) etc etc.
And obviously all this sort of thing would have involved a battle
inside Iraq against Saddam.

Adam.

Adam Rose
SWP
Manchester
UK


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