consequences of U.S. warmaking

Paul Flewers hatchet.job at virgin.net
Mon Feb 3 06:34:37 MST 2003


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I'm puzzled by some of the references to me on this thread. To put
things into perspective, I'll jot down a few details.

I have lived in London, United Kingdom, all my life. I have been on the
left for around 25 years, for some time as a supporter of the
Revolutionary Communist Party, from which I moved away as it drifted
away from any intelligible political outlook. I stand in the Trotskyist
tradition, although I'm by no means uncritical of it. I am not
affiliated to any particular grouping on the left. I am on the Editorial
Board of Revolutionary History and New Interventions. My main political
interest is historical studying, and I have just completed a PhD on the
impact of the Soviet Union in Britain during 1929-41.

In respect of the war on Iraq, I am fully opposed to it. I think that it
is central to the quest of the US ruling class to dominate the world, to
do what it wanted to do after 1945, but was unable to do so because of
the existence of the Soviet Union. I think that we are only now entering
the real post-1945 world. War is certain, however much we protest and
however much public opinion is not with the warmongers, and also despite
the concerns of the more cautious elements of the ruling class in the
USA and Britain (and there's quite a lot of disquiet in these circles
here, but they won't openly revolt), because Bush & Co want to show the
world what happens to a country what will happen to it if it be so rash
to oppose the USA. Also, Iraq is in a strategically crucial position and
the USA needs a military presence there to put an iron grip upon this
oil-rich region, and to influence events in neighbouring countries
(Saudi Arabia especially). Although we won't stop this war, we can show
people what it's all about, and expose the US bourgeoisie's plans for
what they are. We will also be a strong position to influence debate if
-- or more likely when -- things start to go wrong for Bush, there are
very many unknowns that Bush and his poodles do not discuss (at least in
public).

Living in Britain, I am all too aware of Prime Minister Blair's servile
attitude to the USA, but I am also concerned that opposition to US
policies can take the form of a pan-European imperialist outlook, as I
reckon that whatever happens with the war against Iraq, one major
longer-term consequence will be growing transatlantic tensions, Europe
versus America. Socialists in Europe must not capitulate to this.

Paul F





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