[Marxism] Situation in Iraq according to BBC

D OC donaloc at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 9 03:43:25 MDT 2004

A chairde,

Just thought that I'd let you know what the more insightful TV news has been 
saying in Britain.

BBC Newsnight yesterday did a very detailed presentation of the situation in 
Fallujah. They connected TV footage of US positions to satellite photos of 
the town. It is clear that the US marines have established a 'cordon 
sanataire' around the city and are getting Iraqi 'defense forces' to do the 
dirty work of searching Iraqis passing through the lines.

They intimated that the US forces would suffer serious casualties if they 
were to try to take the city itself.

The show also detailed something else possibly more serious for the US. That 
is it appears that the Ukrainians, Poles and Japanese have all done informal 
'non-aggression' agreements with the Mehdi militias. The Spanish are backing 
off entirely. The Italians have agreed to not go into the centre of their 
city in return for the MA not brandishing weapons openly there. The Brit 
Army strongly denies that it has negotiated at all with the rebels in Basra.

Also some Rep US Senator came on and discussed the need to bring Al-Badr to 
the negotiating table. Obviously, at some level the US ruling class is 
facing up to the realities that they are losing hold of Iraq and they will 
try to 'buy' the Shia back on board.

Is mise

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