[Marxism] Juan Cole commentary

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 9 09:26:03 MDT 2004

Friday, April 09, 2004

Fighting Rages in Fallujah, Najaf, Karbala; 6 US Troops Dead, Hundreds 
of Iraqis

The US suffered 6 more combat deaths on Wednesday and Thursday. In a CNN 
interview retired General Barry MacCaffrey said that the task of the US 
is to regain control of Baghdad and restore its lines of communication 
in the South. He gave away a great deal. One may conclude that a) the US 
has lost control of Baghdad and b) the US communications and supply 
lines in the South have been cut. That is, a year after the fall of 
Saddam, the US faces the task of reconquering the country.

al-Hayat alleged that 300 had been killed in Fallujah and 400 wounded in 
the course of the US military operation there. It says that the Marines 
are fighting heavy, house-to-house battles supported by helicopters. It 
reports that the US succeeded in turning away an aid convoy from Abu 
Ghuraib. The US let in only a few trucks among the 60 that had shown up 
with food, water and medicine for civilians in the city.

The relief convoy was a joint Sunni-Shiite operation, and protesters 
carried posters of assassinated Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and 
Muqtada al-Sadr. It seems to me from reading between the lines in the 
press reporting that some US troops let some of the food and supplies 
into the city as an act of insubordination toward Donald Rumsfeld, 
refusing to fire on unarmed civilians to stop them from entering the 
city with food. Pan-Islam and Sunni-Shiite unity in the face of 
encroaching Western powers have been a political dream since the time of 
Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani in the 19th century, but have usually 
proven futile. Donald Rumsfeld has finally made al-Afghani's dream come 

full: http://www.juancole.com/


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