[Marxism] The significance of the capture of Saddam Hussein
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Sun Jul 25 13:16:09 MDT 2004
In 46 BC the captured Gallic leader, Vercingetorix, was paraded through the
streets of Rome by Caesar to mark the fifth anniversary of his victorious
campaign to quell revolt in Gaul and Germania, a campaign which secured the Roman
Empire’s European possessions.
On Sunday, December 14, 2003, pictures of freshly captured and bedraggled
Saddam Hussein were beamed around the word in triumph by the forces of the
current American Empire as evidence of the progress being made in their stated
objective of ‘securing peace and freedom in the Middle East.’
Over two thousand years separate the ignominious end of Vercingetorix and
Saddam Hussein at the hands of an imperial power, yet the parallels are
striking. Simply put, both men stood up to the prevailing global power and both were
Of course, the mighty propaganda machine the US government has at its
disposal would refute any insinuation that the real objective in the war on terror
is the advancement and consolidation of US hegemony, underpinned with an
ideology of Christian fundamentalism. President Bush’s press conference, broadcast
live to the nation two days after Saddam’s capture, apart from his usual
excruciatingly painful attempts to master the English language, would not have
been out of place in 12th century Europe to an army of Crusaders just before they
set off to do battle with the heathen for the Holy Land.
At one point he proclaimed: “The Almighty has blessed all his children
with the gift of freedom.”
Notwithstanding the fact that the people whom he purports to be bestowing
with freedom and democracy in the Middle East are of the Muslim faith,
whatever happened to the secular ideal at the heart of the formation of the United
States and the drafting of its constitution?
The answer to both the first and second parts of this question is of
course that this campaign was carried out by religious fanatics in order to secure
the control of, not only Iraq, but the entire Middle East. The huge,
unprecedented firepower brought to bear against the demoralised and weakened Iraqi
forces which attempted to resist had another purpose in addition to the successful
prosecution of the war: namely to intimidate any and all who may offer
resistance and dissent either now or in the future to the new reality of US global
dominance. Not only have the Iranians, Syrians and North Koreans been put on
notice as to this reality, but also the Russians and the Chinese.
France and Germany, having already recognized the threat of US global
hegemony, introduced the Euro back in 1998 to combat the dollar as the
international reserve currency. When Saddam had the temerity to switch Iraq’s reserve
currency to the Euro in 2000 he set a dangerous precedent which other oil
producing nations might follow, which more or less invited the occupation of his
country by the United States and the end of his regime. In years to come, as the
battle for economic expansion between the imperial powers continues, the split
between what Rumsfeld chose to refer to as ‘Old Europe’ and the US may widen
further, triggering off a trade war which, in the final analysis, could
ultimately lead to military conflict.
Meanwhile, the people of the Middle East and the developing world shall
continue to suffer the poverty, humiliation and degradation offered by the free
market economy brought to them courtesy of the United States.
Let them all bow to the power of Rome.
And God bless America.
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