[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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