The Iraq War – business as usual | Youssef El-Gingihy


The long awaited Chilcot inquiry has confirmed what most critics knew all along. The legality of the Iraq war was dubious. The evidence of WMD was a grotesque fabrication. The war should never have taken place. But have we really learnt anything from Iraq? The resounding answer is no and the evidence is all around us.

Iraq is not the aberration or the exception. It is the norm. It is business as usual. Blair was not a poodle to Bush. He was merely maintaining the paramount Anglo-American Atlanticist relationship that is the bulwark of NATO.

The Iraq war was fundamentally about liberalisation of state assets to global capital. It was estimated that Iraq could be worth $100 billion to the US economy. In the process, it was transformed from a secular dictatorship into a Jihadist safe haven. Rumsfeld’s decision to disband Saddam’s Baathist army led to chaos and now makes up a significant component of ISIS. This is a hallmark of colonial-era tactics of divide and rule. The deliberate stoking of tensions through a US sponsored sectarian Shia-led Iraqi government was notable. This ultimately led to the Sunni backlash and the spawning of ISIS.



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3 thoughts on “The Iraq War – business as usual | Youssef El-Gingihy

  1. casalealex

    Some IRAQ Deadly IS attacks in 2016

    An Iraqi woman grieves at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad on 9 JuneImage copyrightAP

    9 June 2016: At least 30 people killed in and around Baghdad in two suicide attacks claimed by IS

    17 May 2016: Four bomb blasts kill 69 people in Baghdad; three of the targets were Shia areas

    11 May 2016: Car bombs in Baghdad kill 93 people, including 64 in market in Shia district of Sadr City

    1 May 2016: Two car bombs kill at least 33 people in southern city of Samawa

    26 March 2016: Suicide attack targets football match in central city of Iskandariya, killing at least 32

    6 March 2016: Fuel tanker blown up at checkpoint near central city of Hilla, killing 47

    28 February 2016: Twin suicide bomb attacks hit market in Sadr City, killing 70


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