End Bloody U.S. Wars for Domination

Nov 15, 2015

The Obama administration announced it is sending ground troops to Syria. In other words, the U.S. has now engaged its own army in still one more war in the Middle East. It had already been bombing Syria, but now U.S. troops are going openly into Syria.

The administration also announced that it is sending Special Forces to northern Iraq, beefing up the U.S. presence in that country.

And more U.S. war planes are being sent into Turkey, which borders on Iraq and Syria, in preparation for stepping up the bombing of both countries. The U.S. government is also increasing the amount of military hardware it is sending into neighboring Jordan and Lebanon.

This region has already seen catastrophe after catastrophe brought on by U.S. invasions, bombing and terrorism. It is about to see more.

For over a quarter of a century, the U.S. has carried out an unending chain of wars throughout the Middle East and Gulf, seeking to impose its domination over this vast, oil-rich region.

During the1991 Persian Gulf War, the U.S. and its allies destroyed much of Iraq’s infrastructure, following that up with a suffocating economic embargo of Iraq, accompanied by more U.S. bombing and further destruction. All this organized violence served as the prelude to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

But the U.S. military foundered in Iraq. Faced with growing resistance, the U.S. funded and armed local sheiks, warlords and religious fanatics, using them to divide the Iraqi population against itself, fueling civil war.

The U.S. also used repressive regimes in Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states to help impose U.S. rule over Iraq. Those dictatorships backed competing terrorist groups in Iraq, fanning the flames of civil war.

The ethnic and sectarian militias backed by the U.S. and its allied regimes made the situation in Iraq a living hell for the civilian population.

Iraq was once one of the most modern countries in the world. Today it seems almost like a country living in the Middle Ages.

After a quarter century, marked by bombing, invasions, terrorism, ethnic and sectarian civil wars, the country has been prostrated. There can be no real idea of the number of people killed, no idea of the millions displaced in Iraq. A country so torn apart by war has no way to measure these things.

Syria, beset by war for a much shorter time, has also been savaged. Over 100,000 people have been killed, according to official estimates. Within the last year, six million out of 18 million people in the country have been driven from their homes.

Four million of the refugees are trapped in Syria. They are literally dodging bullets, shells and bombs, living on the side of roads or huddled in wreckage and bomb craters. Millions are cut off by the fighting from the aid of Red Cross relief workers. What food that is available is so expensive, most cannot afford it. And the two million Syrians who managed to flee the country are being “welcomed” by the barbed wire and concentration camps of the European powers.

U.S. capitalism has thrown the Middle East back to barbarism. And why? Because its oil is vital for the whole U.S. economy. The profits of almost every major U.S. corporation are written in the blood of the Middle East.

U.S. wars in the Middle East have served the interests of a voracious capitalist class.

But they have never served the interests of working people in this country. U.S. workers are the ones sent as soldiers to die, be maimed or psychologically destroyed. The needs of the population in this country go unmet because the military devours increasing amounts of the country’s wealth.

The same capitalist class, seeking to turn everything it can put its hand on into profit, carries out a war against us here at home.

They are the enemy – this vicious U.S. capitalist class. Not the people in another country.