03 September 2007
British cut and run from Basra Palace
British occupation forces are in the process of abandoning the Basra Palace complex, their last remaining base in the city. From now on the only remaining enclave under their control will be the airport. Handy, that, for when they have to make the final scuttle out of the country. A scuttle that now looks more and more likely before the end of the year.
Make no mistake about it, this is a clear defeat for western, globalised capitalism. They wanted an Iraq that was open to capitalist exploitation, where nothing of any political importance was even discussed. Politics would be reduced to a debate over which part of the economy would be next on the auction block. The Iraqis have put paid to that load of old wank, and all the spin in the world isn't going to alter that fact.
Once the British have finally left Basra, the city will fall under the control, eventually, of the clans and tribes that make up its population. Politics will be about which clan and which tribe gets its paws on which asset.
Forget globalised capitalism: national capitalism cannot survive under those conditions! The fact that the British are leaving, anyway, only demonstrates the weakness of their position.
This is not the end of the war, of course, but it is the beginning of the end as far as Britain is concerned. Those of us who opposed this act of criminal aggression from the start can allow ourselves a good gloat tonight as the last remaining warmongers desperately try to justify their positions.
I went and checked the wankblogs, and sure enough there isn't a peep out of any of them. That could have something to do with the fact that most are still tucked up in their little beds, dreaming of the forward march of capitalism.
Most, but not all. Gene, the weekend warmong in residence over at Harry's Place is on the ball. I commented on the cut and run, and he deleted my comment twice. Then he went on to post some guff about Switzerland. People, could I make this shit up?
The retreat is over and all the troops are now at the airport base. By all accounts the chimp is fuming, and Americans are already claiming that the British have been defeated in Iraq.