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The War Is Over. Forget about It

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A voice from Russia:

The United States' war against international terrorism, supported by most of the world after the events of September 11, 2001, has come to an end. The victor is terrorism itself, which has managed to impose its own logic on its main opponent, the United States. The first American missile to land in Iraq was confirmation of this victory.

Some may say that it was not a real war. Well, whether it was war or not, the horror caused by an enemy's assault on peaceful cities, the mass empathy of people far way from America and its problems for the innocent victims in New York, the sincere willingness to support a people who had been subjected to such awful aggression and their leader in quickly prepared retribution, these things all happened! There was also a great deal of support for the US within the United Nations, even among those countries which had not always been the US' greatest allies in the past.

However, even in the months following the New York disaster, nobody appeared to claim that US anti-terrorist activity was wholly objective. This suggests that those who publicly voiced their support for the US probably did not really believe this either.

Whatever happens, all those fine words of the US leaders that the war of the civilised world led by the US would last at least 20 years, and that the whole world would be taking part alongside, have already been proven wrong. The war has been lost and it is becoming hard to distinguish between what were apparently two extremes. The 'civilised world' has been left alone with its useless toys such as the UN and the right to veto.

Having got rid of the Taliban regime, the Americans quickly lost interest in finding and destroying the real centres of terrorism, which are actually a long way from the mountains of Afghanistan and the capitals of the Middle East. Instead, it was time to do something far more spectacular and noble, namely establish 'democracy' somewhere with good financial potential.

The choice of Iraq as its next victim in the 'crusade' was the second defeat for the US because everyone saw through their noble motives of anti-terrorism and democracy realizing that the only real motives for war were cheap oil and the opportunity to settle some 12 year old political grudges. Who is brave enough now to believe in US objectivity and fairness?

The US is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish from the monster it is alleged to be fighting against.

Of course the biggest defeat for the US was its inglorious and unprecedented diplomatic fiasco with all the international organisations with which it has direct links, that is the EU, NATO and the UN. US diplomats did not even have enough resources and arguments to convince neighbouring Mexico, nor the African countries which are part of the UN Security Council, let alone the larger countries such as France, Germany and Russia. Is this not a complete disgrace?

After last year's refusal to recognise the jurisdiction of international law courts over its soldiers, Washington then went on to breach other 'formalities' of international law, as if to say 'we are beyond the law.' In this way the US has gradually brought itself down to the same level as the terrorists against whom it is supposedly fighting. Now both the adversaries are beyond the law, only whereas one of them is by nature this way, the other has made a conscious choice to put itself beyond the law.

The war against terrorism is ending in defeat for the US because by attacking Iraq and ignoring the opinions, fears and interests of its allies, old and new, America is only making itself more enemies for many years to come.
Now the American 'war against terrorism' is turning into a personal campaign which other countries are by no means obliged to support. In other words, it is no longer our business.

The war in Iraq should be known for what it is: an unprovoked and unsanctioned attack on a sovereign country, a UN member state that is clearly unable to defend itself against the aggressors.

It is all just another attempt to take over the world and all mankind with it. This is certainly not the main battle but it is not just a warm-up like the operations in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan either. This time the aggressor has captured a strategically very important territory and the huge expense of the war will be compensated by the spoils of victory. The prize will of course be shared with Iraq's neighbours. That way they won't worry too much about which of them will be the next victim. Doesn't this situation remind you of Poland in 1939?

Vladislav Kraev, Rosbalt