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Capitalism, root of ongoing US wars
Mon, 02 May 2011 07:01:44 GMT
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An aerial view of the massive US embassy in Iraq, which at a cost of 3/4 billion dollars staffs an estimated 1,000 diplomats.
Most of the foreign wars the United States has been involved in to date have been of long duration and the resulting occupations have been even longer.

Numbers of political experts, including Baghdad-based Ali al-Nashmi, believe that these drawn-out wars and occupations are not the result of mere chance or even military expediency, but are, instead, the consequence of capitalism, which dictates US policy.

In an interview with Press TV, Nashmi discusses the US invasion and near ten years of occupation of Iraq. The following is a transcript of that interview:

Press TV: The US has said that its combat troops have left Iraq; however, 40,000 troops still remain in the country. April 2011 just passed was the bloodiest month since 2009, with eleven American soldiers being killed. Why is this the case? Why is there still no stability? What is the overall goal of Americans still being in Iraq? The original goal was to find WMDs, which we know never existed - so why are the Americans still in Iraq, in your perspective?

Ali al-Nashmi: This is part of global American foreign policy. They are a large global power and their policy is to put military bases everywhere on earth. They must therefore have bases in Iraq and in Afghanistan and NATO bases in Europe, etc. This is part of the global American policy game (of hegemony).

To prove this, the American government signed a pact with Iraq in 2009 that states that the US must support Iraqi forces, train these force and support them with air and ground weapons such as tanks and then hand over power at the end of 2011 to Iraqi forces to hold the security of the country. But...

They have done nothing in terms of training Iraqi forces and they have done nothing really to support Iraq air security. There is not one US jet in the Iraqi forces now; we have up to seven military helicopters only. About 150 tanks have been supplied, which represents no serious commitment - it's nonsense.

And the weakness of the security forces in Iraq is apparent, and I think this is part of their game to prove that Iraq security forces are incapable of handling security and ensure stability, thereby providing justification for the US military to stay in Iraq. I think this just reflects, in part, American global policy around the world.

Press TV: The US is going through a serious economic situation right now. We also know that the US embassy that has just been built in Iraq is the most expensive and largest embassy in the world -- to the size of 80 football fields. So why have they made such a sizable investment in Iraq?

Ali al-Nashmi: This is linked to capitalism. A growth base out of capitalism is grounded in war - War that increases income to the US military industrial complex. Without this, their capitalism would collapse.

They will stay in Iraq in consideration of their enemies. Due to the nature of capitalism, they must be looking for other places to build military bases. They must attack other countries or make threats, as they are always threatening Iran.

They threaten Iran by accusing the country of suspicion of building nuclear weapons and need to contain Hezbollah in other places. The capitalism link means they must stay growing by moving from one war to another so the wheel of the US military industrial complex keeps turning...

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