" 'US, Britain, heading to disaster' - British Mideast expert"
CAIRO (AFP - 29 March) - Washington and London "have lost the war politically" and
their campaign in Iraq is "heading to a disaster", British Middle East
expert and journalist Patrick Seale wrote in an article published Friday.
"Whatever the military outcome ... the Americans and the British have lost
the war politically and morally,"... .
"The invasion has not filled the hearts (of the Iraqis) with joy ... the US
and the British forces are now facing the nightmare of urban warfare," he
... ."As they prepare to attack Baghdad, military planners are surely
asking: Would it be possible to capture the city at a reasonable cost in US
and British lives," he said.
Seale also mentioned the "pressure exerted" on the coalition by "the
humanitarian crisis" that threatens the 25 million population, and by the
high numbers of expected civilian casualties.
"Whatever the result, the Iraqis are the focus of Arab admiration," said
Seale, referring to the stiff resistance shown in the face of the US-led
force, despite 12 years of "harsh international sanctions."
He said the war has led to "a dangerously widening gap between Gulf
governments that are loyal to the United States and the broader Islamic and
Arab nationalist current."
"The governments in Egypt and Jordan, torn between their loyalty to the
United States and the anger of their public opinion against war, have
started to fear."
Seale charged the United States with "deceitful propaganda" to justify the
"The real target of the war is to make US supremacy prevail on a strategic
oil-rich region, and to protect Israel's regional superiority and its
monopoly over weapons of mass destruction" in the Middle East, he alleged.
Seale, known for his biography of the late Syrian president Hafez Al Assad,
criticised British Prime Minister Tony Blair ... .
"Blair tried to build a bridge between Europe and the United States. The
bridge crumbled when buildings in Baghdad collapsed. It is the worst
diplomatic defeat for British diplomacy in modern history," he said.