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Most Americans are expecting the new war in Iraq to be a re-run of the Afghan war and Gulf War I: a quick victory with minimal American fatalities. But world-wide, resistance to the American move is building more quickly than anyone could have imagined. How realistic is it to expect the world to react passively to American aggression?
European leaders are scrambling to put together new alliances independent of US involvement, in an attempt to slow the US attack on Iraq:
It's very possible that this is all being done to assuage the concerns of the European public, who are opposed to war primarily for humanitarian reasons. But the politicians in Europe are presumably well aware that if the US succeeds in establishing an effective monopoly on the supply of oil from the Middle East, the result will be very dire for the European economic system. The USA promises to cut Europe in on the spoils of war, but the question must be -- why trust the USA in such a deal as that? This theme is expounded in detail in these essays --
Meanwhile, if the US does invade with European acquiescence, the war may quickly expand beyond what we expect. Iraq has apparently forged a military alliance with Syria, whose missiles are poised to deliver chemical and biological weapons to Israel. Syria may also have provided a hiding place for weapons owned by Iraq which must not be seen by inspectors -- Israeli apologist columnist Joel Skousen writes:
Even if Skousen's Israeli and US intelligence sources are not correct, we can see that a case is being built for attacking Syria as well as Iraq.