March 20, 2023, marks 20 years since the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq. From the initial horrific “shock and awe” bombing campaign, through the invasion and subsequent occupation, some one million Iraqis died and the entire society was devastated.
At the time of the initial invasion of Iraq, the WSWS published many statements on the background of the war, the lies used to justify it and its implications. This page features some of the most important statements.
The war against Iraq was part of three decades of unending war that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was preceded by the first Gulf War (1990-91), the bombing of Serbia (1999) and the invasion of Afghanistan (2001). It was followed by the bombing of Libya (2011) and the US-backed war in Syria (2011).
In the preface of A Quarter Century of War: The US drive for global hegemony: 1990-2016 David North, the Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, wrote:
The last quarter century of US-instigated wars must be studied as a chain of interconnected events. The strategic logic of the US drive for global hegemony extends beyond the neocolonial operations in the Middle East and Africa. The ongoing regional wars are component elements of the rapidly escalating confrontation of the United States with Russia and China.
As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the war against Iraq, the US and NATO powers are relentlessly escalating their war against Russia. At the same time, the US is preparing the ground for a military confrontation with China.
The statements, essays and articles included on this page are essential not only for understanding the war in Iraq itself, but the fundamental social, historical and political issues behind the eruption of imperialism.