• Military Thought
  • 2003-09-30MTH-No. 003
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LESSONS FROM THE WAR IN IRAQ

Author: G. A. BEREZKIN, V. V. BARVINENKO, V. A. MENSHIKOV, M. A. GAREEV, A. D. TSYGANOK

On June 6, 2003, the RF Defense Ministry Institute of Military History hosted a session of the Academy of Military Sciences Council devoted to analysis of the war in Iraq (March-April 2003) and assessment of its implications. Following is the text of presentations by participants in the session (authors' abridged versions).

Maj. Gen. G. A. BEREZKIN Doctor of Technical Sciences Deputy head of the RF Defense Ministry Center of Military-Technical Information Studies Military-Political Aspects

The military operation by the U. S. -British coalition force against Iraq in March- April 2003 precipitated the formation of a basically new system of international relations. It becomes clear that a substantial part of the world community is yielding to pressure from Washington that is taking radical measures to re-carve the world to its pattern. Issues on the agenda already include forms of U. S. global domination, above all the establishment of U. S. control over the main hydrocarbon resources and transformation of the Islamic world that possesses these resources (according to a Washington scenario).

Analysis of official documents by the Bush administration and of statements by members of the U. S. political establishment, which were made public recently, gives cause to single out two main lines in the U. S. foreign policy course resulting from the successful military operation against Iraq. First, forced consolidation of a unipolar world order with a formal recognition of the U. S. role as the sole arbiter and policeman. In these conditions, international organizations such as the UN will apparently be assigned the role of mere extras in the game unfolding on the "world chess board" with just one active player. Even NATO will have to contend just with "peacekeeping missions" in territories "liberated" by the Americans from "international terrorists."

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