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Babylon, one of great centers of the ancient world, is in present-day Iraq. The US now rules Babylon and beyond. Its invasion of Iraq is old wine in new bottles. It is an imperial power conquering a weaker state using sanctimonious rhetoric, fear mongering and outright mendacities. The Bush regime launched an aggressive war. There have been few more flagrant examples of lawlessness in recent history. And like empires of old the new imperialists pose as peacemakers. "We want peace. We are a peaceful people," proclaims the Commander-in-Chief. The US is now stuck in Babylon. The war and occupation of course have produced some winners. Can anyone say Halliburton or Bechtel?
Tariq (Tah-rick) Ali, born in Lahore, Pakistan, is an internationally renowned writer. He is based in London where he is an editor of New Left Review. He's written more than a dozen books on world history and politics. A charismatic speaker, he is in great demand all over the world. In his spare time he is a filmmaker, playwright and novelist. He is the author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms and Bush in Babylon.