ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Gulf War and Democratic Forces

IN addition to its far-reaching economic consequences, immediate and intermediate, the Gulf war, unleashed by US president George Bush, faces humanity with perhaps the gravest political challenge in modern history; if the US venture succeeds in beating Iraq into submission without heavy military and political costs to itself, then for some time to come the so-called Third World would be subjected to unquestioned US domination and dictates, the struggling resurgence of Arab people will for some time to come be dissolved in confusion, the non-aligned movement will be reduced to only a pitiable shadow of its past ebullience and the Soviet Union will be relegated to the margin of international politics. China will be ignored as irrelevant and Cuba may be the next object of the US 'disciplinary' exercise. for nearly two hundred years, that is, since the Napoleonic era, the world has never been subordinated to the unchallenged domination of a single power as it will be in the event of the US success in its present venture in the Gulf region. All these years international relations have revolved around some supposed balance of power, that is, in the final analysis, a balance of terror.

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