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Five years into the occupation of Iraq and seven years after the war in Afghanistan started the Americans and their allies are bogged down in an unwinnable situation. Even if they withdraw from Iraq in the medium term future, the political and social repercussions of the war will go on for decades. The attempt to carve out a new sphere of influence in the Middle East, and thus guarantee oil supplies has proven to be a lot more difficult than the American Imperialists imagined, and serves to demonstrate the limits to the power that they can wield. The New World Order has become disorder and the economic and financial crisis in America brilliantly confirms Trotsky’s analysis when he explained that the cost of the growth of American Imperialism was to accumulate “dynamite in its foundations”.