No one is surprised to hear the Iraq invasion is great for American business. As Julian Borger succinctly put it in an excellent Guardian piece back in April 2001, “In the Bush administration, business is the only voice. … This is as close as it is possible to get in a democracy to a government of business, by business and for business.”

Behind the flimsy smokescreen of moral outrage and ‘family values’, Bush’s administration’s priorities have always been obvious to onlookers.

But it’s not just infamous Halliburton, and other private companies blessed with reconstruction contracts, who stand to gain. The profit motive is much more comprehensive than that.

New Iraqi legislation has been discreetly implemented to force US-patented genetically modified farming techniques to capture the food market. This technology, long resisted in Europe for health reasons, is being forced on those nations with the least ability to refuse. Under these imposed rules, it will be illegal for Iraqi farmers to sow crops from their own saved seed.

Meanwhile, our corporate-backed media is awash with talk of “liberation” and “freedom”. Our governments ignore the will of large swathes of their population, in a breathtakingly cynical display of elitist arrogance. Iraqi corpses number in the hundreds of thousands. Billions of dollars flow one way into US bank accounts.

And Britain’s leader backs all this 100%.

If we close our eyes to this, we are condoning our governments’ behaviour. We must not take our gaze off them for a moment.