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23 January 2003 "..WRONG WAR at the WRONG TIME!"
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Ma.)
1) France Vows to Block Resolution on Iraq War
2) Germany against military action against Iraq
3) Russia Military See U.S. Iraq Attack in Feb
4) Standing on the Dead -- Bush-Nazi Connection
5) Demand Congress to Respect UN Process
6) Kucinich: "Peace as a Civil Right"Editor's Notes:
The following is from the story that broke on CBS TV Evening News on January 21, 2003:"There are new signs that war could take an enormous economic toll. Military officials tell CBS News tonight they have a solid indication that Saddam plans to blow up Iraq's oil wells, if it appears certain that his regime will fall.
He did it in Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War. It took 9 months to put out the fires. Iraq has twice the number of wells –
The Gulf Region is still recovering from the environmental and economic affects of Saddam's scorch earth policy of 1991. Destroying the Iraqi oil wells now would send oil prices into the stratosphere and cripple the economic recovery here."
It appears that something far more sinister is going on than just a war for oil. Destabilization seems to be in the interests of the Bush administration. One can speculate why, but unless peace can persevere, unfortunately, we are going to find out.
Items 1 and 2 contain good news from France and Germany, and the strengthening of the UN to unite the world under a process for peace and a better economic and environmental direction. Item 3 is about a report from Moscow stating that US war plans are on for mid February. John Roberts of CBS News reported "..that it appears the White House is becoming increasingly convinced that if it comes to war it may be without the blessing of the U.N." Item 4 is another explosive piece by Marc Ash, exposing the Bush-Nazi connection. When will this story reach effectively through to the mainstream media? Item 5 has some actions for what you can do to support the UN peace process, and item 6 begins and links to another inspirational speech by Dennis Kucinich, "Peace as a Civil Right."
1) France Vows to Block Resolution on Iraq War
-- At the United Nations, several foreign ministers said a war in Iraq would spawn more terrorist acts around the globe and, in the words of Germany's Joschka Fischer, have "disastrous consequences for long-term regional stability."
Resource: Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com
France Vows to Block Resolution on Iraq War
By Glenn Kessler and Colum Lynch
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 20 -- France suggested today it would wage a major diplomatic fight, including possible use of its veto power, to prevent the U.N. Security Council from passing a resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.
France's opposition to a war, emphatically delivered here by Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, is a major blow for the Bush administration, which has begun pouring tens of thousands of troops into the Persian Gulf in preparation for a military conflict this spring. The administration had hoped to mark the final phase in its confrontation with Iraq when U.N. weapons inspectors deliver a progress report Monday.
But in a diplomatic version of an ambush, France and other countries used a high-level Security Council meeting on terrorism to lay down their markers for the debate that will commence next week on the inspectors' report. Russia and China, which have veto power, and Germany, which will chair the Security Council in February, also signaled today they were willing to let the inspections continue for months.
Only Britain appeared to openly support the U.S. position that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has thwarted effective inspections.
"If war is the only way to resolve this problem, we are going down a dead end," de Villepin told reporters. "Already we know for a fact that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs are being largely blocked, even frozen. We must do everything possible to strengthen this process."
The United Nations, he said, should stay "on the path of cooperation. The other choice is to move forward out of impatience over a situation in Iraq to move towards military intervention. We believe that today nothing justifies envisaging military action."
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, in the face of such comments, departed from his prepared text on terrorism and implored his colleagues to remember that the Security Council resolution passed unanimously Nov. 8 gave Iraq "a last chance" to meet its obligations. "We must not shrink from our duties and our responsibilities when the material comes before us next week," Powell said. He used a variation of the phrase "must not shrink" three more times as he addressed the council.
During the weeks of debate on the Iraq resolution, French officials had indicated they were open to some sort of military intervention if Iraq did not comply. But now the French appear to have set much higher hurdles for support.
Rising opposition to war, particularly in France, appears to have played a role in the hardening positions on the Security Council. Foreign officials are also aware of polls in the United States suggesting that support for a war drops dramatically if the Bush administration does not have U.N. approval.
While the United Nations was debating today, U.S. military officials announced that the Army is sending a force of about 37,000 soldiers, spearheaded by the Texas-based 4th Infantry Division, to the Persian Gulf region. It is the largest ground force identified among an estimated 125,000 U.S. troops ordered to deploy since Christmas Eve, the Associated Press reported.
At the United Nations, several foreign ministers said a war in Iraq would spawn more terrorist acts around the globe and, in the words of Germany's Joschka Fischer, have "disastrous consequences for long-term regional stability."
"Terrorism is far from being crushed," said Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. "We must be careful not to take unilateral steps that might threaten the unity of the entire [anti-]terrorism coalition. In this context we are strictly in favor of a political settlement of the situation revolving around Iraq."
Powell replied: "We cannot fail to take the action that may be necessary because we are afraid of what others might do. We cannot be shocked into impotence because we are afraid of the difficult choices that are ahead of us."
But when the foreign ministers emerged from the council debate and addressed reporters, it appeared that Powell's pleas had made little impact. Although President Bush said last week he was "sick and tired of games and deception," Fischer said the inspections were a success.
"Iraq has complied fully with all relevant resolutions and cooperated very closely with the U.N. team on the ground," Fischer said. "We think things are moving in the right direction, based on the efforts of the inspection team, and [they] should have all the time which is needed."
Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said Monday's report should be regarded as a "new beginning" rather than an end to inspections. The chief weapons inspectors "have been talking about that there is more work to do in terms of the inspections and they need more time. I think we should respect their opinion and support their work."
De Villepin, in a lengthy and at times theatrical news conference, was asked whether France would use its veto power to thwart Washington's campaign for quick action. He said France "will shoulder its responsibilities, faithful to the principles it has."
France would never "associate ourselves with military intervention that is not supported by the international community," de Villepin added. "We think that military intervention would be the worst possible solution."
France, as chair of the Security Council this month, had organized today's meeting on terrorism in part to draw attention to its contention that the Iraq situation has detracted from the more pressing need to confront international terrorism.
De Villepin reacted coolly to suggestions, made by senior Bush administration officials Sunday, that Hussein and his top advisers be offered political asylum outside Iraq to avert a war. "The problem is something more difficult than a question of change of regime," he said. "Let us not be diverted from our objective. It is the disarmament of Iraq."
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan also indirectly criticized the prospect of war when he addressed the council on terrorism. "Any sacrifice of freedom or the rule of law within states -- or any generation of new disputes between states in the name of anti-terrorism -- is to hand the terrorists a victory that no act of theirs could possibly bring," he said, alluding to frequent U.S. assertions that the confrontation with Iraq is part of the larger war on terrorism.
The only sign of support for the U.S. position came from its closest ally, Britain. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said "time was running out" for Hussein and his "cat and mouse" game. But Straw added that Britain preferred a U.N. resolution authorizing force.
"Iraq has a responsibility now to avoid a conflict, to avoid a war," Powell told reporters. "There is no question that Iraq continues to misunderstand the seriousness of the position that it's in.
"If the United Nations is going to be relevant," he added, "it has to take a firm stand."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19221-2003Jan20.html
2) Germany against military action against Iraq
U.S. Angst Over Allies Grows
Jan. 22, 2003
In a move that will heighten Bush administration anxiety, Germany has come out against any Security Council resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had already refused to commit troops to any such war, but hedged on whether he'd back U.N.approval for any action. At a party rally Tuesday night, he aligned himself closely with the French, who have also voiced skepticism over the justification for conflict.
"Don't expect Germany to approve a resolution legitimizing war, don't expect it," Schroeder said.
Just a day earlier, the United States mounted a coordinated diplomatic offensive aimed at getting reluctant allies to back military action.
Clearly displaying his irritation, President Bush mocked calls to give inspectors beyond their Jan. 27 report to complete their job.
"This business about more time, how much time do we need to see clearly that he's not disarming?" Mr. Bush told reporters.
Also Tuesday, the White House released a detailed report called "Apparatus of Lies," documenting what it calls Iraq's "disinformation and propaganda campaigns."
"The Iraqis use elaborate ruses and obvious falsehoods, covert actions and false on-the-record statements, and sophisticated preparation and spontaneous exploitation of opportunities," the report read. "To craft tragedy, the regime places civilians close to military equipment, facilities, and troops, which are legitimate targets in an armed conflict."
The report accuses the Iraqis of leaking false stories to the press, exploiting Islam, forging documents and, "in a particularly shocking practice," holding dead babies for months "so that they can stage mass funeral processions and create the impression that UN sanctions are killing small children."
The report is similar to an effort prior to the 1991 Gulf War to depict atrocities by the Iraqi government. One of the more sensational accusations, that Iraqi soldiers had removed babies from incubators so that they would die, was never substantiated.
In a speech cleared by the White House, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage Tuesday said time was running out for any option except war.
Though no proof has been made public, Armitage said the 16 chemical weapons discovered recently in Iraq were on the tip of an iceberg that illustrates Saddam's duplicity.
"Finding these 16 warheads just raises a basic question: Where are the other 29,984? Because that's how many empty chemical warheads the U.N. Special Commission estimated he had, and he's never accounted for," Armitage said.
White House officials said Armitage's argument previewed the case Mr. Bush will make against Saddam in his State of the Union address. They said Mr. Bush would not announce hostilities or impose a deadline Tuesday night, and they played down prospects of new evidence being revealed.
CBS News Correspondent John Roberts reports that it appears the White House is becoming increasingly convinced that if it comes to war it may be without the blessing of the U.N.
The president faces fierce opposition to the idea of war, not only at the U.N. Security Council, but also among many Democrats on Capitol Hill who said the threat from Iraq is not imminent.
"I continue to be convinced that this is the wrong war at the wrong time," says Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Ma.).
Russia, France, Germany and Syria are Security Council members who say they are unconvinced a war is necessary. France and Russia have veto power, and Germany will soon hold the Council presidency.
Schroeder did not specify whether Germany would vote against a resolution or abstain. The French have left open the possibility of military action against Saddam as a last resort, but Schroeder has not.
Still, British Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane said Wednesday he was confident the United Nations would approve action against Iraq.
"The U.N. will accept its responsibilities in this matter and make sure that Saddam Hussein does not get away with what he has been getting away with for years," MacShane told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Meanwhile, arms monitors, on their daily rounds of surprise inspections, stirred up protests from angry students at Baghdad Technology Institute on Wednesday.
"No War For Oil," read one student's sign in English, reflecting a common Iraqi view that U.S. threats to attack Iraq are motivated by lust for oil.
The U.N. teams Wednesday also made unannounced visits to the Badr Company, an engineering facility south of Baghdad where work was carried out before the 1991 Gulf linked to Iraq's nascent nuclear program; and to Basra University.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/01/18/world/main537096.shtml
3) Russia Military See U.S. Iraq Attack in Feb
Published January 22, 2003 by Reuters
Russia Military See U.S. Iraq Attack in Feb
MOSCOW - Russia's armed forces have obtained information that the United States and its allies have already decided to launch military action in Iraq from mid-February, news agency Interfax said on Wednesday.
The agency's specialist military news wire AVN, quoting an unnamed high-ranking source in the Russian general staff, said U.S.-led operations would be launched once an attacking force of 150,000 had been assembled in the Gulf.
"According to the information we have, the operation is planned for the second half of February. The decision to launch it has been taken but not yet been made public," the source told the agency, which has generally authoritative contacts in the Russian military and political establishment.
The source added that the main aim of the war would be to secure control of Iraqi oilfields.
It was not indicated by what means the Russian military had obtained such information -- it was not clear if it had been acquired covertly by Russian intelligence services or by a direct tip-off from Washington, which would be keen to avoid any misunderstandings with Moscow if it does launch a war.
The United States says it is building up a force estimated to reach more than 150,000 by the end of next month. Britain is sending a further 30,000 troops. No other allies have come forward with significant military commitments so far and some, notably France, Germany and Russia are against rapid action.
"The military operation against Iraq will be conducted by a combination of means -- strikes will be from the air, land and sea. The war will be short, lasting about one month," the Russian source was quoted as saying.
The source added that the main aim of the operation was not so much to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein but to secure U.S. control over Iraqi oilfields. "Hussein is the pretext. The real aim of the military action is control over Iraqi oil," he said.
Russia, together with France which is also a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, are cautioning against US action in Iraq now while U.N. arms inspectors are continuing to search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction there.
Russia has a major commercial interest in Iraqi oil and has made clear its eagerness to exploit Iraq's huge reserves once U.N. sanctions on Saddam are lifted.
Copyright 2003 Reuters Ltdhttp://www.reuters.com
4) Standing on the Dead -- Bush-Nazi Connection
Standing on the Dead
By Marc Ash
t r u t h o u t | Essay http://truthout.org/docs_02/012303A.ma.dead.htm
Wednesday 22 January 2003
"What luck for the rulers that men do not think."
In October of 1942, under the Trading With the Enemy Act, the U.S. government halted operations at New York's Union Banking Corporation. A bank official was charged with "Running Nazi front groups in the Untied States."
His name: Prescott Bush.
Prescott Bush, father of future US President George Herbert Walker Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, had been hard at work on behalf of his Nazi partners. In flagrant violation of U.S. law, Prescott Bush had worked tirelessly to launder money, procure raw materials, arrange transportation and provide guidance for the Nazi war effort and the German army he had helped to build.
In April of 2002, George W. Bush -- standing literally on the bones of the men who fell at Normandy beachhead in mortal combat with that very same Nazi army -- delivered his Memorial Day address. He said, in part, "This is a day our country has set apart to remember what was gained in our wars, and all that was lost."
Let us remember. As the German army came crashing into Poland, spreading death and destruction in its path, Prescott Bush continued aiding the Nazis. As German tanks rolled through the Ardennes Forest and into Paris, Prescott Bush continued aiding the Nazis.As Allied forces fighting to defend France were forced literally into the sea at Dunkirk by the German Army, Prescott Bush continued aiding the Nazis. As German war planes rained bombs down on London, killing 50 thousand English men, women and children, Prescott Bush continued aiding the Nazis. As millions died at the hands of the most ruthless and violent organization the world has ever known, Prescott Bush continued aiding them. And of course, as Hitler and the Nazis planned and carried out the extermination of Europe's Jews, Prescott Bush was an eager and active partner.
When did Bush stop? When we made him stop.
In this case, George W. Bush won't have to worry about the US Government shutting him down. That's been taken care of -- he is the US Government.
As debate rages back and forth across the Atlantic over the morality and acceptability of this assault against Iraq, it is interesting to note the German position.
It was Germany who bought most completely into the war lie during the past century. It was the German people who, with their faith in country and leadership, and even their loyalty to the Fatherland, made possible the greatest nightmare the world has ever known. It is those same German people who stand today before Europe and the world in unflinching opposition to this latest world conquering force.
How well do the German people know George W. Bush? Better than they want to.
Heir to the Holocaust: http://www.clamormagazine.org/features/issue14.3_feature.3.html
The Bush Nazi Connection: http://www.lpdallas.org/features/draheim/dr991216.htm
Gold Fillings, Auschwitz & George Bush: http://www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/bushies.htm
Or just do a search at www.google.com under " Prescott Bush Nazi UBC 1942" and take your pick of the documents that come up. (Highly recommended.)
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5) Demand Congress to Respect UN Process
Tell Your Congressperson to Pressure the President On Iraq:
The UN Process Must Be Respectedhttp://www.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=2411&ms=conglt1&ref=48259
The United Nations Inspections are working. Foreign and domestic opposition to a unilateral invasion of Iraq by the United States is growing. Even Tony Blair's administration is muttering about a need to get approval from the House of Commons before sending in British Troops. Everybody seems to "get it" except for the Bush Administration.
A letter addressed to President Bush is being circulated in Congress. It calls for The President to "make every attempt to achieve Iraq's disarmament through diplomatic means and with the full support of our allies, in accordance with the process articulated in UN Security Council resolution 1441."
Shouldn't your Representative's name be on this sensible letter? Click Reply and we'll send a fax to your Representative now asking them to sign on. If you want to customize the fax or if a friend forwarded this email to you, just click this link to send your free fax:http://www.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=2411&ms=conglt1&ref=48259
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6) Kucinich: "Peace as a Civil Right"
U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich
Lakewood Ministerial Alliance
Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Lakewood Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 19, 2003
Peace as a Civil Right
"Oh hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine." - - This Is My Song, Finlandia, Jean Sibelius
The life of Dr. Martin Luther King shines like the sun through the clouds which hover over this nation, casting a beam of light whenever darkness seeks to envelope us, illuminating our way over the rocky, perilous ground until we can envision the upward path towards social and economic justice.
This evening let us reflect on his challenge to America's prosecution of a war in Vietnam as we ponder an America poised to once again use its destructive power against a nation of people already broken by war, by US sanctions, by an uncaring leader. America stands ready to accelerate the bombing over major cities in Iraq, to destroy lives, families, houses, buildings, water systems, electric systems, to light fires to force populations to move, to engage in house to house combat. All in the name of fighting terrorism. In the name of removing weapons of mass destruction.
In his speech thirty five years ago at Riverside Church in New York City, Dr. King created the synthesis of peace and civil rights.
"Somehow this madness must cease," Dr. King said then of the annihilation of the Vietnamese people and their nation. "I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted."
Let us contemplate his words. "Somehow this madness must cease." Tonight we call for an end to the pretext for war. Tonight we call for the end of justification for war. Tonight we call for the end of a military build up towards war. Tonight we call for the end of war in the hearts of those who desire war. Tonight we call for the beginning of compassion. Tonight we call for human dignity. Tonight we call for human unity.
"I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam," Dr. King said.
Once again the hopes of people of two nations are being smashed by weapons in the name of eliminating weapons. Let us abolish weapons of mass destruction at home. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor education is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction.
Let us abolish such weapons of mass destruction here at home. Let us use hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, which some would cast upon Iraq in bombs and warring troops, instead for the restoration of the American Dream, to rebuild our economy and to expand opportunities for all. We have a duty to assert our human needs as a people and not to yield them for the base concerns of an unresponsive government: We have a right to a job. We have a right to decent housing. We have a right to health care. We have a right to food fit to eat, air fit to breathe and water fit to drink. Peace is a civil right which makes other human rights possible. Peace is the precondition for our existence. Peace permits our continued existence.
"I speak as a citizen of the world," Dr. King said, "for the world, as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our nation: The great initiative in this war is ours, the initiative to stop it must be ours."
Today the world is watching, once again, aghast at an America resolutely poised for war. The UN is already predicting a war against Iraq will bring about at least 500,000 casualties among the men, women and children of Iraq who are not foreigners, but are our brothers and sisters.
It is up to us to rally our countrymen and countrywomen to the cause of peace, for the sake of peace, and for the sake of the innocents and whatever innocence of our own we may rescue.
For the sake of truth too.
No justification whatsoever exists for the United States, the United Nations or any institution whose existence celebrates justice or human unity to wage war against Iraq..
for the complete transcript, see:http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/oh10_kucinich/030122MLKday.html
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