Iraq: A Simplistic View for
For George Bush,
or so it would seem, the war in Iraq could not be more simple.
If Saddam Hussein-s Ba-ath regime is not in favour of the USA
(gaining control of his country-s mineral resources by proxy
and establishing a strategic stronghold in the region) then it
against Washington and therefore must be eliminated as a
threat to national security. This is the simplistic view, for
In practice, it gets more complicated. For
the Iraqi regime to be eliminated, it is necessary to find a
pretext. There weren-t any. Therefore it was necessary to
invent one, and they did. First there was Powell-s ?hard
evidence¦ that Iraq had WMD (based on the infamous British
intelligence report, copied from a 12-year-old text) and then
it was the forged documents presented to the UNO, claiming
that Niger had exported yellowcake uranium to Iraq illegally,
dismissed by Mohamed El-Baradei as forgeries.
diplomatic front, the UN Security Council made it clear that
it would not support a motion for war due to the lack of
pretexts. Hard as they tried, they were not able to find a
link between the Iraqi regime and international terrorism,
except some obscure groups in Northern Iraq way out of Saddam
Hussein-s reach and well within the no-fly zones policed by
An intelligent decision would have been to
realise that there was neither a pretext for war, nor was the
moment right for a coup de theatre on the diplomatic stage.
However, when people of the calibre of Bush and Rumsfeld are
involved, an intelligent decision is not usually forthcoming
and in this case, the worst possible course of action was
The USA is committing war crimes in Iraq, the
USA is committing acts of murder, the UDSAF is bombing
hospitals, killing children, killing civilians while thousands
of Iraqis are struggling to enter the country to fight the
The American forces are not liberators,
they are invaders. If Bush does not respect a democratic forum
of law, he acts like a dictator and if his armed forces commit
acts of murder in an illegal conflict, then Bush, as
Commander-in-Chief of these forces is a war criminal, Bush is
a murderer. This is not a question of opinion v it is fact,
based upon the principles of international law.
from Bush-s simplistic viewpoint, if he and his administration
are not with the principles of international law, they must be
against them, as such being a threat to the national security
of every nation on earth. If the Bush administration do not
use the proper channels of debate, they behave like dictators,
as they accuse Saddam Hussein of doing. If Saddam Hussein has
sent people to their deaths, so has George Bush, as governor
If Iraqi TV shows pictures of American
prisoners of war, so does CNN show Iraqi p-o-w-s. If Bush
complains that Iraqi soldiers masquerade as civilians, so do
CIA operationals working undercover. Neither side is going to
sport a target, fix an arrow over their heads with a sign
?Look! I-m a danger man! Shoot me!¦
simplistic view, the French Resistance were terrorists,
fighting against Hitler-s evil fascist forces, Stalin-s
scorched earth policy was cowardice.
When a people
fights a war to defend their country against aggression, they
stand together, they fight with whatever means they have. They
are being invaded and in this case, the aggression is illegal.
Bush, the simpleton, is an insult to humanity, an
insult to his people and an insult to world history, which
will judge him, along with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Blair,
Straw and Hoon as war criminals who tried to destroy the
authority of the UNO as a legal forum, disregarded the
fundamental principles of diplomacy and flouted international
law in an illegal and murderous campaign.
All of the
worst fears shared by many about the intentions of the Bush
administration were, after all, wholly and very well founded.
The Bush administration in its simplistic, criminal and
murderous approach to crisis management, has ensured that the
USA will be at least regarded with distaste and mistrust in
future by the rest of the world, and at worst with bitter
hatred, contempt and thirst for revenge.
What is the
difference between the murder of an Iraqi by an American pilot
or the murder of an American by a fundamentalist? Curiously,
before this war was launched, there was no link between
Baghdad and Islamic fundamentalism. The Bush administration-s
simplistic approach has forged the missing link. Now the
American people will face the consequences.
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