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Reasons for War
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small minds and great empires ill go together." Edmund
(1729-97) (British conservative writer)
Rare has it
been that the American public has had the opportunity to preempt
a war. Rarer still has there been occasion to really review the
claimed bases for war; to challenge the claims put forth by the
that chance today, and many (alas, not enough!) are using this opportunity
to examine the latest published or aired pretext for this looming
The Bush Regime's
most trusted man is ex-General Colin Powell. His recent performances
at the UN, however, have left a lot to be desired.
of State, Powells position commands the ears of the multitude.
It doesnt help things, however, when he presents materials
from British intelligence that turns out to be bogus. For at least
two generations of Americans, the very idea of British intelligence
evokes images of the suave English spy, Bond... James Bond. But
the latest offering from MI-6 was hardly the stuff of Bondian legend.
The claimed dossier on Iraq was, in fact, largely the thesis of
an Arab-American grad student, one
Ibrahim Al-Marashi, and stuff gleaned from an article published
"Janes" magazine. Beleaguered British Prime Minister,
Tony Blair, palmed this report off on Powell as an "intelligence
report," to solidify his links with the Bush Regime, and to
strengthen his position back home, where his poll numbers are falling
faster than a rapper's pants. Mr. Al-Marashi, who hails from a Shi'ite
family based in Baltimore, has never visited Iraq, and based his
paper on published accounts in an Israeli journal on Mid-East affairs.
Yet, this is the stuff called "intelligence," and is waved
by the Bush Regime as a casus belli (cause for war)!
So hungry are
the boys in Washington for bombings in Baghdad that they recycle
students' papers as "intelligence," as the basis for invasion
and mass death.
the latest, greatest hit by that Arab rapper, Osama bin Laden, whose
latest tape was trumpeted by Powell and his bellicose bosses as
"proof" that Saddam was "linked" to Al-Qaeda?
While compliant, corporate media allowed segments to be played that
supported the state's interpretation (their patriotic duty, right?)
another periodical printed a translation of the tape which left
little doubt about how the bin Ladenites viewed the Ba'ath Regime:
are infidels wherever they are, either in Baghdad or Aden.
Such war which
may take place these days is similar to the war between Muslims
and Romans, when the interests of the Muslims came along with the
interests of the Persians, who both fought against the Romans."
Alexander Cockburn, "The Great Intelligence Fraud",
The Nation (3/03/03), p. 8.
love lost between them, is it? If this is a "link," then
General Sharon and President Arafat are "linked," if only
by mutual hatred and antagonism. Bin Laden hates Hussein with a
passion; he only hates "The Great Satan" more. Some link,
Yet, for millions
of Americans, who gather their news from the common corporate basket
of the major networks, their fear leads them to accept what their
reason could not. And more than anything else, fear is driving the
common people of this nation to endorse what Dr. Nelson Mandela
has called "a holocaust" in that region of the world.
It is that deep,
pervasive, gnawing fear that is being exploited by the politicians
in Washington. That, and a deeper, far more venal greed (by the
Fear and Greed.
Those will be
the twisted twin legacies that the United States bequeaths to the
world, if King George has his way.
We can say "Freedom"
and "Democracy", but they are but justifications that
we use; things we believe in about as much as we believe in the
stories we tell our little ones; they are the Santa Claus clause
of diplomatic speech.
It will be fear
and greed, dark seeds from the bottom of the human soul, that will
bear a harvest of bitter fruit in seasons to come.
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