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Underwhelms at UN
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first casualty in war is truth." (axiom)
State Colin L. Powell took the floor at the United Nations Security
Council and strove mightily to make the Administration's case for
their support of war in the sandy deserts and cities of Iraq. He
produced tapes that he said were made of generals squabbling over
the "evacuation" of chemical weapons, and cited satellite
photos in support of his argument that the Ba'ath regime was playing
'hide-and-go-seek' with the UN weapons inspectors.
If the reactions
of three major nations on the Council is any measure, then the Secretary
underwhelmed his international audience, for France, Germany, and
China have not changed their positions, and prefer the maintenance
or expansion of the UN weapons inspectors, not war, as the U.S.
to replicate the 1962 performance of Adlai Stevenson at the UN,
who produced satellite photos of nuclear weapons stationed in Cuba.
He did not. He did well, but he did not sell the case for war with
the Iraqi regime. The war is the overarching concern of the Bush
regime, and Powell, an old soldier, was giving his all for 'the
Gipper', but, it appears, his all is not enough to sell the soap.
Iraq is a kind
of obsession to the Bush White House, and it is remarkable how silent
the government is about the saber-rattling of the North Koreans,
who have openly boasted about their nuclear capabilities. Yet, there
is every indication that the Bush regime will sit down with the
Koreans, and work out a deal. The very prospect of talking with
the Iraqis is anathema. No viable political party in American even
broaches such a thing as a possibility. Hence, the seeming inevitability
of war with the Ba'ath regime in Baghdad.
If ever there
was a question about the inherent weakness of the nation's political
parties, their inability to give voice to the anti-war sentiments
of millions of Americans proves their utter irrelevance. Why such
silence? Every major-party figure makes his positions based upon
personal political calculations and advantage. In this sense, the
parliamentarian governments of Europe, which have traditionally
represented wider segments of their population, seem far more attractive
than this quasi-democracy, a 'democracy' that represents the corporate
and industrial wealthy classes over all others. When half a million
men, women, and children march in the nation's capitol, and 70,000
to 100,000 march in San Francisco, and virtually none of this energy
s reflected in the House or the Senate, what kind of 'democracy'
Whom do they
drumbeat for war continues to resound, echoed and amplified by the
corporate media, which hopes that war is good business for their
viewership and corporate shareholders.
most trusted member of the Bush regime, could not bag the game for
his boss. But, the battle for war continues.
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