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Not In Our Name

Davy Carlin

With Bush and Blair's recent meeting and the publication of Iraq's 'potential for attack ' we are beginning to see the intensification of the warmongering, which interestingly but not surprisingly coincides with the first anniversary of Sept 11th. Yet recently amongst other such statements we have heard that 'War on Iraq could set the Arab world against the west' - so stated a leading Roman Catholic church leader. This questioning on the now almost certain attack on Iraq is being reflected across the broad spectrum. From church to trade unionists to politicians and social activists, with growing majorities of people opposed to any attack, this both at home and internationally.

George Bush states he wants the removal of Saddam Hussian both because he may have weapons of mass destruction and because he is a tyrant. Yet the support the US provide for Israel against both the backdrop of their numerous breakings of UN resolutions - which is one of the reasons given for an attack on Iraq, and in their repression of the Palestinian people - shows differing approaches in both situations. Similarly the support the US have given to Saudi Arabia whose dictatorship is seen by many as more repressive than that of Iraq shows not a contradiction but the reality of their foreign policy direction for US interests.
Despite George Bush's rhetoric, the actual reasoning for an attack on Iraq is twofold. Firstly to attempt to assert their dominance within that region so to demonstrate US power; in doing so then to warn other nations of their superiority, so sending a clear message to any potential rival. Secondly for both economic and strategic reasons in relation to both oil and the placing of a compliant leadership in Iraq who will do the US bidding in the region. In other words to attempt to begin their agenda as stated last year of 'full spectrum dominance' .

Interestingly enough both the West and the US supported Saddam in the eighties while he was gassing Iraqi kurds, yet they did nothing. Why? because of his recent war on and opposition to Iran - an enemy of the US. The US were also at the time both funding and providing weaponry for him. Life of the innocent meant nothing for US interests then and it will mean nothing to them now, only the development of their set agenda, UN or not.

That in part is why unlike the Gulf war most nations now are not offering any support for this US directive, apart from that 'special relationship' of lapdog and master from Britain. So now George Bush is seemingly going to attempt to court allies to give illusions of a coalition before he attacks. From having discussions at home on US soil, to possibly attempting to seek - for perception only - a UN resolution for setting a deadline, or such, for the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq. He now through his advisors and diplomats is attempting a programme of perceived wide spread endorsement.

Bush as per his predecessors he will also use bullying tactics as required - Arab states will be confronted with a mixed bag of 'sweeteners' and veiled threats in order to force a coalition. Despite this there are real fears in Arab states of possible rebellion of their people against any attack on Iraq.

So once again as in all wars it is the duty of those of us who live under the war waging governments to make it very clear - this war will not be done in our name.









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We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
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22 September 2002


Other Articles From This Issue:


Pipedream Peace
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Can The Course of Labour Afford to Wait?
Billy Mitchell


Easily Annoyed
Peter Urban


Academics on Independence, Part 1

Paul Fitzsimmons


Sabra & Shatila

Anthony McIntyre


Palestine & Iraq
Brendan Hughes


Not In Our Name
Davy Carlin


Death Fasts and Oppression Continue in Turkey


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Belfast's "Poor White Trash" and the Dead Dogmas of the Past
Brian Kelly


Top Cat

Anthony McIntyre


Lower Than The Lowest of the Low
Liam O Ruairc


Civil Rights Vets Launch Status Campaign
Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh


Peace Rather than Pipedreams
Sean Smyth


Bush War
Anthony McIntyre




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