I must state my position clearly and specifically. I oppose George W. Bush's war. I stated that we would regret supporting Saddam when Regan-Bush supported this despot. We are now reaping the rewards of such foolish action, and the administration (much of which is his father's) is seeking to pursue that route again. We must question his policy , for we must pay for it and live with the result.
I have a small Q&A at the end of this which highlights some of the facts that guide me in this.
Bush attempted to force other nations to support his rush to war, and his lack to understanding of diplomacy is glaringly obvious. He is bought the support of some smaller, poorer countries, but is unable to convince Saddam's neighbors that it is safer to attack Saddam than to force him to disarm. It is apparent to the world at large that Saddam tried to avoid destruction, hanging on to peace by a thread. Bush is embracing war and assassination to get his way. Bush started the war, ending world peace, for the world would have supported restraint so long as Saddam co-operated with inspections, and support an attack if and when Saddam failed to disarm. He shows less respect to the U.N., for Saddam reluctantly co-operates while Bush disparages the U.N. for not supporting his position and flaunts it. Even Ossama bin Laden called for muslims to oppose Saddam, and to support their muslim brothers if America attacks Iraq by attacking America. Bush attempted to claim it showed co-operation between Saddam and Ossama to justify his war, a clear lie (listen to a full translation by a news service not dependent on administration leaks and decide for your self). Ossama and Bush both have called for a religious war (Crusade = Jihad), a very un-Christ-like idea. This new imperialism will harm us and the world. Killing civilians will reap more terrorism against the U.S. than Israel has from killing hundreds in Palistine.
I further predict George W. Bush will go down in history. He will be noted as the first minority president under a dominant two party system, not elected, but appointed. He will be seen as responsible for jeopardizing world peace with weakening the U.N., and harming the U.S. economy and environment in support of the rich. His administration will be held responsible for the greatest erosion of civil rights since the Alien and Sedition Acts. The current congress will be reviled for allowing Bush to run rough shod over the constitution.
George W. Bush and Ossama Bin Laden want war. Bush is attempting to destroy the United Nations. He is pushing the greatest loss of privacy and personal rights since the incarceration of the Japanese. He calls Saddam Satan, just as Saddam calls him; I fear they are both right.
1. Q: What percentage of the world's population does the
U.S. have? A: 6%
2. Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the US have? A: 50%
3. Q: Which country has the largest oil reserves? A: Saudi Arabia
4. Q: Which country has the second largest oil reserves? A: Iraq
5. Q: How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide? A: $900+ billion
6. Q: How much of this is spent by the US? A: 50%
7. Q: What percentage of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?
A: About 10%, about $40 billion
8. Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million
9. Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980s.
10. Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical and biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the US government, along with Britain and private corporations (Regan had Saddam removed from the list of terrorists to allow giving him arms).
11. Q: Did the US government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran? A: No
12. Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988? A: 5,000
13. Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time? A:0
14. Q: How many gallons of Agent Orange did America use in Vietnam? A: 17 million.
15. Q: Are there any proven links between Iraq and September 11th terrorist attack? A: No
16. Q: What is the estimated number of civilian casualties in the Gulf War? A: 35,000
17. Q: How many casualties did the Iraqi military inflict on< the western forces during the Gulf War? A: 0
18. Q: How many retreating Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by US tanks with ploughs mounted on the front? A: 6,000
19. Q: How many tons of depleted uranium were left in Iraq and Kuwait after the Gulf War?
A: 40 tons
20. Q: What according to the UN was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994? A: 700%
21. Q: How much of Iraq's military capacity did America claim it had destroyed in 1991? A: 80%
22. Q: Is there any proof that Iraq plans to use its weapons for anything other than deterrence and self defense? A: No
23. Q: Does Iraq present more of a threat to world peace now than 10 years ago? A: No
24. Q: How many civilian deaths has the Pentagon predicted in the event of an attack on Iraq in 2002/3? A: 10,000 (others estimate 100,000)
25. Q: What percentage of these will be children? A: Over 50%
26. Q: How many years has the US engaged in air strikes on Iraq? A: 11 years
27. Q: Was the U.S and the UK at war with Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
28. Q: How many pounds of explosives were dropped on Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999? A: 20 million
29. Q: How many years ago was UN Resolution 661 introduced, imposing strict sanctions on Iraq's imports and exports? A: 12 years
30. Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)? A: 38
31. Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 131 (that's an increase of 345%)
32. Q: How many Iraqis are estimated to have died by October 1999 as a result of UN sanctions?
A: 1.5 million
33. Q: How many Iraqi children are estimated to have died due to sanctions since 1997? A: 750,000
34. Q: Did Saddam order the inspectors out of Iraq? A: No
35. Q: How many inspections were there in November and December 1998? A:300
36. Q: How many of these inspections had problems? A:5
37. Q: Were the weapons inspectors allowed entry to the Ba'ath Party HQ? A: Yes
38. Q: Who said that by December 1998, Iraq had in fact, been disarmed to a level unprecedented in modern history. A: Scott Ritter, UNSCOM chief.
39. Q: In 1998 how much of Iraq's post 1991 capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction did the UN weapons inspectors claim to have discovered and dismantled? A: 90%
40. Q: Is Iraq willing to allow the weapons inspectors back in? A:Yes
41. Q: How many UN resolutions did Israel violate by 1992? A: Over 65
42. Q: How many UN resolutions on Israel did America veto between 1972 and 1990? A: 30+
43. Q: How much does the U.S. fund Israel a year? A: $5 billion
44. Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons? A: 8
45. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have? A: 0
46. Q: How many nuclear warheads does US have? A: over 10,000
47. Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons? A: the US
48. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Israel have? A:Over 400
49. Q: Has Israel ever allowed UN weapons inspections? A: No
50. Q: What percentage of the Palestinian territories are controlled by Israeli settlements? A: 42%
51. Q: Is Israel illegally occupying Palestinian land? A: Yes
52. Q: Which country do you think poses the greatest threat to global peace: Iraq or the US? A: ?
53. Q: Who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter?" A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.