This was written last September 11 as the writer followed the memorial ceremonies on television. She remembered the New York she well knew, where she had worked at the Australian Delegation to the United Nations in the Empire State Building, at the United Nations itself, and with the British Information Services in Rockefeller Center. Everywhere she worked, she shared the buildings with tourists, and Americans became her close friends. "As a Newfoundlander, I'm glad that the people of Gander had the opportunity to return the friendship that was given me years ago," she says. "But I greatly resent that this tragedy is being exploited by a disastrous foreign policy that blows back on the innocent. The group 'New Yorkers Against War', who appeared at the memorial ceremonies, agree with me."
Let's first consider Bush's reasons why Saddam should be "relieved from his position".
"Saddam is a rogue dictator."-- but a previous friend, just like Pinochet and all the others that the U.S. has established and supported in the past.
"Saddam has used chemical weapons against his own people." According to Joyce Riley, the nurse who leads the Gulf War veterans in their action for compensation, thousands of Americans are dying from depleted uranium, used by the U.S. in Iraq. Many are disabled from the dubious anthrax vaccine with thich they were injected under the threat of court martial.
"Saddam has harboured terrorists." Most of the 9/11 terrorists were living in the United States and had U.S. bank accounts. There's not enough space to make a list of other terrorists with whom the U.S. has worked, both past and present.
"Iraq has not complied with the U.N. resolutions." Israel has not complied with U.N. resolutions; nor have they complied with the Geneva Conventions.
"Iraq is still pursuing technology for weapons of destruction." Israel has 200 hydrogen bombs.
"Saddam is denying access to inspectors." The previous U.N. inspector has appeared on CNN to say that Iraq could not possibly have had the time to refurbish their bio-weapons. Sharon has not only denied U.N. inspectors and observers access, but all journalists have been banned during the invasions of Palestinian cities. If the U.S. really needs to know what Saddam has, they might want to check their own receipts.
Noam Chomsky said in a CBC interview, "If we're going to bomb all terrorist states, then we should bomb Israel."
Behind all the spear shaking of Bush and his cohorts, there remain many unanswered
questions that will never again be discussed:
Why were none of the hijacked planes intercepted when they were off course for so long? If a small plane strays out of its air lane, there is an F16 beside it within a minute.
Where is the promised list of all the traders who made millions on their airline put options the day before 9/11? Who got the $2.5 million that wasn't called for?
Why are the Palestinians and the Iraqis taking the fall for the Saudi terrorists on the hijacked planes? Just ask any oil baron.
Iraq has the second largest oil reserve in the world (Saudi Arabia is number one). Iraq also has 110 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In 1951, Iran nationalized its oil, so Britain and the U.S. got rid of Mossadeq. In the early 1970s, Libya nationalized its oil industry; they were warned by the U.S. that they would meet the fate of Iran. Why is the U.S. so anxious to control the oil in this part of the world? Because access to it is the easiest and cheapest on the globe.
In 1970, Iraq nationalized its oil industry. They achieved a high standard of living from oil profits. In 1989, a U.S. delegation visited Baghdad and demanded that Iraq privatize its oil industry. Iraq refused. To get control of the oil, the U.S. let Saddam think it was okay for him to reclaim Kuwait. Then they left their old partner swinging in the wind.
There is a pattern here and it will be repeated with any nation that wants to nationalize its oil. As for nationalizing any central bank, depriving the private bankers of interest, the blood will run in the streets. The Muslims may have their faults, but usury isn't one of them.
The ones beating the war drums in Washington have never been to war themselves and don't intend to go. Wolfowitz, Perle, Fleischer, Ashcroft, Tennant and Cheney are dubbed "the chicken hawks" as they continue to rail that "there's no time to waste -- if we wait for proof, it'll be too late." (The sky will fall.)
The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee rules in Washington, much to the detriment of native Americans. Their sons will be dying for a "greater Israel" while Palestinians are "cleansed" under cover of the war on Iraq.1
Daniel Piper crows, "Let's get them! After all, the Israelis prepared for this long ago." According to Piper, the Israelis have had sealed rooms, gas masks and smallpox shots for a long time now. Colonel David Hackworth reckons it will only take 21 days to wipe out Saddam (and this has to be done before the elections).
According to the warmongers in the administration, the way to make Iraq democratic is to invade and occupy. Isn't this the way Israel taught the Palestinians about democracy some 35 years ago? And how long will the U.S. occupy Iraq if this pre-emptive strike goes ahead?
Kofi Annan said, "Freedom is not like oil or gold which can be taken by one state at the expense of another." He's wise to the game. The first threat to world peace, according to Annan, is the Israeli occupation, not Saddam Hussein.2
Victor Ostrovsky, a previous Mossad agent, states that supporting the radical elements of Muslim Fundamentalism sat well with the Mossad's general plan for the region. An Arab world run by fundamentalists would not be a party to any negotiations with the West, thus leaving Israel again as the only democratic, rational country in the region. And if the Mossad could arrange for the Hamas to take over the Palestinian streets from the PLO, then the picture would be complete.3
Kofi Annan is not alone in his analysis of the situation.
Most of the U.N. members agree that the U.S. does not have a balanced policy in the Middle East. This is obvious in the billions that they give Israel each year. Despite this, Israel has given arms and technology to Iran, China and other countries, all without U.S. permission. In 1992, the U.S. stopped their shipment of cluster bombs to Israel because they were used in the invasion of Lebanon. In 2,000, U.S. aid was held up to prevent Israel from selling a radar system to China.
Congressmen complained that the economy of Israel was better than in the United States. Some in the administration are not happy that they have set up the largest welfare state on the globe, while too many Americans will work for food.4
On September 12, Bush harangued the U.N. with a laundry list of Saddam's violations, replete with admonitions about Iraq's "nukular" threat. Anyone arriving late might have thought that the defendant was Israel.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu is on all media in the U.S. and Canada, peddling the the Israeli M.O. of the pre-emptive strike, or "Operation Herod". Israel has a big stake in the war on Iraq. According to a militant rabbi, presented by the Sumari Seminars last January 30, "That oil is ours." But it cannot be controlled without an occupation. The U.S. has never needed a war just to take out Saddam; they could have assassinated him at any time. (After all, they've never had any trouble assassinating several of their own presidents.)
James Webb, the former Navy Secretary, advised: "Iraq's occupation would isolate the United States diplomatically from the rest of the world." But caution is thrown to the whipped up winds of rage and self righteousness. Reason will not prevail against what Lewis Lapham calls "the muttering of Orcs."5
The 9/11 memorial services and 9/11 films are being expertly channelled and aimed at Saddam. There is no mention of the oil prize; that would disclose motivation. Bush is now moving towards a war which he calls "the first great struggle of a new century". Obviously he is planning many more campaigns for the sons and daughters of America.
Undeterred by a reluctant population and the opposition in his own administration, George warns that he intends to drive straight on through (just as he drove through his garage door in a fit of pique a few years ago).6
Some in the U.S. have started singing, "God help America".
"Iraq, the threat," as described by Bush, has been laid waste. Children are dying from starvation and from the same depleted uranium that is killing Gulf War veterans. As in Palestine, medicines and food are kept out. The U.S. has bombed Iraq every day since 1991. George Dubya, his Daddy's clone, can't wait to administer the coup de grace.
Iraq, the Mesopotamia where archaeologists like Max Mallowan uncovered treasures from Sumer, where his wife, Agatha Christie, wrote her novels, is no more. If the lethal partnership of Zionist ambition and feudal oil barons has its way, Iraq, the cradle of our civilization, could become our coffin.
1. Professor Norman Finkelstein, University of Toronto, June 6, 2002. (Author of The Holocaust Industry)
2. Kofi Annan speaking at the United Nations, September 12, 2002.
3. Victor Ostrovsky, former Mossad agent, The Other Side of Deception, Harper Collins, 1994 ISBN 0-06-017635-0 p.197
4. Susan Taylor Martin, writing in The Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, 10 Feb. 02.
5. Lewis Lapham in an address on TVO Ontario, "Ideas" with Irjad Manji, 28 July 02.
6. Laura Bush, interviewed on American television, 2001.