FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2002 20:22 HABEEB HITS: 1247
Does Anti-Terror soldiers planting recently a remnant of the Twin Towers in Afghanistan soil really heralds solidarity or do these soldiers have a giant urn of Twin Tower ash to deposit throughout the Islamic world?
About 100 American and British aircraft took part in an attack on Iraq’s major western air defense installation in the biggest single operation over the country for four years! Sorties upon sorties dropping upon innocent souls in Baghdad in the name of ending mass destruction. Do we support War for Peace?
How much relevance for UN resolutions?
“Suddenly the T-word is used all the time,” Departing U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson said, referring to terrorism. “And that’s the problem.”
The unfortunate irony is Uncle Sam has torn up more international treaties and disregarded more UN conventions than the rest of the world has in 20 years. It has scuppered the biological weapons convention while experimenting, illegally, with biological weapons of its own. It has refused to grant chemical weapons inspectors full access to its laboratories, and has destroyed attempts to launch chemical inspections in Iraq. It has ripped up the anti-ballistic missile treaty, and appears to be ready to violate the nuclear test ban treaty. It has sabotaged the small arms treaty, undermined the international criminal court, refused to sign the climate change protocol and, last month, sought to immobilise the UN convention against torture so that it could keep foreign observers out of its prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. Even its preparedness to go to war with Iraq without a mandate from the UN Security Council is a defiance of international law far graver than Saddam Hussein’s non-compliance with UN weapons inspectors. What about now, even after he has decided to have them?
Or is it that the UN usefulness is beginning to wrinkle, as The Ally Israel no longer needs “the 1947 UN Partition Plan” prototype protection.
Who suffers inhumane senseless victimization in War?
When a country possesses a vast military-industrial complex that is in constant need of conflict in order to justify its staggeringly expensive existence, someone would have to pay ‘in lives’.
The brutal sanctions imposed on Iraq, which has to date claimed over 1.5 million lives, over 700,000 were children under the age of 5.
Though the Geneva Convention clearly prohibits starving innocent civilians and targeting installation necessary for survival as a means of warfare, this is precisely what these sanctions are doing. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general said, “The real goal is to dominate this strategic and oil-rich region and to destroy any government and people that desire to maintain their independence.”
Why is Israel in support?
Israel is waiting to extradite Palestinians to Jordan at the least excuse of being attacked. She stands to benefit either way. The possibility of Israel using nuclear weapons against Iraq appears in a document submitted by military expert Dr. Anthony Cordesman, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Noam Chomsky said, ‘The main Security Council resolution concerning Iraq (687, 1991) calls for eliminating weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems from the Middle East, and working towards a global ban on chemical weapons. Good advice. Iraq is nowhere near the lead in this regard. We might recall the warning of General Lee Butler, head of Clinton’s Strategic Command in the early 90s, that ‘it is dangerous in the extreme that in the cauldron of animosities in the Middle East, one nation has armed itself, ostensibly, with stockpiles of nuclear weapons, perhaps numbering in the hundreds (some 200), and that inspires other nations to do so.’ He’s talking about Israel of course.” Look at the appalling religious violation and human rights disregard these guys have perpetrated but still no “war drums” to rescue the open air prisoners of Palestine! They are killing and wounding nuns, priests, and those who have sought refuge, and they have blown off the Statue of Virgin Mary into pieces, the world reaction has been meekly, submissive silence! “The rights to the land of Israel are Jewish exclusively,” Sharon told Israel’s Channel One television, referring to the state of Israel and territories it captured in the 1967 Middle East war. “But all living there are entitled to rights.”
Is considering the European, Third and Islamic World support vital?
In a recent public opinion poll in Britain, 52 percent of those responding said that they oppose U.S.-UK cooperation in any attack against Iraq. The EU’s objecting voices are also proof that at least one section of the bloc considers these hegemonic and expansionist aspirations to be a threat to the security, stability and welfare of the continent.
British journalist Robert Fisk in an article published in the Independent Tuesday, said the region- Middle East is, in the words of its own kings and dictators, a powder keg of resentment and anger. Rishan, an Egyptian expert on Fundamentalism said: “The US…is hated more than ever, and more now from an Arab than an Islamic standpoint.”
It’s amazing how these statistics below reflect an-about turn public relations.
Some 70% of US- liberated Kuwaitis consider Osama Bin-Laden a hero, less than 20% consider him a criminal.
More than 50% of Russians think the U.S. brought 9/11 on itself.
A majority in all European countries believes the U.S. is partially responsible for 9/11.
More people are killed every month on U.S. highways than died on 9/11.
This week was the first anniversary of 9/11 when about .0001 percent of the U.S. population was killed.
Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 killed about .005 of the Lebanese population.
Since the Gulf War approximately .06 of the Iraqi population has been killed, including more children dying each month than all who died on 9/11. Each life is a life and in the words of the Qur’an the taking of any innocent life tantamount to killing humanity at large.
Where is the unanimous support to rid the “Axis of Evil”?
Republican Senator Chuck Hegel of Nebraska asked: Would we further destabilize the entire Middle East if we took military action against him? Who would be our allies? And what kind of support would there be inside Iraq?
French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schreder, voicing the common view of the European governments, except for Great Britain, said on July 30 they would support a US war against Iraq only if it was endorsed by the UN Security Council, an unlikely event given that France, Russia and China all have veto power there.
The recently proclaimed doctrine of ‘pre-emptive intervention’ anywhere on earth is nothing less than a frightening revival of the old imperialist Brezhnev Doctrine of 25 years ago that called for Soviet intervention wherever socialism was threatened.
Meanwhile, in Congressional hearings recently, former UN Iraq arms inspector Scott Ritter courageously stated what many Americans believe, but dare not say: Iraq was totally disarmed and no threat to the US or Mid-East.
Why the Arabs are becoming agitated?
A prime cause is that the peoples of the region are the worlds least free, with the lowest levels of popular participation in government. Majority of the Arab countries are client regimes strategically installed thanks to neo-imperialism, for a continued arrest of the Ottoman Caliphate. “Those who wonder why Afghanistan became a lure for some young Arabs and Muslims,” wrote Jordanian columnist Yasser Abu-Hilala “need only read this report, UN report on the Middle East, which explains the phenomenon of alienation in our societies and shows how those who feel they have no stake in them can turn to violence.” So wouldn’t some center get the Hashemites to go Democratic or the Sauds to start heading for the polls?
Saudi and no Church?
In 1997 for the first time, a senior Saudi leader stated publicly that the Government does not “prevent” private non- Muslim religious worship in the home. Such private non-Muslim worship occurs on a wide scale through the country, including on the premises of several embassies. Representatives of many Christian denominations present in the country report that the Government is not interfering with their private worship services. However, proselytizing is illegal. Seven million foreigners also reside in the country, and while comprehensive statistics for the denominations of foreigners are not available, but they include Muslims from the various branches of Islam, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Jews. For example, the Embassy of the Philippines reports that over 90 percent of the Filipino community (or over half a million persons) is Christian. The Embassy of India reports that the Indian community includes Muslims and Hindus, as well as Christians and Buddhists. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops estimates there are well more than 500,000 Catholics in the country, and perhaps as many as 1 million. (Religious Freedom by Dr Jeffrey K. Hadden)
Who’s producing these backyards Revolts?
History records that its own home-trained soldiers once attacked the Roman Empire.
One of the world’s most respected statesmen, Nelson Mandela, has condemned United States intervention in the Middle East as “a threat to world peace”.
Mr. Mandela, 84, said that the United States’ backing for a coup by the Shah of Iran in 1953 had led to that country’s Islamic revolution in 1979.
On Afghanistan, Mr. Mandela said that US support for the mujahideen (including Osama Bin Laden) against the Soviet Union and its refusal to work with the United Nations after the Soviet withdrawal led to the Taleban taking power.
The onus is with us, as Caricom is braised for yet another post war- down turn to say no to war-yes to Inspectors.