MARCH 19, 2003 INVASION OF
ANNIVERSARIES, MARCH 19, 2014 IRAQ
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
OMNI Blog; http://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/
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MAY WE NEVER FORGET THIS IMMENSE WAR CRIME, THE COUNTLESS WAR CRIME ATROCITIES THAT FOLLOWED, AND THE VICTIMS WHO CONTINUE TO SUFFER WHILE THE PERPETRATORS—BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, RICE—WALK FREE
This Monday marks the eleventh anniversary of the
invasion of —a solemn punctuation
mark to the steadily increasing violence that has gripped that country over the
past two years. Sectarian violence claimed more than 8,000 Iraqis in 2013
alone, and this year’s toll has already surpassed 2,000. Iraq today is a
broken and failing state: the war that many would prefer to believe ended in
2011 continues unabated, with Iraqis continuing to suffer, as much as ever, the
fallout from this country’s callous lies and avoidable mistakes. Iraq
The Bush Administration has launched a war against
a war that is unnecessary, unwise and illegal. By attacking a
nation that has not attacked us and that does not pose an immediate threat to
international peace and security, the Administration has violated the United
Nations Charter and opened a new and shameful chapter in Iraq history …. http://www.thenation.com US
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SHOCKED BUT NOT SURPRISED
Dick Bennett, UA March 4, 2003, Anti-War Rally
We are shocked but not surprised.
I. From 1945 to the end of the last century, the
attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than
30 populist-nationalist movements. From Eisenhower’s
CIA overthrowing the elected president of Guatemala
in 1954, to Bush One’s armed forces overthrowing the dictator of Panama, the U S caused the deaths of several million
people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair. The real history of the U.S. is very
different from the self-serving public relations patriotism of our presidents.
Iraq. Pres. Bush’s invasion is part of the long
history of US invasions I have just described.
And it was planned three decades ago.
This war against Iraq
is not about disarming Iraq,
not about weapons of mass destruction: after 12 years of inspections, bombings,
spying, aerial surveillance, our leaders don’t have a clue as to the weapons’
existence. Nor is it about
terrorism. Saddam Hussein had no
connection with Osama bin Laden and the 9-11 bombings. Nor is the invasion to protect the US or Iraq’s neighbors. Iraq
did use chemical warfare against Iran
and its Kurds, but during the past 12 years, Iraq
has not threatened, much less attacked anyone, while the U.S. has attacked Sudan,
Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq,
The only leader threatening the world with nuclear weapons and pre-emptive attack is George W. Bush.
What the invasion is about, is the
U. S. dominating the Middle East and its oil resources.
II. But I think you know this. So now we are asking, what should we do about it? What should we do? And here we are. We are showing our government our disapproval in this nonviolent, democratic way.
What else can we do?
First, We are supporting our troops. We are trying to prevent the Bush administration from sacrificing their lives and the lives of innocent Iraqis. We do not believe anyone should die because some fanatics who have gained power over our government want to control the world. Speaking directly to the troops and opposing the false patriotism of war have only barely been explored by us.
Second, We are supporting international law and the United Nations. The
was a founder of the UN. It has been
extraordinarily useful to the international community and to the U. S. as a
forum for debate, to solve problems, and to serve humanity. Yet many US
leaders have undermined the UN.
has opposed many treaties desired by the majority of nations of the world: for
example, the Kyoto Treaty, the International Criminal Court., and the
International Land Mine Treaty. The UN
and international law are not the villain here.
We are rightly shocked at our government’s plans to invade yet another country, but our lack of surprise, our foreknowledge, strengthens us for the long struggle ahead to find leaders who respect good laws and do not want to kill.
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