Bush Isolated, Launches Terrifying Attack – Millions Protest

The skies of Iraq are alight with fire and smoke. Fear is turning to panic on the streets of Baghdad. The war hawks are loose.
After he failed at diplomacy, after his ultimatums to the United Nations were denied, after he bullied, bribed and argued for months, the President was left thoroughly isolated. Only after Iraq began destroying its missiles did George W. Bush announce that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had 48 hours to get out of Dodge. The empire struck. Read More

No War Against Iraq

The Bush administration’s apparent resolve to wage war against Iraq, tempered for the moment by conservative critics, violates the spirit and letter of the US Constitution, as well as disregards the prohibitions on the use of force that are set forth in the UN Charter and accepted as binding rules of international law. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter states: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
Nothing in Iraq’s current behavior would justify a preemptive attack against Iraq based upon self-defense as set forth in Article 51 of the Charter. Even Henry Kissinger has stated, “The notion of justified pre-emption runs counter to modern international law, which sanctions the use of force in self-defense only against actual – not potential – threats.” Read More

Washington has been unimpressed by an appeal from UN Secretary General Kofi Anna

Victims describe ‘friendly fire’ terror

From the BBC: March 11,2003

Washington has been unimpressed by an appeal from UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan, that going to war without UN backing might
breach the organisation’s charter.

A White House official told the
BBC that America had all the authorisation it needed to
wage war, either alone or as part of a coalition.

Full text to be read in: news.bbc.co.uk

UK pushes new
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Hear them asking

In an endeavour to explain his policy of war against Iraq to the American people as well as to an increasingly sceptical world, president Bush and his team do not shy away from referring to the 1980 attack on Iran, which led to 8 years of war between the two neighbouring countries. This, although Mr. Bush has chosen to link the two countries – as well as North Korea – together in an “axis of ….” , and without any mention of the fact that the United States supported and also armed Iraq throughout that war. Read More

With great Difficulty

With great difficulty, advancing by millimetres each year, I carve a
road out of the rock

With great difficulty, advancing by millimetres each year, I carve a
road out of the rock.  For millennia my teeth have wasted and my nails
broken to get there, to the other side, to the light and open air. And
now that my hands bleed and my teeth tremble, unsure ,
in a cavity cracked by thirst and dust, I pause and contemplate my work: I have
spent the second part of my life breaking the stones, drilling the walls,
smashing the doors and removing the obstacles, I placed between the light and
myself in the first part of my life.”

 

(Octavio Paz – selected poems Penguin books ,
1979)

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The businessman who assumes that life is everything

“The businessman who assumes that life is everything, and the mystic who
asserts that it is nothing, fail, on this side and on

“The
businessman who assumes that life is everything, and the mystic who asserts
that it is nothing, fail, on this side and on that, to hit the truth. ‘yes , I
see, dear; it is about halfway between……..No; truth, being alive, was not
halfway between anything. It was only to be found by continuous excursions
into their realm, and though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at
the outset is to ensure sterility.”

(From
Howards End; A novel by E. M. Forster) Read More