French President Jaques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin January 23, 2003
(Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters)


Who are the evil doers in the Iraq crisis?

Nipawin - Friday - January 24, 2003 - by: Mario deSantis

"By both its actions and its inactions, Iraq is proving not that it is a nation bent on disarmament, but that it is a nation with something to hide. Iraq is still treating inspections as a game. It should know that time is running out."

Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser




I am short of words as I listen, watch and read American mainstream media encouraging a possible war against Iraq for the liberation of the Iraqi people.




A few days ago I wrote an article asserting that President Bush Inc.'s determination to wage war against Iraq is mainly a reason of oil rather than a reason to disarm Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction.



"I say,
you say"

Wednesday night I thought how the reductionist language of President Bush is becoming more and more an exercise of duplicity rather than an exercise of sincerity. We can write and talk so much about president Bush Inc.'s reasons to attack Iraq, and it would always look as a matter of a "I say you say" type of argument, that is, we would get into the vicious circle of an apparent planned disagreement.




So, I am asking: what do we have to do to understand the Iraq's crisis?




Let us understand that pictures are worth more than a thousand words. Therefore, the first thing which comes to my mind is to show pictures characterizing the sincerity of the debate on the war against Iraq. The pictures I am thinking about are just two; the first picture depicting the shaking of hands between German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac as they agree Thursday to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq's crisis;


(AP Photo/ Jan Bauer, Pool)


the second picture depicting the shaking of hands between present US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein as they agreed back in 1983 to share weapons of mass destruction to wage war against the common enemy Iran. I wonder who are the evil doers in this debate to wage a war against Iraq.



Mario deSantis

  Pertinent articles published in Ensign
  Rice, Condoleezza,Why We Know Iraq Is Lying, (PDF) January 23, 2003, The New York Times
  Fisk, Robert What the US President wants us to forget 09 October 2002, © 2002 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd,
  Hiltermann,, Joost R, Who minded Iraqi mustard gas in 1983? Rumsfeld should know .November 29 2002 IHT,
  Rather, Dan : Mainstream US Media Are Frightened and Timid BBC's Newsnight on May 16, 2002
  The Corporations That Supplied Iraq's Weapons Program
  Kennedy, Edward : This is the wrong war at the wrong time. From a speech given by the Democratic Senator for Massachusetts at the National Press Club in Washington DC, © 2002 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd, 23 January 2003


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