FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Call to Washington, Stonewall Bush

On Valentine’s Day morning Saddam Hussein released a decree calling for a ban on the importation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and of all materials that are used to produce them.

The United Nations has sought such a ban for over 10 years, and Saddam’s timing could not be more pertinent for calling on the UN to continue with its inspections. Questions must now be raised as to why the Bush administration is so adamant to strike before all diplomatic means have been exhausted.

Apparently the White House is attempting to downplay such a call to stop importation and production of WMDs, as Ari Fleischer noted, “if one would want to make believe and pretend that Iraq is a democracy that could pass meaningful laws, it would be 12 years late.”

If I were a betting man, I would have to bet this war has been a go for months. The UN has become an irrelevant institution when up against the goals this administration is propagating. NATO may soon be irrelevant as well, with three member countries detesting a pre-emptive attack on Iraq.

Several hours after Saddam produced his cry to stop weapons importation and production, Hans Blix and nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei explained to the UN Security Council that they had found “no evidence Iraq had resumed its nuclear weapons program.” But apparently the hawks in Washington don’t need UN evidence, or international support to proceed with such an attack.

Currently the United States and Britain have over 200,000 troops in and around the Gulf region, and next week they expect to produce their own resolution–authorizing a military strike with the backing of the few remaining ally countries. NATO will be disregarded, as well as any authorization the UN could earmark. The inspections that have been going on since November will be rendered meaningless.

Dissent over the weekend is expected to be on display worldwide, with the largest protests in a decade expected in New York and San Francisco. The world is crying for a peaceful response to the Bush Administration’s unyielding attempts to force Saddam out.

But the war movement must be prepared to counter Bush once his bombs begin to fall on Baghdad. Election season is approaching quickly and anti-war activists must rally Washington politicians who oppose this attack to start speaking out. They must take after US Senator Robert Byrd’s speech displayed last week, in which he stated that this administration “has turned the patient art of diplomacy into threats, labeling, and name calling…..which will have consequences for years to come.” We need a broad coalition of politicians in DC to begin their own rants and questions about this war.

The attack on Iraq now seems imminent, opposition among citizens is mounting, and dissent among the international community is soaring. It is way past due for more opponents in Washington to begin stonewalling Bush–forcing the administration to allow more time for UN inspectors to work.

The loose cannons in the White House can no longer afford more division on the Iraq issue; Bush’s mastermind Karl Rove is losing his footing among supporters–this only means as dissidents we have to stay vigilant–we can still win this.

JOSH FRANK is a 24-year-old writer and activist living in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached at: frank_joshua@hotmail.com

 

More articles by:

JOSHUA FRANK is managing editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book, co-authored with Jeffrey St. Clair, is Big Heat: Earth on the Brink. He can be reached at joshua@counterpunch.org. You can troll him on Twitter @joshua__frank.

Weekend Edition
May 22, 2020
Friday - Sunday
Hugh Iglarsh
Aiming Missiles at Viruses: a Plea for Sanity in a Time of Plague
Paul Street
How Obama Could Find Some Redemption
Marc Levy
On Meeting Bao Ninh: “These Good Men Meant as Much to Me as Yours Did to You”
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Shallò: 120 Days of COVID
Joan Roelofs
Greening the Old New Deal
Rob Urie
Why Russiagate Still Matters
Charles Pierson
Is the US-Saudi Alliance Headed Off a Cliff?
Robert Hunziker
10C Above Baseline
Pam Martens - Russ Martens
The Fed’s Chair and Vice Chair Got Rich at Carlyle Group, a Private Equity Fund With a String of Bankruptcies and Job Losses
Eve Ottenberg
Factory Farming on Hold
Andrew Levine
If Nancy Pelosi Is So Great, How Come Donald Trump Still Isn’t Dead in the Water?
Ishmael Reed
Alex Azar Knows About Diabetes
Joseph Natoli
Will Things Fall Apart Now or in November?
Richard D. Wolff
An Old Story Again: Capitalism vs. Health and Safety
Louis Proyect
What Stanford University and Fox News Have in Common
Pete Dolack
Work is Inevitable But its Organization is Not
David A. Schultz
America and the Rise of the Chinese Century
Ramzy Baroud
Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine’s Greatest Weapon
Heather Gray – Jonathan King
Coronavirus and Other US Health Threats? Fund Public Health Not Foreign Wars
Brian Cloughley
Don’t Be Black in America
Kenn Orphan
A Pandemic and a Plague of Absurdity
Matthew Stevenson
Our Friend Eugene Schulman
Richard C. Gross
The Man Who Cried Wolf
Ron Jacobs
Road Trippin’
Robert P. Alvarez
A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons
Aadesh Ravi
The Long March of the Locked-Down Migrants
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
The Proliferation of Conspiracy Theories & the Crisis of Science
Nilofar Suhrawardy
The Other Side of Covid-19
Binoy Kampmark
Battles Over Barley: Australia, China and the Tariff Wars
Cesar Chelala
Donald Trump can Learn Something from Mao Zedong’s Mistakes
Nicky Reid
The New New Cold War is Pretty Much the Old New Cold War
Dave Lindorff
As Republicans Face November Disaster, Efforts to Undermine Social Security Mount
Gaither Stewart
Remembrances of Meeting Cult Novelist Andrzej Kusniewicz in Warsaw
Gary Olson
“No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”
Jesse Jackson
The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
Phil Knight
Wilderness and Recreation: an Uneasy Partnership
Alicia Salvadeo – Carolyn Pandolfo
No Bernie, Delegates Won’t “Turn Down the Volume”!
George Wuerthner
Massive Logging Putsch Planned for Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Forest
Laura Finley
The Peace Sign: A Safe Greeting and Sign of Victory over COVID!
Bernie Horn
To Save Lives, and Democracy, We Need to Vote by Mail
Dean Baker
Can You Make Stagnating Incomes Go Away? The NYT Wants You To…
Christopher Brauchli
Great Minds Think Alike: From Trump to Bolsonaro
Sophie Jones
Mutual Aid in Queens Amidst COVID-19
Jimmy Centeno
A Memoir of Time and Place: Margaret Randal’s “I Never Left Home”
David Yearsley
Corona Carpenter
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail