The war drums
are beating, louder and louder. Iraq, Iran, and North Korea have
been forewarned. Plans have been laid and, for all we know, already
initiated, for the overthrow and assassination of Saddam Hussein.
talk of sabotage, psychological warfare, arming domestic rebels,
killing Hussein, and even an outright invasion of Iraq with hundreds
of thousands of US troops. All we hear about in the biased media
is the need to eliminate Saddam Hussein, with little regard for
how this, in itself, might totally destabilize the entire Middle
East and Central Asia. It could, in fact, make the Iraq "problem"
is that, with our success in Afghanistan, we should now pursue
this same policy against any country we choose, no matter how
flimsy the justification. It hardly can be argued that it is because
authoritarian governments deserve our wrath, considering the number
of current and past such governments that we have not only tolerated
from our Arab allies are silenced by our dumping more American
taxpayer dollars upon them.
criticism that the United States is now following a unilateral
approach is brushed off, which only causes more apprehension in
the European community. Widespread support from the eager media
pumps the public to support the warmongers in the administration.
The pro and
cons of how dangerous Saddam Hussein actually is are legitimate.
However, it is rarely pointed out that the CIA has found no evidence
whatsoever that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks of
we hear that Iraq has never committed any aggression against the
United States. No one in the media questions our aggression against
Iraq for the past 12 years by continuous bombing and imposed sanctions
responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children.
of her homeland can hardly be characterized as aggression against
those who rain bombs down on them. We had to go over 6,000 miles
to pick this fight against a third-world nation with little ability
to defend itself.
have actually served to generate support for Saddam Hussein, in
spite of his brutal control of the Iraq people. He is as strong
today if not stronger as he was prior to the Persian Gulf War
12 years ago.
our jingoism ironically is driving a closer alliance between Iraq
and Iran, two long-time bitter enemies.
trade with, and subsidize to the hilt, the questionable government
of China, we place sanctions on and refuse to trade with Iran
and Iraq, which only causes greater antagonism. But if the warmongers'
goal is to have a war, regardless of international law and the
Constitution, current policy serves their interests.
be that only through war and removal of certain governments we
can maintain control of the oil in this region? Could it be all
about oil, and have nothing to do with US national security?
when we dictate who will lead another country, we only replace
one group of thugs with another as we just did in Afghanistan with the only difference being that the thugs we support are expected
to be puppet-like and remain loyal to the US, or else.
bits and pieces of the administration's plans to wage war against
Iraq and possibly Iran and North Korea are discussed, we never
hear any mention of the authority to do so. It seems that Tony
Blair's approval is more important than the approval of the American
never complains about its lost prerogative to be the sole declarer
of war. Astoundingly, Congress is only too eager to give war power
to our presidents through the back door, by the use of some fuzzy
resolution that the president can use as his justification. And
once the hostilities begin, the money always follows, because
Congress fears criticism for not "supporting the troops." But
putting soldiers in harm's way without proper authority, and unnecessarily,
can hardly be the way to "support the troops."
Let it be
clearly understood there is no authority to wage war against
Iraq without Congress passing a Declaration of War. HJ RES 65,
passed in the aftermath of 9/11, does not even suggest that this
authority exists. A UN Resolution authorizing an invasion of Iraq,
even if it were to come, cannot replace the legal process for
the United States going to war as precisely defined in the Constitution.
We must remember that a covert war is no more justifiable, and
is even more reprehensible.
can take a nation to war without the consent of the people. The
planned war against Iraq without a Declaration of War is illegal.
It is unwise because of many unforeseen consequences that are
likely to result. It is immoral and unjust, because it has nothing
to do with US security and because Iraq has not initiated aggression
must understand that the American people become less secure when
we risk a major conflict driven by commercial interests and not
constitutionally authorized by Congress. Victory under these circumstances
is always elusive, and unintended consequences are inevitable.