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Keep Working for a Miracle
by David Krieger, March 17, 2003
We stand on the precipice of war. We need a miracle
to stop it.
A war against Iraq would be a tragedy beyond our
Bush has called for “a moment of truth.”
And indeed we need such truth against the big and persistent lies
of the Bush administration.
It is a lie to suggest that war will bring peace.
It will only bring increased violence, suffering and death.
It is a lie to paint the face of Saddam Hussein
on the children of Iraq.
It is a lie to say that Security Council Resolution
1441 authorizes any country to attack Iraq. This resolution authorizes
the UN inspectors to do their jobs as they are doing.
It is a lie to say that the United Nations is irrelevant.
It has proven its relevance by standing up to the bullying and
coercion of the United States. It has spoken for peace, for disarmament
and for the weapons inspectors to continue their work.
By attacking Iraq, the Bush administration will
make the United States an outlaw nation, as Blair will make the
UK an outlaw nation. The US and UK will lose their credibility
and moral basis for leadership.
The Bush administration has issued a list of Iraqis
who will be held to account for international crimes. But if the
US attacks Iraq, US and UK leaders will also be committing the
crime of aggression, for which the German leaders were held to
account at Nuremberg following World War II.
The best and perhaps only way to prevent an aggressive
war at this time is for the United Nations to courageously refuse
to leave Iraq and continue its weapons inspections under the mandate
of Resolution 1441.
Would the United States and the United Kingdom
dare to launch their “shock and awe” attack against
the Iraqi people while the UN weapons inspectors continue to carry
out their mandate in Iraq?