Bush's illegal war and occupation of Iraq has
left the Administration in a position of extreme
political vulnerability. He now wants the United
Nations and U.S. taxpayers to bail him out. Having
defied U.S. and world public opinion - which preemptively
opposed his planned, illegal invasion of Iraq
- the Bush administration wants to internationalize
responsibility for the U.S. quagmire in Iraq.
With U.S. casualties mounting daily he wants the
soldiers of other countries to do more of the
dying to take the heat off himself at home. And
in the name of fighting international terrorism
he wants the already suffering working class,
poor and middle class communities to foot the
bill to the tune of another $87 billion (triple
what they had projected). Having had his public
rationale(s) for the war exposed in recent weeks
as a complete fraud, Bush shamelessly reverts
to the time-tested tactic of trying to scare the
hell out of people.
Bush's conduct on Iraq - before, during and now
after the Iraq war - has made the old cliché about
truth being the "first casualty in war" to be
a grand understatement. Everything about this
"pre-emptive war" is premised on deceit. Even
in the realm of ever duplicitous "world politics,"
the Administration's pattern of cynical deception
was and remains breathtaking. Tonight's nationally
televised address conforms to this pattern of
Bush lied before the war. Iraq never posed a grave
and imminent danger to the United States. Iraq
had nothing to do with September 11th. Iraq never
possessed nuclear weapons. Iraq was not rapidly
trying to develop weapons of mass destruction.
This was a war of aggression against the second-largest
oil producer on the planet that had been weakened
by a decade of economic sanctions and political
Bush lied during the war. This was not liberation.
The Iraqi people did not welcome the U.S. armed
forces as liberators but as occupiers. Their lives
did not become better. On the contrary, this culturally
rich society has been torn apart, deprived of
necessary services to sustain civilian society
and on the brink of internal collapse.
Bush is lying now. Iraq is not the battlefield
between "international terrorism" and the forces
of so-called "freedom" and "civilization." The
growing resistance to U.S. occupation is the consequence
of an angry and proud people in Iraq who insist
on reclaiming their own sovereignty. Having killed
tens of thousands of Iraqis in an illegal invasion
- and a growing number of dead and maimed U.S.
soldiers - the Bush team wants U.S. taxpayers
to spend at least another $87 billion on the occupation
of Iraq. The vast majority sentiment in Iraq wants
the U.S. soldiers to leave and the U.S. GIs want
to go home. The Iraqi people's call to end the
occupation is not a call for even more foreign
nations to occupy it and to take a share in the
looting of Iraq's natural resources. The truth
is that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is
viewed by the people of the Middle East as an
act of "international terrorism" and as such it
can only lead to a dangerous escalation in the
cycle of violence.
did Bush address the nation tonight? He, like
Nixon a generation ago, fears that the people
of the United States are turning against this
criminal war. During his administration, Bush
has only rarely felt that he must address the
people, and does so when he fears that a sentiment
is growing strong enough to challenge his illegal
actions. He must then lie more to convince the
people of the U.S. to support his criminal endeavors,
or at least acquiesce in them. His shameful "top
gun" act aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S.
Lincoln, in front of a "Mission Accomplished"
banner, was an effort to tell people in the United
States and around the world that the war was over
and that no more critical attention need be focused
on Iraq. Tonight, with that lie laid bare, he
is seeking to go a new route, to convince people
that far from being over, the war is a high stakes
game to save "civilization" and "freedom" and
that it requires endless sacrifice in human life
and vitally needed resources.
A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition calls on people in the
United States to join together for a massive demonstration
in Washington DC on October 25th to demand "Bring
the Troops Home Now, End the Occupation of Iraq."
Tens of thousands will be in the streets that
day as the antiwar movement picks up new momentum.
For information about transportation to Washington
DC or to get literature go to http://www.internationalanswer.org
September 9, 2003