Recent postings on Supporting facts
marvin.gandall at sympatico.ca
Fri Feb 28 05:51:35 MST 2003
The following items have been posted during the past two weeks on
www.supportingfacts.com. The full text of each article is preceded by a
Tariq Ali argues the UN security council has always served as a venue for
the US to bribe and coerce member states to do its bidding, a claim
reinforced by a London Times report on current horsetrading over Iraq.
Mary Dejevsky of the Independent in Britain offers the contrarian view that
the US actually wants to avoid war in Iraq, and is instead practising
classic gunboat diplomacy to force the Hussein regime to disarm voluntarily.
WAR MADE EASY
The US revolution in weaponry is serving as an incentive to war and to the
indirect targeting of civilians in violation of international law, says an
American expert in the London Review of Books.
Israeli journalist Amira Hass, writing in le monde diplomatique, describes
the gathering momentum for the expulsion of the Palestinians from the West
Bank and Gaza.
Everyone is waiting for a massive ground invasion of Iraq, but military
analyst William Arkin says the US has decided to use a more nuanced strategy
to bring down the Hussein regime.
ASIA’S GM PUSH
There is no stopping technology which raises living standards, despite
health and safety concerns, as the rapid development of genetically modified
crops in Asia testifies.
British stagehand Ube Evans is one of some 200 foreign volunteers who have
taken up positions at the South Baghdad Power Plant and other potential
civilian targets in Iraq.
To win Turkish support, the US may have agreed to sacrifice the
self-governing Kurdish protectorate in northern Iraq – the territory often
cited as the democratic model for its plans in the region.
BUSINESS AND WAR
There is a widespread view that economic growth will revive when business
uncertainty about Iraq lifts, but a Financial Times report suggests the
slowdown is more than temporary.
DUMPING THE UN
The international affairs editor of the Financial Times says the US has the
most to lose by destroying the credibility of the UN which does “the dirty
work for it.”
An article in the Wall Street Journal claims that economic considerations
are not the main determinant of either US or European policy towards Iraq,
but it has a narrow view of the stakes.
His predecessor originated the US policy towards Iraq, but it seems only
George Bush and his administration could have generated the intense anger
which brought millions into the streets last weekend.
The New York Times may be exaggerating when it says public opinion is now
the world's second superpower, but this weekend’s huge protests are impeding
the move to a war consensus by the US and its allies.
Even the right-wing Daily Telegraph acknowledged that more than a million
protesters thronged central London today, making it the largest peace
demonstration in British history.
World opinion has been buoyed by the more positive tone of the latest UN
inspectors report and its general acceptance by the Security Council, but
the French could still vote for war next month.
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