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Friday, 27 November, 2020

I Fear We Are on The Road to War

Date: 15 February, 2003

By: Chief

Imageen days ago or thereabouts U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made a speech before the U.N. Security Council. His speech was about one thing — Iraq. Well maybe two things. First is Iraq and second is how, purportedly, Iraq is not complying with various U.N. resolutions about disarming.

There is one other thing Powell did not say but it is directly about Iraq — his whole speech was, or is, a U.S. government, read that as King George the Bush, justification to launch a war against Iraq.

Quoting Secretary Powell:

"I cannot tell you everything that we know. But what I can share with you, when combined with what all of us have learned over the years, is deeply troubling. What you will see is an accumulation of facts and disturbing patterns of behavior."

Now that is real evidence isn't it? A disturbing pattern of behavior. Well hell yes it is disturbing. It is especially disturbing being that Iraq apparently has done nothing, as it appears, to be in violation of these U.N. resolutions. Which just ticks off the current White House resident even more.

What I want to see is the weapons of mass destruction that purportedly Iraq has. Where in the Sam Thump are they? We have a multi-billion dollar per year intelligence apparatus and they cannot find any nasty weapons. At least none that can be shown to us mere citizens. You know the tale, 'just take our word for it'.

But wait, there is more. Like this little gem:

"We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction; he's determined to make more. Given Saddam Hussein's history of aggression, given what we know of his grandiose plans, given what we know of his terrorist associations and given his determination to exact revenge on those who oppose him, should we take the risk that he will not some day use these weapons at a time and the place and in the manner of his choosing at a time when the world is in a much weaker position to respond?"

Powell, it seems to me, is trying very hard to make a case for war. This is not at all good. And I tell you this, if you read the entire transcript of his speech to the Security Council, Colin Powell, representing the United States, made a lot of allegations and on the surface it would appear that Iraq is being a bad boy. However, once you dig just ever so slightly under the surface, well guess what Maynard? The purported evidence against Iraq and Hussein evaporates. In other words Powell's speech is masterfully written. Read the entire transcript, just do a Google and you will find it. I used the Washington Post's transcript for this story.

Secretary of State Powell, in his speech, also made references to Saddam Hussein's continuous violations of human rights over the past 20 years or so. Quoting Powell:

"Hussein's use of mustard and nerve gas against the Kurds in 1988 was one of the 20th century's most horrible atrocities; 5,000 men, women and children died. His campaign against the Kurds from 1987 to '89 included mass summary executions, disappearances, arbitrary jailing, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of some 2,000 villages. He has also conducted ethnic cleansing against the Shi'a Iraqis and the Marsh Arabs whose culture has flourished for more than a millennium. Saddam Hussein's police state ruthlessly eliminates anyone who dares to dissent."

I agree that Hussein is a certifiable butthole and a tyrant to boot. But what about Pol Pot, his Khmer Rouge party in Cambodia and the year zero? He murdered over 1,000,000 of his own citizens. We did nothing to interfere. Of course look at what the U.S. Army, at the request of the U.S. government, did to the American Indians. In comparison to Pol Pot and the U.S. Army, Hussein looks like an angel. However, Saddam is, in the eyes of the western world at least, as popular as a skunk at a Sunday school picnic.

Terrorism was a part of his speech as well:

"This senior Al Qaida terrorist ['now detained'] was responsible for one of Al Qaida's training camps in Afghanistan. His information comes first-hand from his personal involvement at senior levels of Al Qaida. He says bin Laden and his top deputy in Afghanistan, deceased Al Qaida leader Muhammad Atif (ph), did not believe that Al Qaida labs in Afghanistan were capable enough to manufacture these chemical or biological agents. They needed to go somewhere else. They had to look outside of Afghanistan for help. Where did they go? Where did they look? They went to Iraq."

And this "senior Al Qaida terrorist ['now detained']" politely spilled his guts and told his interrogators everything he knew or did he tell them everything they wanted to hear? How did the interrogators handle the detained terrorist? How was he questioned? What were the questions? Bush and company have made it no secret that they want Hussein's hide and they want it badly. Will we ever learn the truth? You and I know darned good and well that we won't.

On to biological agents:

"Ladies and gentlemen, these are sophisticated facilities. For example, they can produce anthrax and botulinum toxin. In fact, they can produce enough dry biological agent in a single month to kill thousands upon thousands of people. And dry agent of this type is the most lethal form for human beings."

Ummm, excuse me but the United States, in the 1980's during the Iraq/Iran war, sold anthrax spores or whatever they are called to Saddam Hussein's government. Indeed, between 1983 and 1988 the U.S. Department of Commerce authorized the shipment of Anthrax and botulin toxins to Iraq. Furthermore, in 1988, the United States and Great Britain veto'ed all U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Iraq for using chemical weapons against Iranian troops in the field.

We, as in the government of the United States, helped to train and arm this despot known as Saddam Hussein. Jesus H. Tap Dancing Christ, talk about hypocritical. We don't like the bully but we are the ones who made the wretched bounder what he is. How dumb can our government get?

Watch out, here it comes, the lead up to war (God do I hope I am wrong):

"The United States will not and cannot run that risk to the American people. Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world."

And here is the clincher:

"We must not shrink from whatever is ahead of us. We must not fail in our duty and our responsibility to the citizens of the countries that are represented by this body."

Colin Powell is an extremely intelligent man. So why did he leave the U.S., the U.N. Security Council and Iraq with so little wiggle room. The very tone of his speech, to me anyway, left no room for doubt. Iraq, here we come.

Oh shit, oh dear.

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