Powell's Hollywood theatre rejected
Even before US Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his speech to the UN Security Council last week, Chief UN Weapons Inspector, Hans Blix had already dismissed several of the claims that Powell was expected to make, and did make, to the Security Council. Hans Blix said there was no evidence of mobile biological weapons laboratories or of Iraq trying to foil inspectors by moving equipment before his teams arrived. He had already inspected two alleged mobile labs and found nothing. Blix said the problem of bio-weapons laboratories on trucks had been around for a while and that he had received tips from the US that led him to inspect trucks in Iraq. Hans Blix also contested the theory that the Iraqis knew in advance what sites were to be inspected. The real purpose of the Hollywood style presentation of alleged evidence that Iraq is in "material breech" is crystal clear. It is to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq into the distant future and seize control of Iraq's oil resources. However, there are other aims. By a massive display of us military power, the US hopes to intimidate and terrorise all other countries into accepting US political, economic and military dictation. The war would not be confined to Iraq. It would also be waged against other Middle Eastern countries that refused to bow to US demands. It would not stop with the Middle East either, but spread war to the continent of Asia with an assault on North Korea. The longer-range plan is war against the People's Republic of China. Many of Powell's assertions could have been presented to the UN Security Council long ago for investigation. By his last minute revelations, the US Government hopes to stampede other UN Security Council members to endorse the war agenda. Powell threatened the UN Security Council by asserting that unless it agreed to the US agenda, it would become irrelevant. The reality is that if the UN Security Council agreed to the US agenda it would violate the Charter of the UN and the responsibility of the UN Security Council to settle international disputes by negotiation. Powell's threats and rhetoric aim to cover up the desire of the US to do away with the United Nations so that the US becomes the sole arbiter of what is right and wrong. All UN principles and objectives and all international law would be torn up. Should the UN Security Council capitulate to US demands (which seems unlikely but not impossible), it would not alter the fact that the invasion of Iraq would remain a US war. It would not alter the US objective of seizing Iraqi oil for itself. The military forces involved would still involve those of the US, Britain and Australia. Most countries would not join the US, certainly not France, Germany, Russia or China. A UN-sanctioned war would not alter the fact that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis would be killed by US cruise missiles, US smart bombs, US depleted uranium weapons and even US nuclear weapons. A UN-sanctioned war is no more acceptable than one resulting from unilateral action by the US, Britain and Australia. The massive opposition of the people of the world has not been diverted by Colin Powell's theatrical performance. Very large demonstrations will take place throughout Australia and the world over the weekend of February 15-16. Many local peace groups in suburbs and country towns have sprung up across Australia and are initiating grass roots actions. The Senate's condemnation of the Australian Government's mindless support of US actions is a knock to the Government's war plans, even though the Senate resolution failed to rule out support for war if it were to be endorsed by the UN Security Council. Among the Australian people there is a growing opposition to war under any circumstances. War is an abomination. The only war forward for humanity is by establishing a peaceful and totally disarmed world. It is the huge worldwide demonstrations that are now the main factor in straitjacketing the warmongers. It is to be hoped that the countries that make up the UN Security Council will stand by the principles of the UN Charter and the interests of the people of the whole world.