An act of aggression! There is no other way of describing Washington's
invasion of Iraq at 11.15 a.m today, 20 March 2003.
The United States, its staunch ally, Britain, and other states in that
gang of invaders not only failed to obtain United Nations endorsement
for the war but have also violated the UN Charter.
The United Nations should condemn the US led aggression against Iraq.
It should demand that Washington ceases its military operations
immediately. Indeed, under the UN Charter, Iraq, as a victim of
aggression, has the right to seek help from other UN member states and
from the UN itself.
While we do not expect the UN to take a collective stand against the
world's sole superpower, it is our earnest hope and prayer that people
everywhere will continue their courageous campaign against the war. It
is, after all, the most unpopular war in human history.
American aggression has confirmed what ordinary men and women have known
all along: Washington has no respect for international law. It is a
power unto itself. It acts unilaterally -- aided and abetted by London
and other crony and client states.
Indeed, Washington's assault upon Iraq underscores the maxim it adheres
to in international politics. Might is right. The weak must submit to
the will of the strong.
The war on Iraq proves -- if proof was needed -- that Washington intends
to use its might to re-shape the world in accordance with its imperial
ambitions. Of course, control over Iraqi oil is central to its imperial
drive. The invasion of Iraq is also critical to Israel's hegemonic
agenda in the Middle East.
Forcing Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction is part of the
attempt to ensure that Israel feels safe and secure. That Israel's 200
nuclear warheads have contributed to a deep sense of insecurity among
its Arab neighbours, prompting some of them to acquire other weapons of
mass destruction is something that is conveniently ignored by the
warmongers in Washington and London.
In contrast to Israel and, of course, its protector, the United States
of America, Iraq, at this juncture, with its very limited defence
capabilities, appears to be weak and vulnerable. All indications are
that it will be vanquished easily. Its people will be slaughtered
mercilessly. And among those who will be crushed to death will be the
children of Iraq.
Is this how the world's first global empire seeks to crown its victory
-- with the corpses of children?
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar
International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
20 March 2003