BUSH'S RACE TO WAR PUTS WORLD AT RISK
THE day has been marked in President Bush's diary. January 27, 2003. The date when he will decide on war against Iraq.
But no one really believes that a big decision will be taken in the White House on that day. The die was cast long ago.
Mr Bush and the warmongers in his cabinet want a war against Saddam Hussein. They say they must stop him because he has weapons of mass destruction.
But only one leader has weapons of mass destruction and plans to use them. His name is George W Bush and it is he who must be stopped.
What he plans to do against Iraq will not save lives or make peace. It will destabilise the world and threaten thousands, possibly millions.
President Bush is determined to go to war to demonstrate to the United States' rednecks that he is committed to the war on terrorism launched after 9/11.
Yesterday the Americans declared that Iraq is in "material breach" - the key words - of United Nations resolutions.
Not even the British government went that far. Though Jack Straw came close to it and will doubtless take the short step to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mr Bush.
But they must be stopped. Before this mad, dangerous war is begun. The cost in human life could be enormous. It would far outweigh the current threat from Saddam.
It is true that weapons of mass destruction should not be allowed in the wrong hands.
But they are. They are in President Bush's. That is the greatest threat facing the world.
Spike the guns
BEFORE Labour came to power in 1997, it promised to crack down on arms dealers.
Instead it has allowed the trade in death to spin out of control.
Although there are restrictions on arms exports from this country, nothing is done to prevent UK dealers plying their murderous trade abroad.
The Daily Mirror is partnering Oxfam in a campaign to highlight the abuses and persuade the government to close the loopholes.
Thousands of people are dying because of armed conflicts. It shames this country that we play a part in providing the killing machines.
They're a credit
DAVID and Victoria Beckham can be accused of many things.
But it is ridiculous to blame them for the massive increase in consumer spending. Credit is cheap, access to it is easy and people want nice things. So they buy them.
That isn't the Beckhams' fault. And the report that blames them is talking nonsense.