Is war inevitable! Are you "for" or "against" military action? What of UN Security Council? Discover facts about: Gulf War, US support of Saddam Hussein in Iraq-Iran War (1980-88), and US involvement with Bin Laden and "Afghan Jihad" (1979-89). ______________________________
Discover Real Bush War (Part I)
As I sit down and write this article on Tuesday Night February 18, 2003 from my office in Germany, Bush (or Bush/Blair) War appears inevitable. Why is this?
Is it time to bash President Bush and his policies? Or should we chant Bush slogans?
Bush stated in his recent State of Union, "We are called to defend safety of our people, and hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility." Do you believe that it is America's responsibility to protect so-called FREEDOMS for entire world? Many might remember United State's embarrassing role in Nicaraguan civil war, or even Vietnam!
As an online reader, you, like everyone else has probably already chosen sides. Are you "pro" or "anti" Bush War? Whether you gravitate towards 1) espousing Bush's war rhetoric in protecting America's freedoms, or 2) you agree that UN weapons inspectors should continue with their job, I ask that you temporarily back away from any forlorn conclusions and discover REAL BUSH WAR.
Ultimately, Bush War -- like so many wars -- is about money and power. This goes much deeper than oil! I would like to take a brief journey through both recent and ancient history and discuss foundation of Bush's beliefs. We all know that he believes in Iraq's regime change and this means war. As we unravel situation, you just might discover facts that you did not know before, along with historical realities you have not thought so much about.
FACT: On Friday February 14, 2003 United Nations' 15 member Security Council agreed to continue weapons inspection, ruling out use of military force. France, Russia, and China, along with Germany, Vatican and rulers of many other countries are overwhelmingly against Bush War.
FACT: The US led Gulf War with Iraq in 1991. Kuwait was a part of southern Iraq through most of Islamic Ottoman Empire spanning from 1290-1923. The national boundaries making Kuwait and Iraq into separate countries were primarily established after World War II when British released most of their imperialistic territories. As always, Britain and other allies tried to hold on to economic (oil) interests by establishing pro-British leaders. Petroleum is Kuwait's primary natural resource. Kuwait is one of tiniest countries (about 120 x 110 miles) but owns approximately 10% of world's oil reserves. The per person GNP is higher than Italy, Israel, and more than 10 times Iraq. (According to 2000 GNP report of World Bank and OECD, Kuwait has $19,040 per person versus $1650 for Iraqis.)
Before making a value judgement on Saddam Hussein's principles for taking over Kuwait in 1990, I could listen to both viewpoints dealing with oil, territorial boundaries, debt, Israel, UN favoritism, and other issues. Regardless of an opinion on Iraq and those countries for or against Iraq's takeover of Kuwait, UN Security Council passed their resolution on November 29, 1990. Member states could “use all necessary means” to force Iraq from Kuwait, if Iraq did not depart by January 15, 1991.
FACT: The government of United States provided weapons and support to Iraq during Iraq-Iran War of 1980-1988.
Rather than detail this war, it is known that United States was against Iranian regime change of 1979. The Shah of Iran was overthrown because of his corruption and ties to US and western powers which primarily revolved around Iranian oil fields. The Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini took over and severed any interactions with US and western powers. Fearing that US would intervene and reestablish Shah who fled to US, Iranian students took 66 American hostages from US Embassy. It was during this Iran Hostage Crisis that US supported Saddam Hussein in Iraq attacking Iran.