April 8, 2002

The Big Brother Files #36: The Ugly Truth Hiding in Plain Sight


Hello everyone

This is a QUITE heavy duty compilation! Please network it!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

P.S. See also my latest Media compilation #63: Army of Mass Destruction on a Rampage in Palestine --- Webposted at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation63.htm


CONTENTS

1. Pop Quiz on the Middle East
2. Nobel's Regrets on Peres Award
3. Bilderbergs and Trilateralists meet in U.S.
4. PBS Transcript: Moyers on the Secret Government
5. Not In Our Name


SEE ALSO:

A FRIGHTENING FRAUD? - NEW FRENCH BOOK DENIES 9-11 AIR CRASH AT THE PENTAGON
http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/04/04/27341.html
A new book, claiming that there was no air-crash at the Pentagon on September 11th, has shot to the top of bestseller lists in France, despite objections from the US Government.

Note from Jean: To my amazement there was a short but proper coverage on this book on April 4 in the BBC World News on TV! You would NEVER seen that in the Cover-Up medias in the U.S.! The BBC also has an amazingly revealing coverage on the mass murderous carnage of the Israeli army in Palestine.
Check http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/default.stm

AND YOU *MUST* ABSOLUTELY SEE http://www.palestinechronicle.com/

UNRWA: ‘End the Horror in the Camps’ (April 08 2002)
http://palestinechronicle.com/article.php?story=20020408001217801

Israel defies US pressure to withdraw (Monday, 8 April)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_1916000/1916199.stm
We are getting reports of pure horror (...) That helicopters are strafing civilian residential areas, that systematic shelling by tanks has created hundreds of wounded, that bulldozers are razing refugee homes and that food and medicine will soon run out.

BRINGING NON-VIOLENCE TO THE WEST BANK
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12784
Hundreds of civilian "internationalists" are arriving in the West Bank to act as human shields for the Palestinians under siege by the Israeli Army.

VIOLENCE AND EXCUSES IN THE MIDEAST
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12771
Many Americans have been cowed into silence about Israeli aggression. But they should say aloud what they really feel: that Israel is behaving immorally and even savagely.

A RIGHTWING BLUEPRINT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12785
A highly influential cabal of rightwingers have a radical vision for the Middle East -- and they include some of Bush's closest advisers.

THE MADNESS OF ARIEL SHARON
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12783
The bloody campaign against the Palestinians is in keeping with the Israeli Prime Minister's violent history. But why is the White House participating in his vendetta?

LOTS MORE ON THE MIDDLE EAST CARNAGE AT http://www.alternet.org/?IssueAreaID=28




1.

Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@islands.vi>

Published on Sunday, February 8, 1998 in the Orlando Sentinel

Pop Quiz on the Middle East

Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
A: Israel.

Q: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
A: Israel.

Q: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
A: Israel.

Q: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
A: Israel.

Q: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship in international waters, killing 33 and wounding 177 American sailors?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
A: Israel.

Q: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
A: Israel.

Q: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
A: Israel.

Q: What country is the United States threatening to bomb because "U.N. Security Council resolutions must be obeyed?"
A: Iraq




2.

Published on Friday, April 5, 2002 by the BBC

Nobel's Regrets on Peres Award

Members of the Norwegian committee that awards the annual Nobel Peace Prize have launched an unprecedented verbal assault on Israeli Foreign Minister and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres.

Mr Peres accepted the peace prize jointly with the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel's late prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, in 1994.

In an interview with a Norwegian newspaper, committee members said they regretted that Mr Peres' prize could not be recalled because, as a member of the Israeli cabinet, he had not acted to prevent Israel's re-occupation of Palestinian territory.

One member said Mr Peres had not lived up to the ideals he expressed when he accepted the prize.

"What is happening today in Palestine is grotesque and unbelievable," said Hanna Kvanmo.

"Peres is responsible, as part of the government. He has expressed his agreement with what [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon is doing," she said.

"If he had not agreed with Sharon, then he would have withdrawn from the government."

Oslo Bishop Gunnar Stalsett, a committee member for the past eight years, describes as "absurd" what he sees as the involvement of a Nobel laureate in human rights abuses.

Other committee members argue that the Israeli government's actions in general and Mr Peres' involvement in particular are threatening to bring the prize into disrepute.

Ms Kvanmo said however that "at the time, it was a correct decision" to honor Peres.

"He was the one of the three that really deserved the prize, because he took the initiative to the talks that led to the Oslo accords," she said.

Committee chairman Geir Lundestad voiced the concern of several members that if Mr Arafat were to be killed as a result of Israeli actions, one Nobel laureate might in effect be said to have killed the other.




3.

From: "Dick Eastman" <eastman@compwrx.com>
Subject: Bilderbergs and Trilateralists meet in U.S.
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002

Trilateralists Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Greenspan, Kissinger plan new moves in bogus "war on terrorism" and, presumably, damage control for exposed 9-11 frame-up.

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April 6, 2002

I. Trilateral meeting today to discuss terrorism

By Ellen Sorokin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Trilateral Commission - long viewed by critics and conspiracy theorists as a secret world-government-in-waiting - will begin its annual meeting today in Washington to discuss the future of the world's three main industrialized continents post-September 11. CLIP

Under the chairmanship of former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, the conference will gather 250 political, business and academic leaders from Europe, North America and Japan, who will analyze the global response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States' foreign policy and the situation in the Middle East.

"The running line at this meeting is definitely going, 'What do we do now, and where do we go from here?'" said Francois Sauzey, the commission's press officer. As usual, all meetings and panel discussions will be closed to the public.

Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan will report on the Islamic world's contribution to globalization, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo will highlight his ongoing work on financing development since the U.N. Monterrey Conference.

Also, World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore is scheduled to lead a panel discussion on the next steps in the multilateral trading regime after his organization's recent Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, where the problems of developing countries' implementing the WTO agreements were discussed.

Other debates will focus on the challenge of reducing poverty and financing development in lesser-developed countries, economic reform and recovery in Japan, the state of the U.S. and world economies, and China in the international system.

Among other political leaders who are expected to attend the three-day meeting are Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and former head of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board Paul Volcker.

The Trilateral Commission was founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller, who was then chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank. A few years later, the commission became a target of conspiracy theorists after at least 25 commission members joined the Carter administration, including Vice President Walter Mondale, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Defense Secretary Harold Brown and National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Since then, the commission has been called a "shadow government," the "Establishment" and a "global elite" that runs the world, among other things.

Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., a six-time presidential candidate who was convicted of conspiracy charges, once said the commission is behind the international drug trade, and is plotting to raise taxes on Americans and siphon the money overseas.

http://www.washingtontimes.com

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II. BILDERBERG FOUND POWER ELITE TO MEET NEAR D.C.

The super-secret gang of international financiers and high-powered political leaders will hide out near Washington's Dulles International Airport to hold their annual confabulation.

Exclusive to American Free Press
By James P. Tucker Jr.

Bilderberg will seal off the Westfields Marriott, just seven miles south of Washington's Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., for its annual meeting of the super-rich and super-famous on the weekend of May 30- June 2.

While it is the closest Bilderberg has ever come to Washington for annual secret meetings to plot the world's future, Westfields is ideal for the security-paranoid international elite. Westfields stands in lonely grandeur with much space separating the resort from tall brick buildings in a luxury "office park."

Perhaps coincidentally, neighboring office buildings are home to numerous spy organizations.

The last time Bilderberg met in Virginia was 1962, when the secret gang of international financiers and political leaders took over all of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va. Bilderberg tends to meet on the same continent as the Group of Eight economic summits, which follow shortly afterwards, featuring heads of state from the world's industrialized nations. The G-8 will meet in Alberta, Canada June 26-28.

Bilderberg's junior varsity, the Trilateral Commission, will meet April 5-7 in Washington at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Bilderberg and the TC have an interlocking leadership and a common global agenda. David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger are powers in both groups.

Trilaterals have about 320 participants while the more exclusive Bilderberg has about 120. The TC includes Japan, while Bilderberg draws only from Europe and North America. Both high-powered groups plan the future, together, of the entire world.

BILDERBERG'S AGENDA

High on their common agenda this year is how to exploit "the war on terrorism" to increase their control of the "World without borders" while generating immense profits. The Trilaterals will meet behind closed doors at the Ritz Carlton but not seal off the entire downtown hotel. Bilderberg will have armed guards blocking the entrance to Westfields and none but participants will be permitted inside. There will be no other guests.

Sources inside both groups say they will try to exploit the new "war on terrorism" to advance an old agenda: Establishing NATO formally as the United Nations' standing army, imposing a direct UN tax on the world, global gun control and selling the Free Trade Area of the Americas as a "necessary step to ward off future attacks."

It is all part of a grand design to establish a world government under the UN. As NAFTA expands through out the Western Hemisphere as the FTAA it is to evolve into the "American Union" and "dollarization" is to become the common currency, as the euro is in Europe. Bilderberg luminaries have directly acknowledged this to an American Free Press reporter.

Other Bilderberg sources said the site near Washington was chosen for several reasons.

Dulles is considered one of the most secure airports in the wake of 9-11 and it is a short ride in flag-draped limos to Westfields. While instant communication with the White House has always been easy, wherever in the world Bilderberg hides, it is a 30-mile drive for any high official of the administration who may be summoned on short notice. High officials of the administration will be attending the full three-day session anyway.

But more are prepared to come like a dog to the whistle if called.

For more on the Bilderberg global consipracy:

http://www.bilderberg.org/

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III. BBC TELEVISION INDICTS BUSH / CIA IN 9-11 TERROR COMPLICITY:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/cta/progs/newsnight/attack22.ram

Also:
CANADA'S VANCOUVER SUN ARTICLE BLOWS THE 9-11 STORY WIDE OPEN !!
http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=140623




4.

PBS Transcript - Friday night: Moyers on the Secret Government

From: http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_secretgov.html

BILL MOYERS: Eileen Welsome learned just how hard it is to find out what government doesnt want us to know. She won a Pulitzer Prize for searching out secrets dating back fifty years, to the dawn of the atomic age.

EILEEN WELSOME (AUTHOR, THE PLUTONIUM FILES): I had come across a footnote in a scientific report describing 18 humans who had been injected with plutonium during the Manhattan Project.

MOYERS: The Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb. To study the effects of radiation on human beings, scientists working on the bomb injected unsuspecting Americans with radioactive plutonium. It was all top secret.

WELSOME: The names of the scientists and the names of the patients were blacked out. And I was simply horrified. I wanted to find out who they were, why were they injected, did they develop cancer, did they have pain? What happened to them and why was it done?

MOYERS: She started her search in 1987. But the patients were identified only by number. Welsome wanted their names. So she turned to a law passed by Congress twenty years earlier to safeguard the publics right to know. Its called the Freedom of Information Act...also known as FOIA.

WELSOME: All of these individuals were found with the help of scraps of information that came from the FOIA request that I filed.

CLIP

TOM BLANTON: The peoples right to know is on the run right now. We have an administration in Washington that - they see their job in Washington to recoup all the ground that the peoples right to know has gained over the last thirty years. We gained that ground for the peoples right to know in order to prevent another Vietnam or another Watergate or a kind of unaccountable Washington that we used to have.

CONGRESSMAN BURTON (R-IN): I'm a Republican and George W. Bush is one of my heroes. He's a Republican. I think he's doing a fine job in the war and the economy. But this flies in the face of openness in government. And while I understand every President wants to protect their turf and keep people from overseeing what they're doing, it's the responsibility of Congress to do just that. I believe a veil of secrecy has descended around the administration and I think that's unseemly.

MOYERS: America is at war and Washington is in a state of high alert. In the name of national security, the white house has denied Congress information it has sought, restricted reporters in their coverage, decreed secret military tribunals, and sealed off thousands of pages of public records.

KIRTLEY : Security and secrecy are not synonymous, but the Bush administration acts as if they are. What's happening here is that the Bush administration, I feel, is exploiting the publics legitimate concern about national security and turning that into carte blanche to say, anything we decide we dont want to share with the public we will withhold on grounds of secrecy.

The irony of all of this is that at the very time when I think the actions of government need to be scrutinized very closely, the roadblocks that have been set up by the Bush administration are going to make it very difficult for the public, for Congress, really for anybody who has an interest in the outcome, which is all of us, to find out whats going on. And the attitude of the Bush administration, frankly, seems to me to be that its none of our business.

MOYERS: But the accountability of power is the publics business. Just ask Eileen Welsome. Without the Freedom of Information act, what the government did to its own citizens - secretly injecting them with radioactive plutonium - might never have been known. And Elmer Allen might have remained...just a number in a filing cabinet.

WELSOME: I went back to Elmer's grave and his family had put up a beautiful new headstone. Elmer Allen, the tombstone said, "One of America's human nuclear guinea pigs." He had been a human being up until he was injected with plutonium and from that date in 1947 until the day he died, he was a number.

WELSOME: What are reporters gonna be finding out fifty years from now about what is going on right now in the post-September 11th period. I mean are we gonna find out horrendous things in fifty years about whats been happening in the last four months? And is it going to take fifty years to find out this information?

NOTE FROM JEAN: To have a frightening example of the kind of horrific experiment the U.S. government is conducting that is certainly having a MOST devastating effect on all Americans - this is possibly the true reason why there has been such a severe shortage of rainfalls in several vast areas of the US (20% of the contiguous U.S. as reported in last week's Times Magazine, April 8, p. 13) leading to extreme drought conditions with profound environmental consequences, read:

"Is The US Navy and Air Force Controlling Our Weather"? (July 13, 2001)
http://www.americanholocaust.50megs.com/US_Weather_Control.htm
An intriguing theory to say the least!




THIS IS A MUST READ!

5.

From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/04.06G.JP.Name.htm

Not In Our Name How dare George Bush preach peace to Israel when he's meeting Blair to plan war on Iraq .. and the deaths of thousands more innocent people?

By John Pilger

President George W. Bush yesterday called on Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian cities occupied by its forces during the last week.

He excused Israel's violence, but lectured the Palestinians and the rest of the Middle East on the need for restraint and a lasting peace. "The storms of violence cannot go on," said Bush. "Enough is enough."

What he neglected to say was that he needs a lull in the present crisis to lay his own war plans; that while he talks of peace in the Middle East, he is secretly planning a massive attack on Iraq.

This historic display of hypocrisy by Bush will be on show at his ranch in Texas today, with Tony Blair, his collaborator, in admiring attendance.

Yes, enough is enough. It is time Tony Blair came clean with the British people on his part in the coming violence against a nation of innocent people.

As the crisis in Israeli-occupied Palestine deepens, Tony Blair will meet George W Bush today to plan an attack on another country, Iraq.

Their decision may condemn to death more than 10,000 civilians. That is the "medium case scenario" drawn up by the Pentagon. If the Americans implement their current strategy of "total war" and target Iraq's electricity and water, the consequences will be even more horrific.

There is no mandate in any United Nations resolution for this invasion. It will be as lawless as Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland, which triggered the Second World War. Indeed, it may well trigger a Third World War, drawing in nations of the region and beyond.

As Blair arrives at Bush's Texas ranch the question begs: Why does he condemn Iraq, but is silent on Israel's current bloody and illegal rampage through Palestine? Why has he not demanded that the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon comply with UN Security Council resolutions, to which Britain is a signatory, and withdraw from the Occupied Territories? Why has Blair said nothing as Sharon has sent tanks and gunships and snipers against civilians - a government targeting innocent people, like the deaf old lady shot by an Israeli sniper as she tried to get to hospital? Why has Blair not called at least for military sanctions against Israel, which has 200 nuclear weapons targeted at Arab capitals?

Blair's culpable silence is imposed by the most dangerous American administration for a generation. The Bush administration is determined to attack Iraq and take over a country that is the world's second largest source of oil. The aim is to get rid of America's and Britain's old friend, Saddam Hussein, whom they no longer control, and to install another compliant thug in Baghdad.

That is why Bush now tells Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian cities it recently occupied while continuing to replenish the Israeli war machine. The Americans want a rampant Israel guarding their flank as they attack Iraq and expand their control across the Middle East, whose oil is now more critical than ever to US military and economic dominance.

For almost two months, Downing Street, through the discredited system of unattributable briefings that are secret to the public, have spun two deceptions. The first is that the Prime Minister will play a vital role at today's meeting with Bush on his Texas ranch in "counselling caution." The second is that Blair has a "dossier of detailed evidence" that "proves" that Saddam Hussein has "a nuclear capability" and is "investigating a way to launch unsophisticated nuclear bombs" and is also building chemical and biological weapons.

The fiction of Blair as a steadying hand on his Texas buddy is to be read in Blair's unrelenting bellicose statements, and his attempts, against the wishes of his senior military advisers, to send thousands of British troops into the quagmire of Afghanistan, where his "cautionary influence" on Bush saw as many as 5,000 civilians bombed to death while the Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders got away.

While remaining silent on Israel, Blair is alone in Europe in his promotion of an attack on Iraq, a nation of 22 million people with whom the British have no quarrel. Mysteriously, the "dossier of proof" of the dangers posed by the Iraqi regime has now been "shelved." This is because no such proof exists and because, suddenly, more than 130 Labour Members of Parliament are in revolt, including Cabinet and former Cabinet members. It must be dawning on many of them that so much of this government's "spin" during the "war on terrorism" has been a farrago of lies and half-truths provided by an American intelligence apparatus seeking to cover its failure to provide warning of the attacks of September 11.

Lie Number One is the justification for an attack on Iraq - the threat of its "weapons of mass destruction." Few countries have had 93 per cent of their major weapons capability destroyed. This was reported by Rolf Ekeus, the chairman of the United Nations body authorised to inspect and destroy Iraq's arsenal following the Gulf War in 1991. UN inspectors certified that 817 out of the 819 Iraqi long-range missiles were destroyed. In 1999, a special panel of the Security Council recorded that Iraq's main biological weapons facilities (supplied originally by the US and Britain) "have been destroyed and rendered harmless."

As for Saddam Hussein's "nuclear threat," the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iraq's nuclear weapons programme had been eliminated "efficiently and effectively". The IAEA inspectors still travel to Iraq and in January reported full Iraqi compliance. Blair and Bush never mention this when they demand that "the weapons inspectors are allowed back". Nor do they remind us that the UN inspectors were never expelled by the Iraqis, but withdrawn only after it was revealed they had been infiltrated by US intelligence.

Lie Number Two is the connection between Iraq and the perpetrators of September 11. There was the rumour that Mohammed Atta, one of the September 11 hijackers, had met an Iraqi intelligence official in the Czech Republic last year. The Czech police say he was not even in the country last year. On February 5, a New York Times investigation concluded: "The Central Intelligence Agency has no evidence that Iraq has engaged in terrorist operations against the United States in nearly a decade, and the agency is convinced that Saddam Hussein has not provided chemical or biological weapons to al-Qaeda or related terrorist groups."

Lie Number Three is that Saddam Hussein, not the US and Britain, "is blocking humanitarian supplies from reaching the people of Iraq." (Foreign Office minister Peter Hain). The opposite is true. The United States, with British compliance, is currently blocking a record $5billion worth of humanitarian supplies from the people of Iraq. These are shipments already approved by the UN Office of Iraq, which is authorised by the Security Council. They include life-saving drugs, painkillers, vaccines, cancer diagnostic equipment.

This wanton denial is rarely reported in Britain. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, mostly children, have died as a consequence of an American and British driven embargo on Iraq that resembles a medieval siege. The embargo allows Iraq less than £100 with which to feed and care for one person for a whole year. This a major factor, says the United Nations' Children's Fund, in the death of more than 600,000 infants.

I have seen the appalling state of the children of Iraq. I have sat next to an Iraqi doctor in a modern hospital while she has turned away parents with children suffering from cancers that are part of what they call a "Hiroshima epidemic" - caused, according to several studies, by the depleted uranium that was used by the US and Britain in the Gulf War and is now carried in the dust of the desert. Not only is Iraq denied equipment to clean up its contaminated battlefields, but also cancer drugs and hospital equipment.

I showed a list of barred drugs given to me by Iraqi doctors to Professor Karol Sikora, who as chief of the cancer programme of the World Health Organisation, wrote in the British Medical Journal: "Requested radiotherapy equipment, chemotherapy drugs and analgesics are consistently blocked by United States and British advisers (to the UN Sanctions Committee). There seems to be a rather ludicrous notion that such agents could be converted into chemical and other weapons." He told me: "Nearly all these drugs are available in every British hospital. It seems crazy they couldn't have morphine. When I was in Iraq, in one hospital they had a little bottle of aspirin pills to go around 200 patients in pain." No one doubts that if the murderous Saddam Hussein saw advantage in deliberately denying his people humanitarian supplies, he would do so; but the UN, from the Secretary General himself, has said that, while the regime could do more, it has not withheld supplies.

Denis Halliday, the assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, resigned in protest at the embargo which he described as "genocidal". Halliday was responsible for the UN's humanitarian programme in Iraq. His successor, Hans Von Sponeck, also resigned in disgust. Last November, they wrote: "The death of 5-6,000 children a month is mostly due to contaminated water, lack of medicines and malnutrition. The US and UK governments' delayed clearance of equipment and materials is responsible for this tragedy, not Baghdad."

Those who speak these facts are abused by Blair ministers as apologists for Saddam Hussein - so embroiled is the government with the Bush administration's exploitation of America's own tragedy on September 11. This has prevented public discussion of the crime of an embargo that has hurt only the most vulnerable Iraqis and which is to be compounded by the crime of attacking the stricken nation. Unknown to most of the British public, RAF and American aircraft have been bombing Iraq, week after week, for more than two years. The cost to the British taxpayer is £800million a year. The Wall Street Journal reported that the US and Britain faced a "dilemma" because "few targets remain". "We're down to the last outhouse," said a Pentagon official.

In any attack on Iraq, Saddam Hussein's escape route is virtually assured - just as Osama bin Laden's was. The US and Britain have no wish to free the Iraqi people from a tyranny the CIA once described as its "greatest triumph". The last thing they want is a separate Kurdish state and another allied to the Shi'ite majority in neighbouring Iran. They want another Saddam Hussein: one who will do as he is told.

On March 13, the Foreign Office entertained Brigadier-General Najib Salihi, a former commander of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard and chief of the dreaded military intelligence who took part in the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Now funded by the CIA, the general "denies any war crimes". Not that he would ever face arrest in the West. At the Foreign Office, he is known as a "rapidly rising star". He is their man, and Washington's man.

The British soldiers who take part in an invasion have every right to know the dirty secrets that will underpin their action, and extend the suffering of a people held hostage to a dictatorship and to international power games over which they have no control. Two weeks ago, the Americans made clear they were prepared to use "low yield" nuclear weapons, a threat echoed here by Defence Secretary Geoffrey Hoon.

When will Europe stand up? If the leaders of the European Union fall silent, too, in the face of such danger, what is Europe for? In this country, there is an honourable rallying cry: Not In Our Name. Bush and Blair must be restrained from killing large numbers of innocents in our name - a view, according to the polls, shared by a majority of the British people. An arms and military equipment embargo must be enforced throughout the region, from Saddam Hussein's Iraq to Ariel Sharon's Israel. Above all, the siege of both the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples must end now.

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SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT:

Sign the Campaign of Conscience Peace Pledge To Stop the Spread of the War to Iraq
http://www.peaceresponse.org/pledge/index.shtml
Join others pledging opposition to the war against Iraq.

Give Peace a Bank
http://www.oxfrg.demon.co.uk/1programmes-conflict-GPAB.htm
About the launching of a bank which will fund the resolution of conflict and the prevention of war.

Contact: Dr. Scilla Elworthy <org@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk>
Website: http://www.oxfrg.demon.co.uk/1home.htm







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