IRAQ - after the bombing of Basra last night
by Waratah (Rosemarie Gillespie)
Dateline 4 March 2003
US planes started bombing Basra in earnest last night. It seems that nothing will stop those maniacs in the White House - or his parrots like the Prime Miniature of Australia. Were any of Australia’s warplanes involved in the bombing of Basra last night?
This time the American Leaders did not try to cloak their naked aggression with excuses such as “no fly zones”. The purpose of the bombing was to clear the way for American, British and Australian ground forces, in preparation for the ground war, the invasion of Iraq, which could begin any time after March 7th.
The bombing, which killed six civilians and injured many others, was a clear violation of international law. In fact it was a war crime. No wonder successive United States administrations did not want the International Criminal Court! Bush prefers to place his tust in the power of the gun, and the guns are smoking. This is just a prelude to what is to come.
The streets of Baghdad are quieter today, because we know that Baghdad is likely to be hit soon. Large stocks of bottled water are being bought and sold. This is a necessary preparation for the impending invasion by the US and its “allies”.
Last time, when the “allies”, spearheaded by the US, bombed Baghdad, they destroyed the power stations. The power was off for months, causing great suffering to the people. The power was needed to operate the water treatment plants and pump fresh water into the water supply system. All this failed when the power stations were bombed, and thousands of civilians, men women and children, who had survived the bombings, died from gastrointestinal diseases when the only water available was unsafe to drink.
Young children, with their tiny bodies, are most vulnerable. This time, the US bombers are most likely to destroy communication systems and power stations first. They will do this again, just as they did in 1991, even though the American administration is fully aware of the humanitarian disaster it will cause. For every power station bombed, thousands of children will die. This must be stopped. Think of the children. Think of what the world would be like if Bush and his mob were able to get away with their criminal acts, and plunder and pillage the planet at will.
This war is being fought for oil - Iraq has the world’s second largest proven oil reserves - just as the war on Bougainville was fought for the copper and gold that lies beneath the surface of that beautiful island. Just as the British Mining company, Rio Tinto, was the driving force behind the military blockade and war fought against the Bougainvilleans, this time it is the big oil companies, such as Standard Oil of California (SOCAL), Standard Oil of New Jersey (EXXON - Esso in Australia), American Oil Company (AMOCO), Texaco (Caltex in Australia, in conjunction with SOCAL), Shell, British Petroleum, that are the driving force behind the planned invasion of Iraq.
That is why Bush, Blair and Howard are increasingly acting like dictators. They are being dictated to by the oil companies, from whom they get their marching orders. They will not pay attention to the pleas, petitions, letters, or even “demonstrations” by their people.
The only thing that will make these governments pull back from bombing any country which gets in the way of US economic and foreign policy objectives is ACTION, such as civil disobedience, industrial action, etc. which will block the progress of the war machine. Both rolling strikes and rolling acts of civil disobedience have been suggested. If enough people are willing to do it, it will work.
Bye for now,
Waratah (Rosemarie Gillespie)