Secretary of State Colin Powell bravely went to the UN last week to embarrass himself when he presented fake proofs to win public support for President's Bush's Iraq war. The General performed well. Yet, his 'evidence' was immediately exposed the world over as a puerile attempt to deceive, albeit not in the United States where a tight and pro-war media alliance continues to massively misinform the American people.
Dulles NOW activists worked against the first Gulf war. We marched, sat on anti-war panels and gave interviews never published nor aired. We knew for a fact, along with others, that the premature babies thrown out of incubators by cruel Iraqi soldiers were a total US and Kuwaiti fabrication, the later themselves fooled by their American friends into believing that Hussein's troops were massing on the Saudi border, another lie. George Bush's 'war' proved to be nothing but a slaughtering exercise. It turned the stomach of the world, became a political disaster for the US, fueled the September 11 tragedy and won global sympathy for Baghdad.
The attempts we made to denounce this cold manipulation of women's sensitivities were met with brutal rejection by the US media and vicious attacks by pro-war forces. Afterwards, we consistently opposed the atrocious and unjustified sanctions imposed upon the Iraqi people that Clinton further increased and that the grotesque Madeleine Albright proudly defended. It is thus evident that we also oppose another attack upon Iraq, as naked an attempt to pilfer energy sources as the first war was.
The US Congress, and therefore the Democratic party, abdicated responsibility months ago when they approved President Bush's drive to war. Their so-called anti-war stance today is, at best, hypocritical and self-serving. The White House is indifferent to American public opinion and no other democratic mechanism for the people to make a difference exists.
The fate of the Iraqi people, and world peace, is left in the hands of the UN Security Council. Of the five permanent members with veto powers, the current leaders of world opinion - Russia, China and France - are making remarkable efforts to prevent another mass slaughter. They deserve full support. They certainly have ours.