The Coastal Post - February, 1999

Killing For Oil And Israel
By Edward A. Miller

"Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." -George Washington

"Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And the evidence has to be internally denied." -Arthur Miller

"We have heard that half a million children have died as a result of sanctions against Iraq. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. Is it worth the price?" - Leslie Stahl. Madeline Albright: "We think the price is worth it." - Sixty Minutes, May 12, 1998

"We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism." - Madeline Albright, August, 1998

By early 1998 after seven years of UN ONSCOM inspections, Saddam Hussein reasserted his objections to their continuance and demanded the murderous sanctions be lifted. The U.S. immediately renewed its media campaign, accusing Iraq of harboring "weapons of mass destruction" despite clear evidence that Saddam no longer had either the materials or the delivery systems for any such weapons. The International Atomic Inspection Team has already determined that Iraq had no such weaponry, nor was capable of producing it. When on February 10, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was commenting: "We should not insist on humiliating Saddam Hussein," and should, "be more flexible in finding a peaceful solution," British diplomats at the UN, even while Kofi was speaking, circulated documents about a "chemical agent #15," hitherto unmentioned by any of the inspection teams and "based on intelligence that was believed to be reliable." We have heard nothing since regarding "Agent 15."

Meanwhile Secretary of War Cohen, who like Clinton, avoided military service, traveled throughout the Gulf States to line up support for another bombing of Iraq. After finding absolutely none from either the Emirates or Qatar, Cohen told the press: "Obviously they are hopeful a military solution is not necessary." On February 8th, the New York Times reported: "With Saudi Arabia showing deep reluctance to support a military strike on Iraq, Secretary of Defense Cohen said today he would not seek permission to launch American fighters and bombers from Saudi territory."

At a Town Hall meeting in Columbus, Ohio, viewed worldwide on CNN-TV, Cohen, Albright and Sammy Berger were jeered and hooted at by university students as the three argued for the use of force against Iraq, and on February 22, over 3,000 marched in Washington to the White House gates, protesting the threat of war against Iraq. Clinton was furious with these responses, and as James Bennett reported in the New York Times February 19th: "A day after American policy toward Iraq was passionately picked apart at a town hall meeting, President tried to reassemble the pieces today, declaring the country would ultimately support an American military assault."

There is a growing concern in Congress that our Mideast policy is out of control. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) in a newspaper article commented that: "Trying to appease the military and appear tough for campaign ads, many congressmen will make strong public statements goading the president to battle, going so far as to draft meaningless resolutions supporting bombings and military action. But they refuse to claim their constitutional role and take responsibility for sending American youth to die in the sands of a foreign desert." The Congressman noted: "A Kuwaiti newspaper said: 'The U.S. frightens us with Saddam to make us buy weapons and sign contracts with American companies, thus ensuring a market for American arms manufacturers and a continued American presence in the Middle East.' "

Abdussalom Choula, freelance writer, put it this way in the Chronicle's Open Forum: "For months the Clinton Administration has been shoring up international support to justify air strikes, while at home, the minds of the American people have been assaulted with the threat of anthrax and other deadly chemical and biological materials. One can picture the President's advisors whispering in his ear, 'Demonize Saddam beyond measure, drum up the public fear of nerve gas and you've got the strikes in the bag.' "

In this context, it is worth noting that shortly after Iraq's leader openly resisted UN inspections, the U.S. media created a nationwide anthrax scare on TV and the front pages. A week later, in small print on back pages, the news admitted the anthrax seized was a non-virulent strain commonly employed to produce vaccines for veterinary use in our animal industry.

A fax from ex-Attorney General Ramsey Clark's International Action Center reported on the latest U.S.-British missile onslaught on Iraq: "In recent days the government has finally admitted that it has manipulated the UN weapons inspections to carry out intelligence gathering by the CIA that was then used to help Pentagon planners map bombing targets in the December 16-19 attack. More than 1000 bombs and Cruise missiles were dropped on Baghdad, Basra and other cities. According to a UN assessment, the U.S.-British bombing in December destroyed or damaged 12 hospitals, a granary, a huge rice storage center in Baghdad, the principal oil-refining factory used for Iraq's domestic consumption, and other vital elements of Iraq's economic infrastructure necessary to sustain civilian life."

"The U.S. bombings of Iraq are a criminal act," stated Ramsey Clark. "They are part of a larger pattern of criminal conduct against the people of Iraq. Even without bombing, the U.S.-imposed economic sanctions take the lives of 6,000 Iraqis each and every month, most of them children.

The 1991 Gulf War had two objectives: To remove Saddam's forces from Kuwait and, more important, to reduce Iraq's living standard to that of a Third World country. President Bush accomplished both goals. In Iraq today the results of U.S.' and its allies' weapons of mass destruction are everywhere evident. The economy is in shambles, starvation is rampant particularly amongst the children. The December bombings added another nail to Iraq's coffin.

Professor of International Law Francis Boyle, along with a large group of historians, social scientists and others strongly oppose removing Bill Clinton from office for the offenses for which he is presently on trial before the Senate. Rather they urge his impeachment "for high crimes and misdemeanors and abuses of presidential power on the following grounds, pertaining to the bombings of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan:

"1. Violation of the War Powers Clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8)

"2. Violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 USCA Section 1541-1548. Section 2(c)

"3. Violation of the executive order prohibiting assassination or conspiracy to assassinate (Executive Order 12,333 Section 2-305. See also Army Field Manual 27-10, 1956)

"4. Violation of treaties (UN Charter) which are "the supreme law of the land (Article VI, Section 2)"

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