February 2006: This opinion was first published here in February 2003 before the U.S. and U.K. invaded of Iraq.
The war continues three years later with the Allies in occupation, and each day seems to validate the views expressed before it all started.
For this reason, I have decided not to remove it even though events have progressed ...
I try to remain publicly
silent about emotive world issues because we all have our own opinions
on the pros and cons of each situation. Up until now I have resisted
the urge to comment regarding the question of war between the United
States (with Allies) and Iraq.
I am against violence
and against war, so my opinion is unlikely to be a surprise to anyone.
I do not know if there is ever a good enough reason for one country
to go to war against another, but war should certainly never be considered
as anything other than a last resort. Based on the evidence, there
is not a good enough reason right now to attack Iraq.
The principles that
the United States holds dear and the ideals that Americans continue
to live and die for are truly a shining example to the world.
Despite this, the
United States government seems determined to propel the world into
war for what looks more and more like the annexation of the Iraqi oil
The bullying and
cajoling of smaller nations to add their support, together with recent
vague and unsubstantiated hints of terrorist links, specifically designed
to push the buttons of an American public still recovering from September
11, in my view, betrays the legacy of the great people who made the
United States the true leader it should be today.
The rhetoric around the term ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and
the threat to world peace is ridiculous. If we were really concerned about
world peace and weapons of mass destruction, North Korea and Pakistan would
be better targets, not to mention Israel – except that the first has
nothing that the US government wants and the other two are currently friends
of the American government.
Even the American
President has admitted that Iraq is no threat to the US, except that
they might at some point in the future harbor terrorists. No evidence
has been presented that they ever had or ever will do this.
The argument has
been made that biological and chemical weapons may be used against
Iraqi opponents of Saddam Hussein. This may be true. It has apparently
happened before, and the democratic world sat back and did nothing
The US President
has stated many times that his military adventures are “just” and “to
bring peace”. He has indicated that he is doing God’s work.
Yeah, like God would ask him to kill and maim innocent civilians!
Killing is never
just, it will not bring peace, and there is no God I know of that would
require the strongest, most powerful nation in the world to attack
civilians. If there is war, it will undoubtedly sow the seeds for a
new generation of anti-American terrorists and serve to perpetuate
We should learn from
the never-ending conflict between Israel and Palestine, India and Pakistan.
We don’t need a pissing contest. We don’t need an avenging
zealot to remove the heathen enemy.
What we need, are
clear-headed statesmen with resolve to find peaceful solutions.