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Does anyone have any opinions on the boook 'Saddam's Bombmaker' by Khidir Hamza? ----- Original Message ----- From: "Milan Rai" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "Voices US" <email@example.com> Cc: "CASI list" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 4:14 PM Subject: State of the union speech > Dear all > > This is the full text of the State of the Union speech by President > Bush. > > Two especially interesting bits for us, I thought. > > 1) The Economy > Without economic revival, the humanitarian crisis cannot be > overcome. Without jobs, without wages in money that means > something, Iraqi families cannot care for their children. > > President Bush said, > > "Yet American workers want more than unemployment checks. They > want a steady paycheck. > (APPLAUSE) > When America works, America prospers, so my economic security > plan can be summed up in one word: jobs. > (APPLAUSE) > Good jobs begin with good schools, and here we've made a fine start." > > Iraq wants more than (inadequate) unemployment checks/rations. > > 2) Axis of evil > > Bush says, > > "Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support > terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas > and nuclear weapons for over a decade. > > This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands > of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their > dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections > then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to > hide from the civilized world. > > States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, > arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of > mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. > They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to > match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to > blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of > indifference would be catastrophic." > > I leave it to you to substitute comments regarding US weapons of > mass destruction programmes. > > Cheers > > Mil > > Milan Rai > Joint Coordinator, Voices in the Wilderness UK > > ********************** > Transcript of State of the Union Speech > > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- > srv/onpolitics/transcripts/sou012902.htm > > Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, > distinguished guests, fellow citizens, as we gather tonight, our nation is > at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces > unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our union has never been > stronger. > > (APPLAUSE) > > We last met in an hour of shock and suffering. In four short months, > our nation has comforted the victims, begun to rebuild New York and > the Pentagon, rallied a great coalition, captured, arrested and rid the > world of thousands of terrorists, destroyed Afghanistan's terrorist > training camps, saved a people from starvation and freed a country > from brutal oppression. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The American flag flies again over our embassy in Kabul. Terrorists > who once occupied Afghanistan now occupy cells at Guantanamo Bay. > > (APPLAUSE) > > And terrorist leaders who urged followers to sacrifice their lives are > running for their own. > > (APPLAUSE) > > America and Afghanistan are now allies against terror. We will be > partners in rebuilding that country. And this evening we welcomed > the distinguished interim leader of a liberated Afghanistan: Chairman > Hamid Karzai. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The last time we met in this chamber, the mothers and daughters of > Afghanistan were captives in their own homes, forbidden from > working or going to school. > > Today women are free, and are part of Afghanistan's new > government. And we welcome the new minister of women's affairs, > Dr. Sima Samar. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our progress is a tribute to the spirit of the Afghan people, to the > resolve of our coalition and to the might of the United States military. > > (APPLAUSE) > > When I called our troops into action, I did so with complete > confidence in their courage and skill. And tonight, thanks to them, we > are winning the war on terror. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The men and women of our armed forces have delivered a message > now clear to every enemy of the United States: Even 7,000 miles > away, across oceans and continents, on mountaintops and in caves you > will not escape the justice of this nation. > > (APPLAUSE) > > For many Americans, these four months have brought sorrow and > pain that will never completely go away. Every day a retired firefighter > returns to ground zero to feel closer to his two sons who died there. > > At a memorial in New York, a little boy left his football with a note for > his lost father: "Dear Daddy, please take this to Heaven. I don't want > to play football until I can play with you again someday." > > Last month, at the grave of her husband, Michael, a CIA officer and > Marine who died in Mazar-i-Sharif, Shannon Spann said these words > of farewell: "Semper fi, my love." > > Shannon is with us tonight. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Shannon, I assure you and all who have lost a loved one that our > cause is just, and our country will never forget the debt we owe > Michael and all who gave their lives for freedom. > > Our cause is just, and it continues. Our discoveries in Afghanistan > confirmed our worst fears and showed us the true scope of the task > ahead. We have seen the depth of our enemies' hatred in videos > where they laugh about the loss of innocent life. > > And the depth of their hatred is equaled by the madness of the > destruction they design. We have found diagrams of American > nuclear power plants and public water facilities, detailed instructions > for making chemical weapons, surveillance maps of American cities, > and thorough descriptions of landmarks in America and throughout > the world. > > What we have found in Afghanistan confirms that, far from ending > there, our war against terror is only beginning. Most of the 19 men > who hijacked planes on September the 11th were trained in > Afghanistan's camps. And so were tens of thousands of others. > Thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder, > often supported by outlaw regimes, are now spread throughout the > world like ticking time bombs, set to go off without warning. > > Thanks to the work of our law enforcement officials and coalition > partners, hundreds of terrorists have been arrested, yet tens of > thousands of trained terrorists are still at large. These enemies view > the entire world as a battlefield, and we must pursue them wherever > they are. > > (APPLAUSE) > > So long as training camps operate, so long as nations harbor > terrorists, freedom is at risk and America and our allies must not, and > will not, allow it. Our nation... > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our nation will continue to be steadfast, and patient and persistent in > the pursuit of two great objectives. First, we will shut down terrorist > camps, disrupt terrorist plans and bring terrorists to justice. > > And second, we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek > chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United > States and the world. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of > business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist > underworld -- including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad > and Jaish-i-Mohammed -- operates in remote jungles and deserts, and > hides in the centers of large cities. > > While the most visible military action is in Afghanistan, America is > acting elsewhere. > > We now have troops in the Philippines helping to train that country's > armed forces to go after terrorist cells that have executed an > American and still hold hostages. > > Our soldiers, working with the Bosnian government, seized terrorists > who were plotting to bomb our embassy. > > Our Navy is patrolling the coast of Africa to block the shipment of > weapons and the establishment of terrorist camps in Somalia. > > My hope is that all nations will heed our call and eliminate the > terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. > > Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on > terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. > > (APPLAUSE) > > But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make > no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from > threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass > destruction. > > Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September 11, > but we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with > missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens. > > Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an > unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom. > > Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support > terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas > and nuclear weapons for over a decade. > > This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands > of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their > dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections > then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to > hide from the civilized world. > > States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, > arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of > mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. > They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to > match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to > blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of > indifference would be catastrophic. > > We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their > state sponsors the materials, technology and expertise to make and > deliver weapons of mass destruction. > > We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect > America and our allies from sudden attack. > > (APPLAUSE) > > And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to > ensure our nation's security. > > We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on > events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer > and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's > most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most > destructive weapons. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign > may not be finished on our watch, yet it must be and it will be waged > on our watch. > > We can't stop short. If we stopped now, leaving terror camps intact > and terror states unchecked, our sense of security would be false and > temporary. History has called America and our allies to action, and it > is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Our first priority must always be the security of our nation, and that > will be reflected in the budget I send to Congress. My budget > supports three great goals for America: We will win this war, we will > protect our homeland, and we will revive our economy. > > September 11 brought out the best in America and the best in this > Congress, and I join the American people in applauding your unity > and resolve. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Now Americans deserve to have this same spirit directed toward > addressing problems here at home. > > I am a proud member of my party. Yet as we act to win the war, > protect our people and create jobs in America, we must act first and > foremost not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans. > > (APPLAUSE) > > It costs a lot to fight this war. We have spent more than a billion > dollars a month -- over $30 million a day -- and we must be prepared > for future operations. Afghanistan proved that expensive precision > weapons defeat the enemy and spare innocent lives, and we need > more of them. We need to replace aging aircraft and make our > military more agile to put our troops anywhere in the world quickly > and safely. > > Our men and women in uniform deserve the best weapons, the best > equipment and the best training and they also deserve another pay > raise. > > (APPLAUSE) > > My budget includes the largest increase in defense spending in two > decades, because while the price of freedom and security is high, it is > never too high. Whatever it costs to defend our country, we will pay. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The next priority of my budget is to do everything possible to protect > our citizens and strengthen our nation against the ongoing threat of > another attack. > > Time and distance from the events of September the 11th will not > make us safer unless we act on its lessons. America is no longer > protected by vast oceans. We are protected from attack only by > vigorous action abroad and increased vigilance at home. > > My budget nearly doubles funding for a sustained strategy of > homeland security, focused on four key areas: bioterrorism, > emergency response, airport and border security, and improved > intelligence. > > We will develop vaccines to fight anthrax and other deadly diseases. > We'll increase funding to help states and communities train and equip > our heroic police and firefighters. > > (APPLAUSE) > > We will improve intelligence collection and sharing, expand patrols at > our borders, strengthen the security of air travel, and use technology > to track the arrivals and departures of visitors to the United States. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Homeland security will make America not only stronger but in many > ways better. Knowledge gained from bioterrorism research will > improve public health. Stronger police and fire departments will mean > safer neighborhoods. > > Stricter border enforcement will help combat illegal drugs. > > (APPLAUSE) > > And as government works to better secure our homeland, America > will continue to depend on the eyes and ears of alert citizens. > > A few days before Christmas, an airline flight attendant spotted a > passenger lighting a match. The crew and passengers quickly subdued > the man, who had been trained by Al Qaeda and was armed with > explosives. The people on that airplane were alert, and as a result > likely saved nearly 200 lives. And tonight we welcome and thank flight > attendants Hermis Moutardier and Christina Jones. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Once we have funded our national security and our homeland > security, the final great priority of my budget is economic security for > the American people. > > (APPLAUSE) > > To achieve these great national objectives -- to win the war, protect > the homeland and revitalize our economy -- our budget will run a > deficit that will be small and short term so long as Congress restrains > spending and acts in a fiscally responsible way. > > (APPLAUSE) > > We have clear priorities and we must act at home with the same > purpose and resolve we have shown overseas. We will prevail in the > war, and we will defeat this recession. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Americans who have lost their jobs need our help, and I support > extending unemployment benefits and direct assistance for health > care coverage. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Yet American workers want more than unemployment checks. They > want a steady paycheck. > > (APPLAUSE) > > When America works, America prospers, so my economic security > plan can be summed up in one word: jobs. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Good jobs begin with good schools, and here we've made a fine start. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Republicans and Democrats worked together to achieve historic > education reform so that no child is left behind. > > (APPLAUSE) > > I was proud to work with members of both parties, Chairman John > Boehner and Congressman George Miller... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... Senator Judd Gregg. > > (APPLAUSE) > > And I was so proud of our work I even had nice things to say about > my friend Ted Kennedy. > > (APPLAUSE) > > I know the folks at the Crawford coffee shop couldn't believe I'd say > such a thing. But our work on this bill shows what is possible if we set > aside posturing and focus on results. > > (APPLAUSE) > > There's more to do. We need to prepare our children to read and > succeed in school with improved Head Start and early childhood > development programs. > > (APPLAUSE) > > We must upgrade our teacher colleges and teacher training and > launch a major recruiting drive with a great goal for America: a quality > teacher in every classroom. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Good jobs also depend on reliable and affordable energy. This > Congress must act to encourage conservation, promote technology, > build infrastructure, and it must act to increase energy production at > home so America is less dependent on foreign oil. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Good jobs depend on expanded trade. Selling into new markets > creates new jobs, so I ask Congress to finally approve trade > promotion authority. > > (APPLAUSE) > > On these two key issues, trade and energy, the House of > Representatives has acted to create jobs and I urge the Senate to pass > this legislation. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Good jobs depend on sound tax policy. Last year, some in this hall > thought my tax relief plan was too small, some thought it was too big. > > (APPLAUSE) > > But when those checks arrived in the mail, most Americans thought > tax relief was just about right. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Congress listened to the people and responded by reducing tax rates, > doubling the child credit and ending the death tax. For the sake of > long-term growth, and to help Americans plan for the future, let's > make these tax cuts permanent. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The way out of this recession, the way to create jobs, is to grow the > economy by encouraging investment in factories and equipment, and > by speeding up tax relief so people have more money to spend. > > For the sake of American workers, let's pass a stimulus package. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Good jobs must be the aim of welfare reform. As we reauthorize > these important reforms, we must always remember: The goal is to > reduce dependency on government and offer every American the > dignity of a job. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Americans know economic security can vanish in an instant without > health security. I ask Congress to join me this year to enact a patients' > bill of rights... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... to give uninsured workers credits to help buy health coverage,... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... to approve an historic increase in spending for veterans' health... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... and to give seniors a sound and modern Medicare system that > includes coverage for prescription drugs. > > (APPLAUSE) > > A good jobs -- a good job should lead to security in retirement. I ask > Congress to enact new safeguards for 401(k) and pension plans. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Employees who have worked hard and saved all their lives should not > have to risk losing everything if their company fails. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Through stricter accounting standards and tougher disclosure > requirements, corporate America must be made more accountable to > employees and shareholders and held to the highest standards of > conduct. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Retirement security also depends upon keeping the commitments of > Social Security, and we will. We must make Social Security financially > stable and allow personal retirement accounts for younger workers > who choose them. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Members, you and I will work together in the months ahead on other > issues: productive farm policy... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... a cleaner environment... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... broader home ownership, especially among minorities... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... and ways to encourage the good work of charities and faith- based > groups. > > (APPLAUSE) > > I ask you to join me on these important domestic issues in the same > spirit of cooperation we have applied to our war against terrorism. > > (APPLAUSE) > > During these last few months, I've been humbled and privileged to see > the true character of this country in a time of testing. Our enemies > believed America was weak and materialistic, that we would splinter > in fear and selfishness. They were as wrong as they are evil. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The American people have responded magnificently, with courage > and compassion, strength and resolve. As I have met the heroes, > hugged the families and looked into the tired faces of rescuers, I have > stood in awe of the American people. > > And I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to one American for > the strength and calm and comfort she brings to our nation in crisis: > our first lady, Laura Bush. > > (APPLAUSE) > > None of us would ever wish the evil that was done on September the > 11th, yet after America was attacked, it was as if our entire country > looked into a mirror and saw our better selves. We were reminded > that we are citizens with obligations to each other, to our country, > and to history. We began to think less of the goods we can > accumulate, and more about the good we can do. > > For too long our culture has said, "If it feels good, do it." Now > America is embracing a new ethic and a new creed: "Let's roll." > > (APPLAUSE) > > In the sacrifice of soldiers, the fierce brotherhood of firefighters, and > the bravery and generosity of ordinary citizens, we have glimpsed > what a new culture of responsibility could look like. We want to be a > nation that serves goals larger than self. We have been offered a > unique opportunity, and we must not let this moment pass. > > (APPLAUSE) > > My call tonight is for every American to commit at least two years -- > 4,000 hours -- over the rest of your lifetime to the service of your > neighbors and your nation. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Many are already serving, and I thank you. If you aren't sure how to > help, I've got a good place to start. To sustain and extend the best that > has emerged in America, I invite you to join the new USA Freedom > Corps. The Freedom Corps will focus on three areas of need: > responding in case of crisis at home, rebuilding our communities, and > extending American compassion throughout the world. > > One purpose of the USA Freedom Corps will be homeland security. > America needs retired doctors and nurses who can be mobilized in > major emergencies, volunteers to help police and fire departments, > transportation and utility workers well trained in spotting danger. > > Our country also needs citizens working to rebuild our communities. > We need mentors to love children, especially children whose parents > are in prison. And we need more talented teachers in troubled > schools. > USA Freedom Corps will expand and improve the good efforts of > AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to recruit more than 200,000 new > volunteers. > > And America needs citizens to extend the compassion of our country > to every part of the world, so we will renew the promise of the Peace > Corps, double its volunteers over the next five years... > > (APPLAUSE) > > ... and ask it to join a new effort to encourage development and > education and opportunity in the Islamic world. > > (APPLAUSE) > > This time of adversity offers a unique moment of opportunity, a > moment we must seize to change our culture. Through the gathering > momentum of millions of acts of service and decency and kindness, I > know we can overcome evil with greater good. > > (APPLAUSE) > > And we have a great opportunity during this time of war to lead the > world toward the values that will bring lasting peace. All fathers and > mothers, in all societies, want their children to be educated and live > free from poverty and violence. > > No people on Earth yearn to be oppressed or aspire to servitude or > eagerly await the midnight knock of the secret police. > > If anyone doubts this, let them look to Afghanistan, where the Islamic > street greeted the fall of tyranny with song and celebration. Let the > skeptics look to Islam's own rich history, with its centuries of learning > and tolerance and progress. > > America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are > right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere. > > (APPLAUSE) > > No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from > them. We have no intention of imposing our culture, but America will > always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity: > the rule of law, limits on the power of the state, respect for women, > private property, free speech, equal justice and religious tolerance. > > (APPLAUSE) > > America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate > these values around the world -- including the Islamic world -- > because we have a greater objective than eliminating threats and > containing resentment. > > We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror. > > In this moment of opportunity, a common danger is erasing old > rivalries. America is working with Russia, and China and India in ways > we never have before to achieve peace and prosperity. In every > > region, free markets and free trade and free societies are proving > their power to lift lives. Together with friends and allies from > > Europe to Asia, and Africa to Latin America, we will demonstrate that > the forces of terror cannot stop the momentum of freedom. > > (APPLAUSE) > > The last time I spoke here, I expressed the hope that life would > return to normal. > > In some ways it has. In others it never will. > > Those of us who have lived through these challenging times have been > changed by them. We've come to know truths that we will never > > question: Evil is real, and it must be opposed. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Beyond all differences of race or creed, we are one country, > mourning together and facing danger together. > > Deep in the American character there is honor, and it is stronger > than cynicism. And many have discovered again that even in tragedy -- > especially in tragedy -- God is near. > > (APPLAUSE) > > In a single instant, we realized that this will be a decisive decade in the > history of liberty; that we have been called to a unique role in human > events. Rarely has the world faced a choice more clear or > consequential. > > Our enemies send other people's children on missions of suicide and > murder. They embrace tyranny and death as a cause and a creed. We > stand for a different choice, made long ago, on the day of our > founding. We affirm it again today. We choose freedom and the > dignity of every life. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Steadfast in our purpose, we now press on. We have known > freedom's price. We have shown freedom's power. And in this great > conflict, my fellow Americans, we will see freedom's victory. > > (APPLAUSE) > > Thank you all and may God bless. > > (APPLAUSE) > > ENDS > > Milan Rai > Joint Coordinator, Voices in the Wilderness UK > email@example.com > 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea East Sussex UK TN38 0HE > Phone/fax 0845 458 9571 local rate within UK > Phone/fax 44 1424 428 792 from outside UK > Pager 07623 746 462 > Voices website http://www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk > > > > -- > ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq > For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org > CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings. > -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.