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[casi] Blair and Bush use UN fig leaves to hide their naked aggression against iraq

Press Release
Active Resistance to the Roots of War (ARROW)
22 September 2002
Contact: 0845 456 0282
0794 783 9992 (on the day)

Photo-Op: Blair & Bush
use 'UN fig leaves' to hide their
'naked' aggression against Iraq

Tuesday, September 24, 11.30am, outside Parliament: As MPs gather to debate
Iraq, an apparently nude Tony Blair and George Bush will appear outside the
House of Commons, their hands dripping with blood, attempting to hide their
'naked' aggression against Iraq  behind giant blue 'fig leaves' bearing the
letters 'UN'. Members of the anti-war group ARROW (Active Resistance to the
Roots of War) will also be present with a banner reading 'No UN fig leaf for
naked aggression'.

The US and British governments are currently pushing for a new UN resolution
that would authorise military action in the event of Iraqi noncompliance
with UN weapons inspectors. US Secretary of State Colin Powell has even
stated that America will block the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq
unless such a resolution is passed [1].

ARROW spokesperson Andrea Needham said 'Save the Children predict that
bombing Iraq will lead to a humanitarian disaster for ordinary Iraqis [2].
There is no evidence that Iraq currently possesses weapons of mass
destruction, or that it has links with al-Qa'ida. The UN - an organisation
supposedly established 'to save succeeding generations from the scourge of
war' [3] - must not allow itself to be used as the fig leaf for a criminal
act of aggression that will kill thousands of civilians'.

Contact 0845 456 0282/ 0794 783 9992
Photographers should meet ARROW members outside the Methodist Central Hall,
Westminster, at 11am.

[1] See eg. 'Bush fails to win Russian support for tough stance',
Independent, 21 September.
[2] According to Save the Children Fund UK 'Bombing Iraq would lead to a
humanitarian disaster for which the international community would bear a
heavy responsibility.' (Iraq Advocacy Strategy, March 2002). A new statement
regarding the potential humanitarian repercucssions of military action
against Iraq signed by several major NGOs, including SCF, will be released
tomorrow, Monday 23rd September. For more information contact SCF on Monday
on 07976 374 146  (Carolyne Culver).
[3] Charter of the United Nations, first sentence.

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