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News, 11-18/10/02 (1) THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS * Turkish doctors stage strike in protest of US war on Iraq * Dozens Arrested in San Francisco Anti-War Protest * Thousands in Paris Protest Iraq War * 30,000 rally against war with Iraq * Opposition over Iraq takes rise via the Net * Actor Sean Penn Lashes Bush Over Iraq War Drums FORCES OF DARKNESS * Rumsfeld's makes military guidelines for Iraq * Bush's Road to War on Iraq Leads to Rome's Empire, and Its Downfall * Wolfowitz Rebuts Concerns About War Against Saddam UNITED KINGDOM * Cook Gives Pledge on Iraq Vote WORLD * Action Against Iraq Must Be Based On Evidence - Najib * Mahathir warns attack on Iraq could lead to N-terrorism * 'Paying price' for Iraq policy * Malaysia calls for urgent OIC meeting on Iraq * Iraq keen to buy 0.5m tons more wheat * Church head blames bombing on Australia's stance on Iraq THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2002-10/12/content_594303.htm * TURKISH DOCTORS STAGE STRIKE IN PROTEST OF US WAR ON IRAQ ANKARA, Oct. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Dozens of Turkish doctors staged a strike in Istanbul on Saturday in protest against a possible US military operation on Iraq, reported the Anatolian News Agency. The demonstrators from the Istanbul Doctors Union shouted anti-US slogans and carried banners saying "war is harmful to health," and "we don't have doctors sent to war." Speaking on behalf of the group, Gencay Gursoy, chairman of the union, defended the view that the United States ignored universal human rights, the international law and UN resolutions. He noted that doctors attribute greatly to human life and they reject a possible operation against Iraq. The strike has ended peacefully with no police intervention. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20021011/ts_nm/iraq_usa_pr otest_dc_1 * DOZENS ARRESTED IN SAN FRANCISCO ANTI-WAR PROTEST Yahoo, 12th October SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than 40 people were arrested on Friday after protesters blocked entrances to the federal building in San Francisco in a noisy demonstration against a possible U.S. war against Iraq. About 500 protesters gathered at the federal building Thursday evening, shortly after Congress approved a measure giving President Bush authority to use military force against Iraq. After a night-long vigil, the protesters organized a sit-in to block entrances to the building, chanting "No War in Iraq," beating drums, handing out fliers and blocking federal workers from reaching their jobs. Scuffles erupted as federal workers sought to clamber over the protesters to get into the building. Federal police arrested 46 people, most of whom were subsequently cited and released. However two protesters were later charged with felony assault after allegedly kicking an assistant U.S. attorney and a court security officer, according to Esther Timberlake, a spokeswoman for Federal Protective Services. The protest, the latest in a series of anti-war actions to take place in traditionally liberal San Francisco, then moved to the local office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who broke ranks with many other California Democrats in Congress and supported the measure backing possible action against Iraq. "The only reason we're going to war with Iraq is because of their oil," Ruth Coffey, a protester sporting an elaborate mohawk hair-do, told a television reporter. "We're going to kill millions and millions of innocent kids. Lots of people are going to die because of his (Bush') oil lust," Coffey said. San Francisco police said that one protester was detained outside Feinstein's office in downtown San Francisco. http://cgi.wn.com/?action=display&article=16174978&template=baghdad/indexsea rch.txt&index=recent * THOUSANDS IN PARIS PROTEST IRAQ WAR Associated Press, 13th October PARIS: Several thousand anti-war activists chanted "no blood for oil" as they marched through Paris on Saturday to protest possible military action against Iraq. Amid a heavy police presence, demonstrators carried a large banner that read "No to war in Iraq, justice and peace in the Middle East," as they made their way from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation, in eastern Paris. Police said 6,000 people took part in the protest, organized by human rights groups, trade unions and leftist political parties. Smaller demonstrations were staged in some 30 other cities across France. Some 300 people took the streets of Lyon, while 200 turned out in Marseille, police said. Though the protests were the biggest in France so far, turnout was low compared to the 150,000 people who marched through central London two weeks ago urging the United States and Britain not to invade Iraq. Green Party lawmaker Noel Mamere told reporters he hoped Saturday's demonstration would "help those in the United States who are criticizing the policies of (President) Bush." "We know this is an oil war and that the main aim of this war is to control the bulk of this planet's petroleum resources, which America needs to maintain its economic development," added Mamere, a former French presidential candidate. Some protesters also carried Palestinian flags and denounced Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a joint statement issued Thursday, the organizers warned "this war will be synonymous with a veritable disaster for the Iraqi and Kurdish people and for all the populations in the Middle East." They urged participants to pressure France to use its veto at the U.N. Security Council to help thwart U.S.-led efforts to wage war on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime. The protests came after the U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force if necessary to compel Iraq to get rid of its biological and chemical weapons and disband its nuclear weapons program. France has been a strident opponent of unilateral U.S. action against Iraq, and has fought against a U.S. proposal for a single U.N. Security Council resolution threatening war unless Iraq cooperates with weapons inspectors. Instead, France says war should be the last option. Paris favors a two-resolution approach: one resolution would demand the return of weapons inspectors, and a second addressing the use of force would be considered only if Iraq fails to comply. On Friday, Defense Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie said evidence of terrorism in an explosion on a French oil tanker in Yemen would not change France's more cautious stance. http://www.dailytelegraph.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,5279855%255E4 21,00.html * 30,000 RALLY AGAINST WAR WITH IRAQ Daily Telegraph (Australia), 13th October MORE than 30,000 people packed the streets of inner Melbourne to protest against Australia's involvement in any war with Iraq. Speakers expressed sympathy for victims of the Bali terrorist attacks, saying the tragedy reinforced the need for a different approach to conflict resolution rather than further violence and war. Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Leigh Hubbard said the need for peace was never more evident than today, and rejected plans by United States President George W Bush to launch an attack on Iraq. "This attack will be a slaughter and a war crime regardless of whether or not it has United Nations backing," Mr Hubbard told the rally. "It's not about weapons of mass destruction, it's not about human rights. "It's about strategic interests, it's about oil." Victorian Council of Churches spokeswoman Maureen Postma (Postma) said all faith communities were opposed to war. "We want justice and peace for all," Ms Postma said. "This war is immoral and people of all faith are opposed." Organisers said another rally would take place in about six weeks time as part of a national day of action. http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/287/metro/Opposition_over_Iraq_takes_rise_ via_the_Net+.shtml * OPPOSITION OVER IRAQ TAKES RISE VIA THE NET by Farah Stockman Boston Globe, 14th October As Congress prepared to pass a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq last week, college campuses were quiet and just a few dozen peace demonstrators stood with signs outside Senator John Kerry's Boston office. Yet on Amy Hendrickson's computer, a movement was brewing. "I get 600 e-mails a day," said Hendrickson, a Brookline software consultant who works from home. "These days, I spend 10 to 12 hours a day on the computer." When tens of thousands of people came out on Oct. 6 to protest US policy on Iraq, the seeds of action had been sown not on college campuses, which had their own, much smaller protests last Monday, but on the computer desktops of people like Hendrickson, 58. From her living room, she helped organize simultaneous protests in 14 countries, including Japan, Bangladesh, Germany, Austria, Australia, India, and Nepal. This year, for the first time since the advent of the Internet, Americans are engaging in public debate about whether to go to war, and a great deal of the opposition has coalesced online. The ease of electronic communication allows like-minded people to sign petitions and coordinate protests far more easily than they could in the 1960s, or even a decade ago during the Gulf War. But it also raises a question: Can a movement with no physical center and no pen-and-ink signatures really have a political impact? "The Internet makes the potential for protest much more vast, but at the same time much more elusive," said Timothy McCarthy, a faculty activist at Harvard University who teaches in the history and literature department. "You can sign an e-mail protest, but you can't engage in civil disobedience on the Internet." Hendrickson's sons were young when the Vietnam War broke out in the 1960s, so she watched the peace protests from afar and did not become an activist herself. But earlier this year, she became part of an e-mail group discussing newspaper articles about the war on terrorism. The articles she read made her increasingly alarmed with the Bush administration's policies, so she signed her name on Internet petitions and wrote peace groups offering her help. She got a message back from Not In Our Name, a New York-based peace group that asked her to get the word out in Boston about the Oct. 6 protest. Not In Our Name is, in many ways, typical of the groups protesting the White House stance on Iraq. Formed eight months ago by veteran peace activists worried about the direction the war on terror was taking, it gained sudden momentum when the Bush administration turned its attention to Saddam Hussein. The group picked up celebrity endorsements from actress Susan Sarandon, radio emcee Casey Kasem, hip-hop musician Mos Def, playwright Tony Kushner, and authors Alice Walker and Kurt Vonnegut, among others, who signed a call to resist the government's policy of "military coercion" and published it in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times. Hendrickson joined the movement alone, in a living room cluttered with Mexican tapestries, wind chimes, origami peace cranes, and foot-high stacks of books on computer programs. On her own, she decided to send more than 1,000 e-mails to peace groups she found on the Internet around the world, inviting them to demonstrate alongside protesters in the United States by holding protests outside US embassies at noon. People at Not In Our Name discouraged her, Hendrickson said, saying the group wanted to focus on Americans. But she pressed on anyway, with e-mails that suggested slogans and possible demands on the US government, as well as a copy of Not In Our Name's resistance pledge, which is translated into 12 languages on the group's Web site. "Help launch the first World Wide Peace Demonstration!" she wrote, calling on them to "protest current US policies." A few days later, the first message came back, from Dhaka, Bangladesh. "They said, 'We'll be demonstrating with you,"' she said. "That first [e-mail response] was a hell of a kick." Next came a missive from Nepal. "Dear Peacefriends," it read. Then Manila ("Dear comrades") and Berlin ("Hi peace-loving Americans!") and "Hello from Helsinki, Finland." In all, people in more than 14 cities wrote back that, in groups large and small, they had demonstrated. Some sent e-mail pictures to prove it. "Part of the promise of the Net is that people can communicate unmediated," Hendrickson said. "It's people to people, not from one government to the other." Boston did not host a protest of its own. Hendrickson handed out thousands of flyers inviting Bostonians to the rally in New York and she helped gather a group of about 40 people to travel to New York, where an estimated 10,000 people crowded Central Park in what is believed to be the largest-yet protest against military action in Iraq. At least 20,000 more demonstrated in Los Angles, San Francisco, and Seattle, according to Not In Our Name and newspaper estimates. And thousands of others gathered in smaller cities across the country, using kits downloaded from Not In Our Name's Web site. Several petitions opposing the war are also circulating, including an open letter on www.noattackiraq.org, signed by more than 19,000 faculty and students around the United States, and a peace pledge by American Friends Service Committee that has gathered 50,000 signatures. In the last week, Kerry's office says, it has received more than 20,000 e-mails about Iraq - most of them against US military action, said Kyle Sullivan, a spokesman for the senator. Kerry went the other way - deciding to vote in favor of a resolution authorizing the use of force. For Hendrickson, who rarely travels but makes her living sending tech support e-mails to strangers worldwide, there is nothing strange about engineering a peace movement from her Hotmail account with people who will never meet each other. "I don't think it's different from any political movement," she said. "You're trying to reach out to people who share the same point of view." Apart from Hendrickson's efforts, bizarre, unconfirmable e-mails are still rolling in: Scientists at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica said they took the pledge, and even 100 people in Phnom Penh in Cambodia took it. "We think they are Americans living there," said Mary Lou Greenberg, a volunteer at Not In Our Name's New York headquarters who was trying to tally the total number of participants. "We don't know for sure." http://ca.news.yahoo.com/021018/5/pnvw.html * ACTOR SEAN PENN LASHES BUSH OVER IRAQ WAR DRUMS Yahoo, 18th October WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Actor Sean Penn on Friday weighed in on the international debate over a possible war with Iraq, paying for a $56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post accusing U.S. President George W. Bush of stifling debate and threatening civil liberties. In an open letter to Bush taking up most of a page in the main section of the daily newspaper, the Oscar-nominated star of "I Am Sam" and "Dead Man Walking," urged the president to stop a cycle where "bombing is answered by bombing, mutilation by mutilation, killing by killing." "I beg you, help save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror," Penn wrote, echoing voices of caution from around the world that have called for a measured response to allegations Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction. The letter was signed "Sincerely, Sean Penn, San Francisco, California." A spokesman for the Washington Post confirmed that it was placed by the Hollywood celebrity who has starred in more than 40 movies. Quoting Bush's declaration that the world was either "with us or against us" in the war on terrorism launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Penn, 42, said Bush was marginalizing critics, manipulating the media and promoting fear. Those actions and "your administration's deconstruction of civil liberties all contradict the very core of the patriotism you claim," wrote Penn, who is married to actress Robin Wright Penn, and was formerly married to pop star Madonna. "Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine," he said. FORCES OF DARKNESS http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/nation/1616126 * RUMSFELD'S MAKES MILITARY GUIDELINES FOR IRAQ Houston Chronicle, from New York Times, 13th October WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a personal set of guidelines for committing forces to combat, wrote that America's leaders must quickly judge when diplomacy has failed, then "act forcefully, early, during the pre-crisis period" to foil an adversary's plans and prevent war. If those actions fall short, America must be "willing and prepared to act decisively to use the force necessary to prevail, plus some," he wrote. Rumsfeld's memorandum, written in March 2001 but updated as recently as this weekend, said the nation's leaders must never "dumb down" a mission to gain support from the public, Congress, the United Nations or allies. In particular, he wrote, leaders must avoid "promising not to do things (i.e., not to use ground forces, not to bomb below 20,000 feet, not to risk U.S. lives, not to permit collateral damage, not to bomb during Ramadan, etc.)." Such pledges simplify planning for a foe, he wrote, just as artificial deadlines for American withdrawal allow an enemy to "simply wait us out." The Rumsfeld guidelines both echo and refine military thinking set down in past years by Caspar Weinberger, President Reagan's defense secretary, and by Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the first President Bush and secretary of state for the second. For example, Rumsfeld wrote that American lives should be risked only when a clear national interest is at stake, when the mission is achievable, when all required resources are committed for the duration of combat -- and only after the nation's leadership has marshaled public support. But the Rumsfeld guidelines can be read as diverging from eight years of Clinton administration policy. During those years, the armed forces were assigned a number of missions -- from Haiti to Somalia to Bosnia to Kosovo -- that critics, often Republicans, said risked American lives for humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and democracy-building efforts that had less clear benefit for American national security. An early draft of the memo was obtained over the summer, but under strict ground rules set by the person who provided the memo; it was meant for informational purposes only and could not be published. Repeated requests for Rumsfeld to discuss his thinking were made in the intervening months, and he agreed this weekend to provide the current version of his guidelines. Shortly after being sworn in as defense secretary for President Bush, "I sat down and I said, 'You better have a damn good reason if you're going to put somebody's life at risk. What ought we be thinking about?'" http://www.sltrib.com/10132002/commenta/6344.htm * BUSH'S ROAD TO WAR ON IRAQ LEADS TO ROME'S EMPIRE, AND ITS DOWNFALL by Ira Chern Salt Lake Tribune, 13th October For the Bush administration, the road of public policy leads to Rome. That's nothing new in U.S. history. Americans of the 19th century often pointed to the Roman republic as the model for our own rights and freedoms. But President Bush would have us emulate the Roman empire, creating world order by giving orders around the world. The fall of the twin towers in New York gave a tremendous boost to the advocates of empire within the administration. They sealed their victory in the president's recent report on "The National Security Strategy of the United States." Now, like Romans sending warriors to distant provinces, they want to take us to war against Iraq. But a policy of war and empire will only bring us the fate the Romans suffered: more enemies and more attacks upon our own soil. When the president declared war on terrorism a year ago, he spoke in the language of the Roman republic. He praised "our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." He urged us to wage "civilization's fight" against the "enemies of freedom," leaving no doubt that those enemies are barbarians. Cicero, the eloquent Latin champion of the republic's virtues, could hardly have said it better. But the "National Security Strategy" turns these words into an excuse for empire. It insists that our nation's "values of freedom are right and true for every person, in every society . . .the birthright of every person -- in every civilization." Since any other way of life is apparently uncivilized barbarism, we have the right and the duty, "to bring democracy . . . to every corner of the world." It sounds like everyone will have to embrace our kind of freedom, like it or not. That is the way of empire. In the administration's policy, our kind of freedom includes not only human rights and voting rights, but private property rights. "Free markets and free trade are key priorities of our national security strategy." So we must also bring "development, free markets, and free trade to every corner of the world." Why? Because, in the document's words, "Democracy and economic openness . . . are the best foundations for domestic stability and international order." Like the Romans and all empire-builders, the Bush team dreams of uniting all lands in one predictable, orderly, controllable political and economic structure. The problem of every empire is, and always has been, how to spread order and maintain control. "The National Security Strategy" relies on the Roman approach: overwhelming military force. It is now official U.S. policy "to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States." As Iraq already knows and may soon learn even more bitterly, we dissuade our enemies much the same way the Romans did, when they turned Carthage back into a desert. "To forestall or prevent hostile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary, act preemptively," the Bush document announces. Our enemies need not attack us. They need only arouse our suspicion that some day they might get too strong. Then they can be targets of a preemptive strike -- as the example of Iraq clearly shows. That's the stern mettle of which empires are made. And unmade. The Roman empire faced constant rebellions on its borders. Rebellions were inevitable. Like most imperialists, the Romans believed they were forging a "uniquely benign imperium" (as columnist Charles Krauthammer now describes the United States). But out in Rome's provinces, where everyone had to dance to the ruler's tune, the empire's efforts at order and control bred resentment. Even in tiny Judea, it took the Romans four long years to stamp out the revolt. In the end, the so-called barbarians destroyed Rome. That, too, was inevitable. Empires gain and keep power by spreading their advanced technology wherever they go. Eventually, their subjects always learn to use that technology against them. The barbarians had no trouble reaching Rome. They just used the excellent roads the Romans had paved for their own armies to travel. If war comes, Iraq will be using the computers and cell phones and radar it got from the United States to defend itself against attack from the United States. If the worst comes, it may also use the chemical and biological weapons it got from the United States. Some day, other nations may be tempted to turn against us the nuclear technology they imported from us. Resentment plus advanced technology is the eternal recipe for the end of empire. The Romans did themselves no favor in trading a republic for an empire. They hoped to preserve the republic's freedoms by imposing them violently on others. They learned that things just don't work that way. A war against Iraq would take us a fateful step down the same dangerous road. (Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a writer for the History News Service.) http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20021016/pl_nm/iraq_usa_wo lfowitz_dc_4 * WOLFOWITZ REBUTS CONCERNS ABOUT WAR AGAINST SADDAM by Carol Giacomo Yahoo, 16th October WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, a leading U.S. hawk, on Wednesday rebutted critics of military action against Iraq, asserting it is better for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s demise to occur "on the world's terms, not Saddam's." While stressing that President Bush (news - web sites) had made no decision about going to war, Wolfowitz made a vigorous case for U.S. action and insisted Washington "would not be hamstrung by the waverings of the weak or those (countries) who still hope to seek favors from the Baghdad regime." He spoke out in a lengthy speech to a conference organized by Tufts University's Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps. It occurred as debates raged -- within the Bush administration and within the U.N. Security Council -- over a new resolution aimed at forcing Iraq to disarm. Washington wants the United Nations (news - web sites) to authorize the use of force if Iraq fails to comply. France and Russia are resisting this, at least until after U.N. weapons inspectors have a chance to return to Baghdad after a four-year hiatus. Support for the French-Russian position appeared to be growing, as manifest by a U.N. debate on Wednesday in which countries warned the U.S. against military action before U.N. monitors resume their inspections. In his speech, Wolfowitz argued that "the fundamental question is how to weigh the risks of actions versus the risks of inaction." He acknowledged there are many risks associated with the use of force against Iraq but said the suggestion that removing Saddam's regime would cause regional instability seems "exaggerated." Wolfowitz said that sooner or later the world will have to cope with Saddam's demise. "In the interests of minimizing whatever risks there are to larger regional stability, it would be far better for this enormous change to take place when the eyes of the world are upon Iraq and when the United States and a strong coalition are committed to seeing it through to a successful conclusion," he said. "In short, to take place on the world's terms, not on Saddam's or on some fateful roll of the dice," he added. Wolfowitz dismissed skeptics who say an attack on Iraq would disrupt the U.S. war on terror. "It is hard to see how we can expect to be successful in the long run (in the anti-terror war) if we leave Iraq as a sanctuary for terrorists and its murderous dictator in defiant safety," he said. To those who argue the United States should wait until the threat from Saddam is imminent, Wolfowitz countered that "the notion that we can wait until the threat is imminent assumes that we will know when it is imminent." Noting that no one knew the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were imminent before they happened, he said the world "cannot afford to wait until Saddam or a terrorist supplied by him attacks us with a chemical, biological or ... nuclear weapons to recognize the danger that we face." Reacting to concerns that the U.S. might act alone against Saddam, Wolfowitz insisted "we do not plan to act unilaterally" and said some countries have indicated they will be part of a U.S.-led coalition with or without a U.N. resolution. Other countries directly threatened by Iraq will not openly back the U.S. until they are certain Washington will act and "that is why American resolve and determination to act -- not to be hamstrung by the waverings of the weak or those who still hope to seek favors from the Baghdad regime -- is important to embolden others to join us," he said. Waiting for another time, when other crises have been resolved, is not an acceptable option, Wolfowitz said. "There will always be problems with acting at any time. But one thing we can say with certainty: the danger of acting grows with time because if military action against Saddam Hussein becomes necessary, the greatest danger will be his weapons of mass destruction." UNITED KINGDOM http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=5297266 * COOK GIVES PLEDGE ON IRAQ VOTE The Scotsman, 13th October Commons leader Robin Cook today confirmed that MPs would be able to vote on a substantive motion on policy towards Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Mr Cook said: "I've always argued that Parliament should have a vote or available to it a vote on a substantive motion and ... Jack Straw (Foreign Secretary) has now confirmed there would be such a substantive motion on which members can vote if they divide the House on it. "That's right, it's what has happened already in Congress (in the US). "I think the right timing for that is first to see what is decided in the Security Council and then to consider that resolution and how Parliament responds to it. "I think that it's very important that Parliament should be involved in discussions all the way through." WORLD http://www3.bernama.com/B2002/news.shtml?general/ge1210_21 * ACTION AGAINST IRAQ MUST BE BASED ON EVIDENCE - NAJIB Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency), 12th October KUALA PILAH: Any military action against Iraq, which the United States (US) claims of possessing nuclear arms, must be based on strong evidence, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "Currently, there is no evidence to convince Malaysia that military action should be taken against Iraq," he told reporters after officiating the Juasseh Family Day celebrations at Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Ja'afar here Saturday. He was asked to comment on the US Congress' decision yesterday which approved a resolution granting President George W. Bush the mandate for a military action against Iraq, in its bid to carry out a United Nations (UN) order. The order calls for President Saddam Hussein to abandon his programmes for biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, which Washington claims are produced by Iraq. Najib said an arms inspections against Iraq must be carried out prior to any action against the country. "Even then, the decision must based on whether Iraq does possess dangerous weapons as claimed by the US," said Najib. http://independent-bangladesh.com/news/oct/16/16102002ap.htm * MAHATHIR WARNS ATTACK ON IRAQ COULD LEAD TO N-TERRORISM Bangladeshi Independent, 16th October AFP, Kuala Lumpur, Oct 15: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed warned Tuesday that a US-led attack on Iraq could lead to escalating terrorism, perhaps even nuclear terrorism. Unilateral action and "the use of pre-emptive military power" would lead to a downward spiral in efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation, he told an International Nuclear Conference here. Mahathir did not name either country, but his remarks were a clear reference to US threats to attack Iraq on the grounds that it is developing weapons of mass destruction. There was a tendency for some countries to "unilaterally judge others" for developing or intending to develop nuclear weapons without considering the findings of multilateral agencies, Mahathir told some 200 delegates from more than 20 countries. "As a result of such a propensity to unilaterally act as an international prosecutor, judge and jury, there is also now a threat for these countries to launch pre-emptive military strikes on the nuclear facilities of the alleged proliferating states," he said. The Southeast Asian Muslim leader, who opposes any war against Iraq without UN support, said the war on terrorism served as a "convenient excuse" for such an attack. A "lack of clear moral standing" between such unilateral tendencies and efforts towards nuclear export control and disarmament would lead to a "downward spiral" in efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation. "More states will, understandably, feel threatened and be alarmed by such unilateralist actions as well as the use of pre-emptive military power," he said. "As a result, the radical and hard-line constituencies in the threatened states will grow and be emboldened with some probably even wishing to take matters into their own hands by resorting to acts of terrorism, perhaps even nuclear terrorism. "Even more dangerous is when the threatened states are those that are predominantly populated by people of a particular religious faith. "This will further lead to a perceived escalation in the victimisation of countries and people of that faith, following similar widespread perception in the context of the current global war on terrorism." Mahathir said nuclear terrorism was a new threat to the world, which was faced with the use of radioactive materials in so-called "dirty bombs" after the September 11 attacks on the United States. He noted there were reports that terrorists were trying to acquire nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. This was "unfortunate" because suspicions directed at some countries, particularly Muslim nations, would prevent them from having access to materials and technology for peaceful use, he said. "Already there is an attempt to inhibit peaceful nuclear cooperation among Middle Eastern states," he added. Mahathir called for an international dialogue to assess the threat of nuclear weapon proliferation, the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament and to avert any unilateralist action. The premier, a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, told a news conference later that there was "no pressure on Israel to do away with their nuclear weapons but there is so much pressure on other countries." If the United States was planning an attack based on the possibility of Iraq developing nuclear weapons, he said it should also attack Israel. "If you attack a country because of possibilities, then every country is going to be attacked. They should attack Israel," he added. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,5282774%255E17 02,00.html * 'PAYING PRICE' FOR IRAQ POLICY The Australian, 14th October AUSTRALIA was paying the price for its high profile in the campaign against Iraq with the Bali bombing, a former diplomat has said. South-East Asia specialist Bruce Haigh, who served as an Australian diplomat in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Indonesia, said the root cause of such terrorist attacks, however, was the US backing of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians. Prime Minister John Howard was being badly advised on Australia's approach to the Iraq situation, Mr Haigh told the Nine Network. He said Australia had been too vocal in its support of US threats to attack Iraq if it did not eradicate weapons of mass destruction. "Our Prime Minister should adopt a much lower profile; he's been beating a big drum on this issue," Mr Haigh said. He said the Government should look at Canada and other countries. "They're not making the sort of noises this Government's been making," he said. "Going to war against Iraq will not solve the problems which have arisen in Indonesia." At least 13 Australians are believed to be among the more than 180 people killed in two bomb blasts at Bali's Kuta Beach on Saturday night. On responsibility for the attack, Mr Haigh said elements in the Indonesian army had been sheltering Islamic fundamentalists for many years. But he did not think the bombing was carried out for domestic reasons in Indonesia. "The root cause of this issue has been America's backing of Israel on Palestine. "It didn't surprise me when September 11 occurred and what we see now is these sort of attacks coming closer to home." http://www.dailystarnews.com/200210/14/n2101413.htm * MALAYSIA CALLS FOR URGENT OIC MEETING ON IRAQ Daily Star, Bangladesh, 14th October AFP, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia yesterday urged the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to call an emergency meeting in a bid to avert a US-led war against Iraq. The organisation needed to speak with one voice on Washington's threat to invade Iraq and topple the regime of President Saddam Hussein, Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar told the official Bernama news agency. "I will send the letter (calling for an emergency meeting) to the OIC secretary-general tomorrow. "We must come out with one voice and our actions must be integrated," Syed Hamid said. "This is the time for all OIC member states to issue clear statements on their respective stands and initiate diplomatic efforts and negotiations to avert a war on Iraq." Syed Hamid said he feared an attack on Iraq would "arouse anger and feelings of marginalisation among Muslims and even moderate Muslims will eventually be influenced and become extreme because their moderation was not reciprocated." Malaysia, a mainly Muslim Southeast Asian nation which has supported the US war on terrorism, is due to take over the chairmanship of the OIC after a summit here in October next year. Qatar is the current chair of the group, which is based in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. http://www.dawn.com/2002/10/15/ebr7.htm * IRAQ KEEN TO BUY 0.5M TONS MORE WHEAT by Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana Dawn, 15th October KARACHI, Oct 14: Iraq has shown keen interest in importing another 500,000 tons of upgraded wheat of 'hard winter' quality from Pakistan, official sources said. Iraq's intention to buy half a million tons from Pakistan follows successful completion of earlier contract of one million tons. A cargo vessel recently offloaded around 30,000 tons of wheat at the Iraqi port, replacing the earlier one, has successfully brought to an end the earlier contract of 0.1 million tons won by Pakistan under UN programme of 'oil-for-food' for Baghdad. Sources said the Iraqi Grain Board had expressed its satisfaction over the quality and specification of Pakistani wheat which entirely met their standards and demand. Pakistani wheat, which is of "hard milling" quality, met the Iraqi specification that demands 28 per cent gluten and 14 per cent moisture. However, Baghdad gave some relaxation by allowing average gluten of 25 per cent. However, Baghdad urged Islamabad that it should ensure that elements such as stones and mud be checked strictly and process of cleaning the produce be undertaken with utmost care, sources said. In another development, Trading Corporation of Pakistan chairman Syed Masood Alam Rizvi told Dawn that he would be heading a wheat delegation to Egypt from Oct 19-20. He said the delegation comprising 4-5 members of the private sector exporters would negotiate export of wheat with Cairo. Egypt, he said, imported around six million tons of wheat annually, out of which half of the quantity was handled by its private sector. Under the new policy, he said further exports of wheat to Iraq would be carried out by the private sector under the supervision of TCP. Mr Rizvi said: "TCP's involvement was on the request of Baghdad and not our demand." Refuting some media reports that the last vessel, loaded with 30,000 tons of wheat, had been rejected by Baghdad, the TCP chairman said the vessel 'Silver AN' had already unloaded its cargo as the quality fully met the Iraqi Wheat Board specifications. He further said that after meeting other cost, including freight, insurance, etc., the per ton price of wheat unloaded by the last vessel came at around 144 euro per ton fob and with this, the contract of 100,000 tons with Baghdad had been concluded successfully. Despite the fact that country could not meet its wheat production target of 20 million tons this year and only harvested around 18.50 million tons, but huge carryover stocks of around 3.7 million tons will still enable it to export around two million tons, official sources said. Accordingly, the government has offered generous incentives to exporters in the form of export rebate. The minimum export price fixed by the government is Rs8,250 per ton. The exporters will qualify for export rebate at the rate of Rs4,200 per ton. http://www.abc.net.au/news/politics/2002/10/item20021018215554_1.htm * CHURCH HEAD BLAMES BOMBING ON AUSTRALIA'S STANCE ON IRAQ ABC News, 18th October The head of the Anglican Church in Australia has blamed the Bali bombings on Australia's outspoken support for the United States in planning military action against Iraq. In an address last night to the annual synod of the Anglican Church in Perth, the Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley stopped short of blaming the Prime Minister, but says he was warned. Dr Carnley says he and other church leaders wrote to John Howard on August 8, questioning the Government's strident support for a US led war in Iraq. He says from that point the Prime Minister appeared to moderate his comments, but it was doubtless already clear to militant Muslims that Australia was a high-profile ally of the United States. Dr Carnley says he knows his comments are controversial, but he is not worried about that. "I think it's probably a widespread or a widely held view around the country now," he said. But Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer says the criticism is not valid because it is not yet clear who even carried out the attack in Bali. "If we don't know who did it, then it's pretty hard to know what their motives were and obviously if Archbishop Carnley's Diocese has some information that can assist with the investigation then we would obviously appreciate that information," he said. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk