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Peter You make a good case against oil being the principal reason for this war. However, I am less convinced that the reason has anything at all to do with any 'threat' - perceived or otherwise. > Its about strategic policy, and > Hussein has been deemed a strategic threat since he invaded Kuwait. Of > course the sense of threat is heightened because of its geostrategic > location in the oil rich Persain Gulf, but this precisely my point, as > much as US oil companies would probably like to be offerred > concessions by Baghdad in the event of sanctions finishing, theyre > prevented from doing so because Hussein is persona non grata as far as > the perception of US national security is concerned. It is clear that even in 1991 Iraq was not a real threat at all. Prosecuting the war with Iran was only possible with direct and indirect help from the US. Iraq didn't dare to invade Kuwait without asking US permission first. Israel bombed Iraq's little reactor with impunity. Iraq didn't even try to fight the US in the first Gulf War. Iraq's air defences at the time were described as derisory by Tony Blair. Even with WMD, Iraq would not be a real threat. The aim always was for defence - just as with the US, UK, Israel etc. The notion of passing stuff to terrorists has very little credibility. With that sort of logic, Israel would be much more likely to do this in order to blacken the image of Arabs/Muslims. Any threat posed by Iraq now after the war and sanctions is of course miniscule. So why? ... 1) the destruction of Iraq rather than just getting Iraq out of Kuwait which was simple either politically or militarily? Clearly you do not destroy something you intend to take over. 2) the desire to keep the devastating sanctions despite their genocidal effects? 3) the TOTAL avoidance of diplomacy in US/UK dealings with Iraq since their overwhelming victory? 4) the absence of any inducements to Iraq? No mention of lifting sanctions in the current resolution! It is easy to come up with all sorts of conspiracy theories eg the US needs an enemy to justify ever increasing defence/war expenditure. My own view about the US/UK tends towards: 1) enormous military power, only a few individuals making the decisions and the lack of any real accountability to the electorate (and this includes making information available) eg the operations of the 661 committee, the use of DU, Gulf War syndrome, estimates of casualty figures from bombings and Desert Fox, access for the media, casualties from sanctions etc 2) incompetent, dishonest, proud & nasty individuals in power and advising Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk