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Re: [casi] Blair's speech -- keep the momentum going

First of all it is important to remember the war is not an Either/Or
decision. We do not have to have a war/Or do nothing.

Secondly the anti war movement should be attempting to frame the discussion
on the real objectives of the US
I have seen loads of alarming quotes from Bush and his dads buddies, I think
that these are the way go forward.

The currant Blair argument is based along these lines

    war = free Iraq = good thing

This may be true,  what is more worrying is

    war = Destruction of treaties and organisation created to prevent global
conflict = Massive Global instability

It is pretty obvious how this would benefit the worlds only super power.

A possible starting point would be to establish a list of these quotes and
then attempt to confront Blair with them. Unfortunately I'm pretty c*&p at
that kind of thing and all I could find was this article(bellow). But I
vaguely remember talk of Global war, fighting multiple conflicts at the same
time all dated prior to September the 11th and strong evidence of a pro war
American regime. These should be asked as direct questions quoting source
rather then being turned into a coherent accusation of intent..... It's no
good drawing conclusions and sounding like a conspiracy theorist, better to
ask if Blair supports the 'Project for the New American Century (PNAC)' and
whether key allies such as the UK are 'the most effective and efficient
means of exercising American global leadership' is not offensive to every
other country on the planet. if so why is going along with this.

And lastly talk of Israel as a motive for American aggression should be
avoided. For some reason (at least in the UK) it comes across as being anti
Semitic and is in effect a pretty good way of shooting yourself in the foot.
(I also doubt Bush & Co. care about anyone's interests other then their own.
religion loyalty and so on mean nothing to these people even oil is only a
means to an end it's money and power they are after)

SUNDAY HERALD 15th September 2002 (
Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President

By Neil Mackay

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and
his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime
change' even before he took power in January 2001.
The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global
Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald
Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W
Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The
document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And
Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the
neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf
region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United
States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional
security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate
justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the
Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.'
The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining global US
pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the
international security order in line with American principles and
This 'American grand strategy' must be advanced for 'as far into the future
as possible', the report says. It also calls for the US to 'fight and
decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core
The report describes American armed forces abroad as 'the cavalry on the new
American frontier'. The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document written
by Wolfowitz and Libby that said the US must 'discourage advanced industrial
nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger
regional or global role'.
The PNAC report also:
l refers to key allies such as the UK as 'the most effective and efficient
means of exercising American global leadership';
l describes peace-keeping missions as 'demanding American political
leadership rather than that of the United Nations';
l reveals worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA;
l says 'even should Saddam pass from the scene' bases in Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait will remain permanently -- despite domestic opposition in the Gulf
regimes to the stationing of US troops -- as 'Iran may well prove as large a
threat to US interests as Iraq has';
l spotlights China for 'regime change' saying 'it is time to increase the
presence of American forces in southeast Asia'. This, it says, may lead to
'American and allied power providing the spur to the process of
democratisation in China';
l calls for the creation of 'US Space Forces', to dominate space, and the
total control of cyberspace to prevent 'enemies' using the internet against
the US;
l hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing weapons of
mass destruction, the US may consider developing biological weapons -- which
the nation has banned -- in decades to come. It says: 'New methods of attack
-- electronic, 'non-lethal', biological -- will be more widely available ...
combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and
perhaps the world of microbes ... advanced forms of biological warfare that
can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the
realm of terror to a politically useful tool';
l and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes and
says their existence justifies the creation of a 'world-wide
command-and-control system'.
Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons and one of the
leading rebel voices against war with Iraq, said: 'This is garbage from
right-wing think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks -- men who have never seen
the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, who
were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam war.
'This is a blueprint for US world domination -- a new world order of their
making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to
control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should
have got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing.'

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