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Re: [casi] Iraq War Quiz

I don't know where you got this but you should have a word with whoever you
got it from. The name of its author - Steve Shalom - is noticeable by its
absence from the article. It's a well sourced article and the author
deserves mention for his labour.

The link that should be accompanying it is:


At 22:25 27/03/03, k hanly wrote:
>Iraq War Quiz
>1. The anti-war movement supports our troops by urging that they be brought
>home immediately so they neither kill nor get killed in a unjust war. How
>has the Bush administration shown its support for our troops?
>a. The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee voted to cut $25 billion
>in veterans benefits over the next 10 years.
>b. The Bush administration proposed cutting $172 million from impact aid
>programs which provide school funding for children of military personnel.
>c. The administration ordered the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to stop
>publicizing health benefits available to veterans.
>d. All of the above.
>2. The anti-war movement believes that patriotism means urging our country
>to do what is right. How do Bush administration officials define patriotism?
>a. Patriotism means emulating Dick Cheney, who serves as Vice-President
>while receiving $100,000-$1,000,000 a year from Halliburton, the
>multi-billion dollar company which is already lining up for major contracts
>in post-war Iraq.
>b. Patriotism means emulating Richard Perle, the warhawk who serves as head
>of the Defense Intelligence Board while at the same time meeting with Saudi
>arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi on behalf of Trireme, a company of which he is a
>managing partner, involved in security and military technologies, and while
>agreeing to work as a paid lobbyist for Global Crossing, a
>telecommunications giant seeking a major Pentagon contract.
>c. Patriotism means emulating George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz,
>Richard Perle, John Bolton, Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, Lewis Libby, and
>others who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War while avoiding serving
>in it and who now are sending others to kill and be killed in Iraq.
>d. All of the above.
>3. The Bush administration has accused Saddam Hussein of lying regarding his
>weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following might be considered less
>than truthful?
>a. Constant claims by the Bush administration that there was documentary
>evidence linking Iraq to attempted uranium purchases in Niger, despite the
>fact that the documents were forgeries and CIA analysts doubted their
>b. A British intelligence report on Iraq's security services that was in
>fact plagiarized, with selected modifications, from a student article.
>c. The frequent citation of the incriminating testimony of Iraqi defector
>Hussein Kamel, while suppressing that part of the testimony in which Kamel
>stated that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed following
>the 1991 Gulf War.
>d. All of the above.
>4. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher stormed out of a press
>conference when the assembled reporters broke into laughter after he
>declared that the U.S. would never try to bribe members of the UN. What
>should Fleisher have said to defend himself?
>a. It wasn't just bribery; we also ordered the bugging of the home and
>office phones and emails of the UN ambassadors of Security Council member
>states that were undecided on war.
>b. Oh, come on! We've been doing this for years. In 1990 when Yemen voted
>against authorizing war with Iraq, the U.S. ambassador declared "That will
>be the most expensive 'no' vote you ever cast."
>c. Why do you think the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act makes one of the
>conditions for an African country to receive preferential access to U.S.
>markets that it "not engage in activities that undermine United States
>national security or foreign policy interests"?
>d. All of the above.
>5. George Bush has declared that "we have no fight with the Iraqi people."
>What could he have cited as supporting evidence?
>a. U.S. maintenance of 12 years of crippling sanctions that strengthened
>Saddam Hussein while contributing to the death of hundreds of thousands of
>Iraqi civilians.
>b. The fact that "coalition" forces have indicated that they will use
>cluster bombs in Iraq, despite warnings from human rights groups that "The
>use of cluster munitions in Iraq will endanger civilians for years to come."
>c. By pointing to the analogy of Afghanistan, which the U.S. pledged not to
>forget about when the war was over, and for which the current Bush
>administration foreign aid budget request included not one cent in aid.
>d. All of the above.
>6. The Bush administration has touted the many nations that are part of the
>"coalition of the willing." Which of the following statements about this
>coalition is true?
>a. In most of the coalition countries polls show that a majority, often an
>overwhelming majority, of the people oppose the war.
>b. More than ten of the members of the coalition of the willing are actually
>a coalition of the unwilling - unwilling to reveal their names.
>c. Coalition members - most of whose contributions to the war are negligible
>or even zero - constitute less than a quarter of the countries in the UN and
>contain less than 20% of the world's population.
>d. All of the above.
>7. The war on Iraq is said to be part of the "war on terrorism." Which of
>the following is true?
>a. A senior American counterintelligence official said: "An American
>invasion of Iraq is already being used as a recruitment tool by Al Qaeda and
>other groups....And it is a very effective tool."
>b. An American official, based in Europe, said Iraq had become "a battle
>cry, in a way," for Al Qaeda recruiters.
>c. France's leading counter-terrorism judge said: "Bin Laden's strategy has
>always been to demonstrate to the Islamic community that the West, and
>especially the U.S., is starting a global war against Muslims. An attack on
>Iraq might confirm this vision for many Muslims. I am very worried about the
>next wave of recruits."
>d. All of the above.
>8. The Bush administration says it is waging war to stop the spread of
>weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following is true?
>a. The United States has refused to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban
>Treaty, viewed worldwide as the litmus test for seriousness about nuclear
>b. The United States has insisted on a reservation to the Chemical Weapons
>Convention allowing the U.S. President the right to refuse an inspection of
>U.S. facilities on national security grounds, and blocked efforts to improve
>compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
>c. Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, Director of the Defense Intelligence
>Agency, testified on Feb. 11, 2003, "The long-term trends with respect to
>WMD and missile proliferation are bleak. States seek these capabilities for
>regional purposes, or to provide a hedge to deter or offset U.S. military
>d. All of the above.
>9. The Bush administration says it wants to bring democracy to Iraq and the
>Middle East. Which of the following is true?
>a. If there were democracy in Saudi Arabia today, backing for the U.S. war
>effort would be the first thing to go, given the country's "increasingly
>anti-American population deeply opposed to the war."
>b. The United States subverted some of the few democratic governments in the
>Middle East (Syria in 1949, Iran in 1953), and has backed undemocratic
>regimes in the region ever since.
>c. The United States supported the crushing of anti-Saddam Hussein revolts
>in Iraq in 1991.
>d. All of the above.
>10. Colin Powell cited as evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link an audiotape
>from bin Laden in which he called Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party regime
>"infidels." Which of the following is more compelling evidence?
>a. An FBI official told the New York Times: "We've been looking at this hard
>for more than a year and you know what, we just don't think it's there."
>b. According to a classified British intelligence report seen by BBC News,
>"There are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the al-Qaeda
>c. According to Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network
>of Terror, "Since U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001, I have
>examined several tens of thousands of documents recovered from Al Qaeda and
>Taliban sources. In addition to listening to 240 tapes taken from Al
>Qaeda's central registry, I debriefed several Al Qaeda and Taliban
>detainees. I could find no evidence of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda."
>d. All of the above.
>Answers and Sources
>1. d (a) Cong. Lane Evans, "Veterans Programs Slashed by House Republicans,"
>Press Release, 3/13/03,
> (b)
>Brian Faler, "Educators Angry Over Proposed Cut in Aid; Many Children in
>Military Families Would Feel Impact," Washington Post, 3/19/03, p. A29. (c)
>See Veterans' for Common Sense, letter to George W. Bush, 3/20/03
>; Melissa B. Robinson,
>"Hospitals Face Budget Crunch," Associated Press, 7/31/02; Jason Tait,
>"Veterans angered by marketing ban," Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), 8/2/02,
>2. d (a) Warren Vieth and Elizabeth Douglass, " Ousting Hussein could open
>the door for U.S. and British firms. French, Russian and Chinese rivals
>would lose their edge," Los Angeles Times, 3/12/03, p. I:1; Robert Bryce and
>Julian Borger, "Halliburton: Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor,
>Bush deputy gets Dollars 1m from firm with Iraq oil deal," Guardian
>(London), 3/12/03, p. 5 (which notes that Halliburton "would not say how
>much the payments are; the obligatory disclosure statement filled by all top
>government officials says only that they are in the range of" $100,000 and
>$1 million. (b) Seymour M. Hersh, "Lunch with the Chairman," New Yorker,
>3/16/03; Stephen Labaton, "Pentagon Adviser Is Also Advising Global
>Crossing," NYT, 3/21/03, p. C1. Perle is to be paid $725,000 for his
>lobbying effort, including $600,000 if his lobbying is successful. (c) New
>Hampshire Gazette, "The Chickenhawks,"
>3. d (a) See the evidence collected in Cong. Henry Waxman's letter to George
>W. Bush, 3/17/03,
> (b) See Glen
>Rangwala's report, (c) See
>Glen Rangwala's report,
>4. d (a) Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy, and Peter Beaumont, The Observer
>(London), 3/2/03. (b) Quoted in Phyllis Bennis, Calling the Shots: How
>Washington Dominates Today's UN, New York: Olive Branch, 1996, p. 33. (c)
>Sarah Anderson, Phyllis Bennis, and John Cavanagh, Coalition of the Willing
>or Coalition of the Coerced?: How The Bush Administration Influences Allies
>in Its War on Iraq, Washington, DC: Institute for Policy Studies, 2/26/03,
>p. 4.
>5. d (a) For background, see Anthony Arnove, ed., Iraq Under Siege: The
>Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, Cambridge: South End Press, updated ed.
>2003. (b) Paul Waugh, "Labour MPs Attack Hoon After He Reveals That British
>Forces Will Use Cluster Bombs," Independent, 3/21/03, p. 4; Human Rights
>Watch, Press Release, 3/18/03: "Persian Gulf: U.S. Cluster Bomb Duds A
>Threat; Warning Against Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq." (c) Zvi Bar'el,
>"Flaws in the Afghan Model," Ha'aretz, 3/14/03,
>6. d (a) See, for example, the revealing comment of Secretary of State
>Powell: "We need to knock down this idea that nobody is on our side. So many
>nations recognize this danger [of Iraq's weapons]. And they do it in the
>face of public opposition." Quoted in Steven R. Weisman With Felicity
>Barringer, "Urgent Diplomacy Fails To Gain U.S. 9 Votes In The U.N." NYT,
>3/10/03, p. A1) (b) U.S. Dept. of State, Daily Press Briefing, Richard
>Boucher, Washington, DC, 3/18/03. (c) Country list: White House, Statement
>of Support from Coalition, 3/25/03,
>population calculated from Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2001,
>Washington, DC: 2001, table 1327. Total includes USA. The White House list
>includes countries whose leaders have done no more than state their support
>for the United States, and the listing changes from day to day, with some
>countries being added and some removed.
>7. d (a) Don Van Natta Jr. and Desmond Butler, "Anger On Iraq Seen As New
>Qaeda Recruiting Tool," NYT, 3/16/03, p. I:1. (b) Van Natta and Butler, NYT,
>3/16/03. (c) Van Natta and Butler, NYT, 3/16/03.
>8. d (a) Colum Lynch, "U.S. Boycotts Nuclear Test Ban Meeting; Some
>Delegates at U.N. Session Upset at Latest Snub of Pact Bush Won't Back,"
>Washington Post, 11/12/02, p. A6. (b) Amy E. Smithson, "U.S. Implementation
>of the CWC," in Jonathan B. Tucker, The Chemical Weapons Convention:
>Implementation Challenges and Solutions, Monterey Institute, April 2001, pp.
>23-29,; Jonathan Tucker, "The
>Fifth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention,"
>Feb. 2002, (c) Testimony before
>the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, excerpted at
>9. d (a) Craig S. Smith, "Saudi Arabia Seems Calm But, Many Say, Is
>Seething," NYT, 3/24/03, p. B13. In fact, "Though the Saudi government
>officially denies it, the bombing campaign is being directed from Saudi
>Arabia - something that few Saudis realize." (b) On Syria, see Douglas
>Little, ACold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945
>1958,@ Middle East Journal, vol. 44, no. 1, Winter 1990, pp. 55 57. On Iran,
>see Mark J. Gasiorowski, "The 1953 Coup D'Etat in Iran," International
>Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 19, Aug. 1987, pp. 261-86. (c) Andrew
>Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam
>Hussein, New York: HarperPerennial. 1999, chap. 1.
>10.  d (re audiotape, see David Johnston, "Top U.S. Officials Press Case
>Linking Iraq To Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/12/03, p. A1; Mohamad Bazzi, "U.S. says
>bin Laden tape urging Iraqis to attack appears real," Newsday, 2/12/03, p.
>A5. (a) James Risen and David Johnston, "Split at C.I.A. and F.B.I. On Iraqi
>Ties to Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/2/03, p. I:13. (b) "Leaked Report Rejects Iraqi
>al-Qaeda Link," BBC News, 2/5/03. (c) Rohan Gunaratna, "Iraq and Al Qaeda:
>No Evidence of Alliance," International Herald Tribune, 2/19/03.
>Interpreting Your Score
>9-10 Correct: Excellent. Contact United for Peace and Justice,
>, and work to fight the war and the system
>that produced it.
>6-8 Correct: Fair. You've been watching a few too many former generals and
>government officials who provide the "expert" commentary for the mainstream
>media. Read the alternative media!
>3-5 Correct: Poor. Don't feel bad. George W. Bush only got a C- in
>International Relations at College.
>0-2 Correct: Failing. You have a bright future as an "embedded" journalist.
>  Jim Devine &

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