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While this article shows that official justifications for the war do not hold water, it does not address the question of oil or more generally securing scarce energy resources nor that of US imperialism as an attempt to project US power and control world wide. Anyone who reads the documents at the PNAC website or writings of hawks such as Perle should realise that this is a least an important factor driving US policy. Anyone who thinks that Iraq's possession of the second largest oil reserves in the world is somehow not relevant needs a reality check. Oil business people certainly dont think this. I dont find this a thoughtful analysis at all. But then I am quite convinced that the reasons for the war are precisely those this author ignores as providing some type of false certainty. Unless some evidence is given to show these ignored analyses are incorrect I remain unimpressed by those who find the war mysterious. Cheers, Ken Hanly ----- Original Message ----- From: "Abi Cox" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 12:11 PM Subject: [casi] David Hare piece in Guardian Dear list, I forward the following comment piece sent to me from last weekend's Guardian - a bit late, but it is a provocative and thoughtful analysis. I think it has been scanned in from a printed copy, hence the typos. best, Abi Do't Look For a Reason by David Hare From the moment it was fîrst mooted, this was, for me, the impenetrable war, the war wrapped in mystery. "Its about oil!" 'Its about imperialism!' "It's about a son avenging the failures of his father." All the answers that are supposed to tell you everything, that are always given to you in a tone of utter contempt, as if you must be a fool not to understand, in fact seem to tell you nothing. The fake certainty, the anger, the exasperation, and now the startling vindictiveness, the personal vitriol in the rhetoric of the west - as if we hated each other far more than we hate Saddam - betray our own bad faith, about a conflict whose meaning eludes us. Why Iraq? Why now? "Its a response to September 11th." Oh yes? And is that why you staged your response in a country which had no connection to September 11th? "Its about nuclear weapons." Oh yes? "Well, maybe not actual nuclear weapons. Its about weapons of mass destruction." Oh yes? And how many weapons of mass destruction have you found? _______________________________________________ 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