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[casi] Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Calls for US 'Regime Change'

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Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 by the <A HREF="">Associated Press</A>

Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Calls for US 'Regime Change'

by Edith Lederer

UNITED NATIONS - Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter released a new
book, accusing President Bush of illegally attacking Iraq and calling for
"regime change" in the United States at the next election.
Time has shown that the United Nations did a good job disarming Iraq while
President Bush went to war based on 'a lie,' former U.N. arms inspector Scott
Ritter told U.N. reporters July 14, 2003.

Ritter criticized key figures caught up in the U.S.-led war at Monday's U.N.
news conference. He said Bush lied to the American people and Congress about
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction; U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lacked
courage; former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix was "a moral and intellectual

Ritter, a former U.S. Marine, was a weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to
1998. He has been a vocal critical of the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.
Ritter said he wrote "<A 
 Justice, Weapons of Mass Destruction and the
Bushwacking of America</A>" to educate people. The 209-page paperback, published by
Context Books, has on its cover a picture of Bush in jeans and a cowboy hat,
behind the wheel of a truck. In the book, Ritter notes that the Bush
administration's stated reason for launching the war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass
destruction. The book argues that there is no evidence that Iraq possesses,
produces or concealed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Therefore, Ritter
argues that "the United States carried out an illegal war of aggression."

Bush, responding Monday to similar charges about the lack of evidence of
illegal Iraqi weapons, insisted: "When it's all said and done, the people of the
United States and the world will realize that Saddam Hussein had a weapons
program." Ritter said Bush's real goal was to get rid of Saddam Hussein's regime.

"What is needed in America is regime change," Ritter writes. "Anything but
Bush and (Vice President Dick) Cheney." At the news conference, Ritter accused
France and Germany of failing to get a Security Council or General Assembly
resolution calling the war illegal and demanding a U.S. withdrawal.

Ritter had kind words for Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic
Energy Agency. He said ElBaradei was "much more honest" than Blix about
appraising Iraq's nuclear weapons and the threat they posed.

Roger Stroope
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff USA

During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert
visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to
the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not
think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war
and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would
some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can
get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is
understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a
democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship
... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger. It works the same way in any country."

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