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21 March, 2003

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Without UN approval, US and Britain have launched attacks on Iraq. In his speech to the nation, President Bush said "We will meet that threat (Iraq)now with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters, police and doctors on the streets of our cities."

This has triggered two important questions,

1) Right of 'Preemptive Attack' where one country invades the other on the basis of information that the later is preparing for war against the former and
2) The effectiveness of UNO which in this case has failed to stop the war.

In all other cases, when a country is attacked by another, the country who launch the attack is called aggressor and is condemned by the rest.

What do you think how should the countries of the world including Pakistan, respond to US attack on Iraq ?

Should the invaders be called aggressors and be condemned?

Reader Comments:

I support humanity, Hello and Asalam-alaikam from America

I support President Bush .The Bush administration must have valid evidence of Saadam's intent and capabilities to inflict great harm on others.These are not just young school boys playing with toys in the streets, but highly trained professionals with access to intelligence information.We Americans respect the right to life , liberty and the freedom of religion including Islam.We are NOT out to gain control over the Arab world but to encourage peace and freedom from terrorists and the regimes that support them.I pray that if God is willing (In-sha-Allah) the Pakistani,Iraqi,and all middle eastern people will one day understand this and come together in peace for the sake of our children and their descendants.God Bless all Peaceful People of the World.

Patsy, United Kingdom - 26 March, 2003

Oil War - Nothing More...

Carving up Iraq for transnational oil barons has simmered until this non-elected resident of the White House came to power. We now have a massacre, not a war, by mass-murderers Bush & Co. How many lives per gallon is this sea of oil worth?

Crow, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

ummm

And when pictures of exhausted Iraqis greeting their "liberation" are flashed around the world, remember the faces that will be missing in the crowds - not only those of the children bombed and disposed of as "collateral damage", but more than a million faces declared expendable by the American-driven and British-backed economic embargo.

Remember the vaccines, cancer-treatment equipment, pain-killers, plasma bags, food treatment equipment and much else denied over fourteen years: $5.4 billion worth as of last July, to be precise, blocked by the US government, backed by the Blair government.



geurge bosh, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

Let's pray

There is so much anger and hatred in the world right now!!! Yes, I agree USA administration is wrong about invading Iraq, destroying such a beatiful country, killing. But how to stop it? I don't get how we want to be blessed ("God bless America") and don't pray... because if our president did pray before making any decisions, there would be no wars at all. I never feel angry or 'hateful' after praying, only forgiving,loving and safe... I think, we should pray for Iraqis and Americans to be saved first, and then, finally, our world would be in peace.

PeaceMaker, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

The Heedless War!

I think we ourselves need advise,trying
to give advice to a heedless man,who
is so self-conceited that he will ever
hear the truth,that he's throwing stones at a barren tree.The treasure,he
seeks lies next to the sea of Galilee.

Khalid Rahim, Canada - 27 March, 2003

My Apologies

I would personally like to apologize to all the citizens of the world for the actions of my government. The government of the United States has been hijacked by terrorists: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield et.al. They are aided in their endeavors by a cabal of corporate conspirators that are in control of the U.S. media, (i.e. Fox, Disney-ABC, Clear Channel, Murdock, MSNBC and yes, even CNN). The American public is unable to distinguish between what is the truth and propaganda. The citizens of the US are convinced that we have a balanced and free media and are therefore unable to comprehend that we are being manipulated.

Brian Lewis, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

I'm Outraged

I am ouraged at my own country for committing this tragic slaughter and plundering of Iraq.
I am outraged at the United Nations for
allowing it to happen! Has the U.N no purpose at all? Are you just a fancy
name with no purpose?
You have let the Iraqi people down!
All the countries that are against this war have stood by doing nothing and have betrayed the Iraqi people!
God Bless the Iraqi People!

gypsirodes, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003


From a George Orwell essay about nationalism.

"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage -- torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians -- which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."


Martin, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

A message from a war criminal.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders . . . 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 in any country."

Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg war-crimes tribunal.

Martin, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

This makes me laugh

The people of Iraq will be better off when this is done. They will be in control of their own country and their own resources. The US is not in the business of taking over countries. Last time I checked Japan, Germany and Afganistan were all their OWN countries not US territories. We are not targeting innocent civilians, we are taking EVERY precaution to not kill civilians. Saddam is a coward who places his troops and equiptment in civilian areas. If you want to protest, protest Saddam. Protest EVIL

Matt, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

oil wars

In 50 years time, the war on Iraq will be called an "oil war". I find it unbelievable that Bush and Blair have managed to delude so many people into thinking that it's got nothing to do with Iraq's rich oil reserves. History will show us that it has everything to do with oil and nothing at all to do with liberating the people of Iraq, who we are currently slaughtering by the thousands. The world became a very dangerous place the moment that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitts, Rice et al conned their way into the White House. I look farward to the day when they learn the lesson that they;ve got coming to them for their grave crimes against humanity and national security, and their profound stupidity.

Lisa D, United Arab Emirates - 27 March, 2003

misquote

Time to cry foul!

If you are going to misquote me in a sidebar, get it right!!! I cut and pasted "Martin's" quote, then added my reply!

Now, HERE is my reply....if you are going to highlight the above, you MUST include the rest of my post, below!!! I somehow think you made this mistake on purpose!
----------------------------
Please. There has NEVER been a more humanitarian war fought (yes, that is a paradox, but only proves my point about the irony of the situation). The war would be OVER right now if the US had no regard for Iraqi citizens.

The US is putting its own young men and women in harms way by targeting ONLY military targets, while Saddam's sadistic half-human thugs hide in hospitals and use infants as shields.
Algore, United States of America



Algore, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

Bush Does Not Represent All Americans

Bush does not represent all Americans. The polls are clearly tainted. His illegitimate regime is a propaganda-churning machine focused on power, wealth, self-righteousness, and reelection. He owns CNN, MSNBC, Blair, and any other faction that will take his bribes. Money is absolute power.

As a former U.S. Marine, I am appalled by this administration's behavior and foreign policy. I served my country to defend democracy and human justice. Bush and his puppets are representing neither. Bush believes he is the Christian crusader ridding the world of evil. Who's the radical? He has billions of working-class tax dollars at his disposal to wage war. Who should the world fear? Bush is not only dividing the world, he's dividing Americans.


DB, United Kingdom - 27 March, 2003

Pakistan's response

The war on Iraq has been , more than anything else , a witness to the fact that world opinion , be it through resolutions passed by the united nations(a fools paradise) or simply through demonstrations across the globe in condemnation of the war has resulted in an utter and shameful defeat to diplomacy ..
The best possible way to keep the barabric yankee's and brits in check is to devise a military strategy which ensures a combined military stand if any other muslim country is to some under attack .. i.e. an attack on iran must be taken as an attack on pakistan and vice versa .. this should be the case for syria , saudi arabia as well..
may Allah grant muslims the wisdom and rationality to face this barbaric onslaught . ameen .

omar waleed, Pakistan - 28 March, 2003

To let Sadam continue murdering would be a crime. The world has a resposibility to stop him.

Goodrat, United Kingdom - 28 March, 2003

Let's set an example!

If we all show respect for each other, and celebrate our differences rather than putting each other down--then maybe we can shame our so-called leaders into changing their ways! Look at this vast Universe, in which our Earth is just a small orb; a beautiful blue/green planet, with such a diversity of life teeming on it!
If our leaders cannot solve their differences, then put them in a room together and let them stay in there until they do!! We should not allow them to send other people's children to fight their barbaric wars. We are the people of the Earth; a wonderful variety of colors, cultures, religions, beliefs--all of us have hopes and dreams which we all deserve to have come true. We get to spend so little time here--why not make it count? Namaste, Joanna

JoannaK, United Kingdom - 28 March, 2003

Feed the Rich

Wars feed the rich and bury the poor.
And as sure as Tuesday follows Monday thats what this war in Iraq is all about,MONEY.
Who was it that coined the expression that Money is the route off all evil? because he sure got that right.
Politicians that take the road to conflict despite world opinion to the opposite arent very democratic in my view and begs the question of just what is democracy? What worries me is that Mr Bush I fear as opened the Pandoras box and the price America and the rest of the world is going to pay in the long run for this blatant war on oil does not bare thinking about.


Mr Peter Waine, United Arab Emirates - 28 March, 2003

USA, Britain and Australia using military to kill innocent Iraqi people in the name of 'regime change'. they should be condemned in clear terms. One can only laugh at Pakistan's choice of word 'deplore'. Pakistan really needs sensible diplomats in their foreign office.
Sunny, Pakistan


Sunny, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates - 28 March, 2003

Bushes prevention statement on Iraq war.

Will Bush, Blair & Howard resign if there is a terror attack on any of their countries,after all, this is their so called strategy, prevention. I don't think so.But they should be confronted with this as soon as it happens and it probably will to see what lies and manipulations of the truth they come up with this time.

Rob Totten, Aruba - 28 March, 2003

World War

Looking at the horrif events I can't say this is the World War 3, but instead looking at the anger of most Musllims, there will be WTC2 - down & out!

T. Hussainf, United Arab Emirates - 28 March, 2003

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