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Green Party Antiwar Statement
No Blood For Oil – Stop the War Against Iraq
The Greens/Green Party USA charged today that George Bush's warmongering threats make him a far greater danger to world peace than Saddam Hussein. "I'm no Saddam-hugger, but if we want someone to step down from office, the world would benefit if George W. Bush would do so," said GPUSA spokesperson Mitchel Cohen.
The Greens/Green Party USA blasted Junior Bush's administration for escalating the oil wars of Papa Bush, and denounced Bush's plan for an all-out bombardment of Iraq. "For several years prior to 9-11 the giant US oil corporation Unocal had planned to construct an oil pipeline in Afghanistan. It had been blocked by the Taliban, much as Iraq is struggling to prevent a complete US takeover of its much coveted oil-producing facilities. It is no coincidence that the US selection for President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, had been an executive with Unocal and is now proceeding with the pipeline development project, with the help of the World Bank," Cohen charged.
"Now the spectre of Bush's 'war without end' is being extended to other oil-producing countries: the US-backed coup in Venezuela earlier this year is one such example; it was defeated only because hundreds of thousands of workers and poor people poured into the streets there in defense of democracy. The war against Iraq is moving full steam ahead; and, over the coming months, Saudi Arabia's oilfields may be fully expropriated by Exxon et al., under US military occupation," Cohen said. "The Green Party USA condemns these brazen acts of lawlessness on the part of the US government, which are in clear violation of the UN Charter and International Law."
The Green Party USA announced that it has joined with other antiwar groups in sponsoring nonviolent antiwar activities across the country; it is mobilizing its members to demonstrate on October 6th as part of Not In Our Name, on October 26th as part of the antiwar march in Washington D.C., and in mid-November to confront the School of the Americas in Georgia. "We are racing against the clock to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and turn back the vast ecological devastation that is already underway, thanks to Bush's endless war for empire and global domination. Almost one million Iraqi civilians, many of them children, have unnecessarily died this past decade due to the ongoing bombings and the sanctions imposed by the United Nations," Cohen said.
Green Party USA representative from Maine, Nancy Oden, added: "The Green Party wants Iraqis and other people throughout the world to know that there are millions of Americans who oppose the war crimes being planned by the White House. Silence is complicity. It is time for all of us to speak out against the coming massacre, stop Bush's 'endless war,' and prevent US officials from turning the Bill of Rights into a rag to wipe the blood from their jackboots."
Last November, Oden found herself to be one of the early targets of the new apparatus of repression as she attempted to board a plane to Chicago where she was scheduled to address a Green Party USA board meeting. "I was told my name had been flagged in the computer," she said. Military personnel escorted her away from the plane and prevented her from boarding. "Since that time, hundreds of people have been unconstitutionally detained at airports," Oden said. "The attacks on civil liberties unleashed by Attorney General Ashcroft and those Democrats and Republicans who voted for the PATRIOT ACT are part and parcel of the bipartisan endorsement for the oilgarchy's pledge of 'endless war'."
Oden condemned the Bush regime's threats against the Iraqi people. "The US is spending as much on its military as are all the other countries in world combined," she said. It has more weapons of mass destruction than the rest of world; it is the only country to have ever launched a nuclear first strike -– August 6th, 1945 -- against the people of Hiroshima and, a few days later, Nagasaki." Oden noted that the US military has recently carried out devastating bombings of Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan using "depleted Uranium" which has irradiated huge tracts of land and poisoned the water supply of entire regions, generating genetic malformations, longterm birth defects and cancer. At the same time, more than $2.2 TRILLION dollars in pentagon funds has gone unaccounted these last two years, an enormous transfer of wealth from taxpayers to corporate war profiteers.
During the 1991 Gulf War, the US dropped 88,000 tons of bombs in a 42-day period, killing more than 200,000 Iraqis. "Economic Sanctions imposed on Iraq since August 1990 and continuing to this day have taken the lives of a million more civilians -- mainly children under the age of five. Sanctions have proven to be a weapon of mass destruction." But when asked about this horror, Clinton/Gore's Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright, said: "Yes, we think the price was worth it."
The Greens/Green Party USA adamently disagrees with Allbright, and has hammered away at the hypocrisy of the United States. "It is the United States that is the leading manufacturer AND DEALER of weapons of mass destruction worldwide while rejecting international monitors to examine weapons systems in the U.S. It is in WASHINGTON that we need a "regime change," Mitchel Cohen stated, pointing out that much of the poison gas and weaponry in Iraq's arsenal was sold to Iraq, authorized George H. W. Bush, Sr, during Iraq's war with Iran. The materiel includes Anthrax spores, brucellosis, and deadly gasses, Cohen said, adding that Germany, France and Russia also armed Iraq. "The US government APPROVED Saddam Hussein's use of these weapons on the Kurdish population and on a leftist uprising around Basra AFTER the Gulf War had ended. So let's be clear what's really going on here," Cohen argues.
Oden puts her appeal directly: "Please join with the Greens/Green Party USA in mobilizing to stop this war."