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The Invasion of Iraq

 "...You must not run away with the thought that our sole objective is to establish Tamil Eelam. Tamil Eelam certainly remains an objective because we have learnt through bitter experience over the past several years that it is only by establishing a State of Tamil Eelam can Tamils live with self respect. But our vision is broader than that. ..Wherever there is oppression, wherever there is violation of human dignity...we are prepared to link hands with the oppressed and the under dog..." Nadarajah Thangathurai's Statement from the Dock, 1 March 1983

US issues threat to Iraq's $50bn foreign reserves in military deal - Patrick Coburn, 6 June 2008

"..The US is able to threaten Iraq with the loss of 40 per cent of its foreign exchange reserves because Iraq's independence is still limited by the legacy of UN sanctions and restrictions imposed on Iraq since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the 1990s. The fact that Iraq's financial reserves, increasing rapidly because of the high price of oil, continue to be held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is another legacy of international sanctions against Saddam Hussein. Under the UN mandate, oil revenues must be placed in the Development Fund for Iraq which is in the bank.The funds are under the control of the Iraqi government, though the US Treasury has strong influence on the form in which the reserves are held. Iraqi officials say that, last year, they wanted to diversify their holdings out of the dollar, as it depreciated, into other assets, such as the euro, more likely to hold their value. This was vetoed by the US Treasury because American officials feared it would show lack of confidence in the dollar.Iraqi officials say the consequence of the American action was to lose Iraq the equivalent of $5bn. Given intense American pressure on a weak Iraqi government very dependent on US support, it is still probable that the agreement will go through with only cosmetic changes. .."

Matt Howard, US Iraqi War Veteran Speaks Out: Troops out of Iraq!, August 2007

"...The people of Iraq are suffering horrors hard to conceive on a daily basis because we are there. And yet their only crime is that they were also victims of previous horrors under a different regime. The Iraqi people fighting us are fighting for their freedom - to be free from foreign military occupation...We go and clear an area and they just go somewhere else and when we leave they come back, and this will go on and on until we finally admit that we're not supposed to be there. We never should have been there in the first place. This war was based on lies. As I like to say, you can't win a crime, you can only stop it...."

From Iraq to the G8: The Polite Crushing of Dissent and Truth - John Pilger, 7 July 2005

"...even those of us who have tried to follow the war closely are not aware of a fraction of the horrors that have been unleashed in Iraq.."

The "Shock and Awe" Gallery at

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Opening Statement of Arundhati Roy on Behalf of the Jury of Conscience of the World Tribunal on Iraq, 24 June 2005

"..The assault on Iraq is an assault on all of us: on our dignity, our intelligence, and our future. We recognize that the judgment of the World Tribunal on Iraq is not binding in international law. However, our ambitions far surpass that. The World Tribunal on Iraq places its faith in the consciences of millions of people across the world who do not wish to stand by and watch while the people of Iraq are being slaughtered, subjugated, and humiliated. "

The Real Reasons Why Iran is the Next Target: The Emerging Euro-denominated International Oil Marker - William Clark, 26 October 2004

"..The Iranians are about to commit an "offense" far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq�s oil exports in the fall of 2000. Numerous articles have revealed Pentagon planning for operations against Iran as early as 2005. While the publicly stated reasons will be over Iran's nuclear ambitions, there are unspoken macroeconomic drivers explaining the Real Reasons regarding the 2nd stage of petrodollar warfare - Iran's upcoming euro-based oil Bourse. In 2005-2006, The Tehran government has a developed a plan to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil trades - using a euro-denominated international oil-trading mechanism. This means that without some form of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given U.S. debt levels and the stated neoconservative project for U.S. global domination, Tehran's objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on U.S. dollar supremacy in the international oil market.."

Iraq is not a liberated country, but an occupied country - Howard Zinn, 23 September 2003

"It has become clear, very quickly, that Iraq is not a liberated country, but an occupied country...Now we are the occupiers. True we liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussein, but not from us.... You get some sense of what this government means by the "war on terrorism" when you examine what Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said a year ago when he was addressing the NATO ministers in Brussels... explaining the "threats" to the West and why they are invisible and unidentifiable said:

"There are things that we know. And then there are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know that we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know....that is, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence....simply because you do not have evidence that something exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist."

Well, Rumsfeld has clarified things for us. That explains why this government, not knowing exactly where to find the criminals of Sept. 11 will just go ahead and invade and bomb Afghanistan, killing thousands of people, driving hundreds of thousands from their homes, and still not know where the criminals are. That explains why the government, not really knowing what weapons Saddam Hussein is hiding, will invade and bomb Iraq, to the horror of most of the world, killing thousands of civilians and soldiers and terrorizing the population. That explains why the government, not knowing who are terrorists and who are not, will put hundreds of people in confinement at Guantanamo under such conditions that eighteen have tried to commit suicide. That explains why, not knowing which non-citizens are terrorists, the Attorney General will take away the constitutional rights of 20 million of them. ..

What is our job? To point all this out. ...We need to engage in whatever actions appeal to us. There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at certain points in history and creating a power which governments cannot suppress..."

Iraq War - It is about the US and Europe going head-to-head on World Economic Dominance - G.Heard,  15 March 2003

"..America's Bush administration has been caught in outright lies, gross exaggerations and incredible inaccuracies as it trotted out its litany of paper thin excuses for making war on Iraq. Along with its two supporters, Britain and Australia, it has shifted its ground and reversed its position with a barefaced contempt for its audience. It has manipulated information, deceived by commission and omission and frantically "bought" UN votes with billion dollar bribes."

The Real But Unspoken Reasons For The Iraq War -  the Unspoken Truth - W.Clark, 26 January 2003

"Although completely suppressed in the U.S. media, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking - it an an oil currency war. The Real Reason for this upcoming war is this administration's goal of preventing further OPEC momentum towards the euro as an oil transaction currency standard. However, in order to pre-empt OPEC, they need to gain geo-strategic control of Iraq along with its second largest proven oil reserves. This lengthy essay will discuss the macroeconomics of the "petro-dollar" and the unpublicized but real threat to U.S. economic hegemony from the euro as an alternative oil transaction currency."

The Invasion of Iraq: Oil & the Euro in ''Aspects of India's Economy - December 2002

"....The global crisis of overproduction is showing up the underlying weakness of the US real economy, as a result of which US trade and budget deficits are galloping.  The euro now poses a credible alternative to the status of the dollar as the global reserve currency, threatening the US�s crucial ability to fund its deficits by soaking up the world�s savings. The US anticipates that the capture of Iraq, and whatever else it has in store for the region, will directly benefit its corporations (oil, arms, engineering, financial) even as it shuts out the corporations from other imperialist countries. Further, it intends to prevent the bulk of petroleum trade being conducted in euros, and thus maintain the dollar�s supremacy...."



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