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The madmen in the White House

Issue No. 1777

'Afghanistan is just the start.' Those were the words of George W Bush last week as he made a sickeningly violent speech to 15,000 troops, including the 101st Airborne Division-the aptly named 'Screaming Eagles'. Bush whipped them into a frenzy by chanting 'Airborne assault!' as they pumped their fists in the air.

Having unleashed carnage and chaos on Afghanistan, Bush is now preparing to step up the US assault against Iraq. He said it was up to Saddam Hussein to 'prove he's not evil'. He said Iraq would face the consequences if it refused to allow UN weapons inspectors into the country.

Bush is surrounded by Dr Strangelove types who seriously talk of waging war on dozens of other countries. The thugs at the top of his administration will stop at nothing to assert US power around the world.

'We are going to turn the world into a pin cushion,' was how one US intelligence source put it.

Bush's plans to unleash more terror around the world are backed wholeheartedly by Tony Blair. According to the Sunday Times both Bush and Tony Blair have agreed to blast more countries.

The paper quotes a senior Washington source saying, 'We have the wind at our backs and we don't want to lose it.' Preparations are already under way for attacks on Somalia, Sudan and Yemen as well as an escalation of the war on Iraq.

Condoleezza Rice, the former Chevron oil executive who is now National Security Adviser, said recently, 'We have said for a number of years that Iraq is a threat to the region and to American interests. We didn't need 11 September to tell us that. 'We will deal with that situation eventually.'

British sources have said that military action could come in late January. Another key figure pushing for an attack on Iraq is Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defence. He is a close associate of Condoleezza Rice and a fellow member of a Bush inner circle group known as 'the Vulcans'.

At a recent seminar former Reagan official Michael Ledeen said, 'No stages. This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies and all this talk of first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq, then we will take a look around-that is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we don't try to be clever and piece together diplomatic solutions, but just wage a total war, then I think we will do very well and our children will sing great songs about us years from now.'

Bush and Blair's plans to wreak more carnage and destruction around the world make the tasks of the anti-war movement even more urgent. In every area-in workplaces, colleges and schools-we need to be deepening and strengthening the opposition to the war.


Support Brussels protests

Alongside the horror of the war, the developing global recession is also hitting people's lives. In two weeks time there is a chance to protest against both recession and the war.

Tens of thousands of people are planning to protest against European leaders at their summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December. According to the TUC some 80,000 workers from across Europe have pledged to come on the Thursday demonstration. They will be marching to show their anger against mass sackings, privatisation and the policies of EU leaders.

The TUC in Britain is officially backing and organising transport to this march. The next day thousands of people are also planning to voice their anger at European leaders' backing for the war against Afghanistan in a 'march for global peace and justice'.

It is backed by 150 organisations, including the ATTAC anti-globalisation movement and Globalise Resistance in Britain. Anyone who can should try to join either or both of the protests in Brussels. Why not get a delegation from your workplace, college, local group or union branch? If you can't go yourself, you could help raise money for your workmates or friends to go.

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What We Think
Sat 1 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1777
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