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US ready for years of war

Issue No. 1770

US DEFENCE Secretary Donald Rumsfeld now argues openly that bombing Afghanistan is to be 'part of a much wider effort. It will likely be sustained for years, not weeks or months.'

And Tony Blair, far from restraining these ambitions, is urging him on. A week ago newspapers like the Guardian told us that Tony Blair was reining in US president Bush and the 'hawks' around his regime. Blair said this week that the war will 'reach wider than Afghanistan'. And 'even when the job is done' in Afghanistan, he said, 'the job is not over'.

Key figures round George W Bush want to extend the war to Iraq and other states to enforce US dominance across the globe. Hardliners in Bush's administration are making the running, from Rumsfeld to the US ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte.

'COSATU condemns attacks against Afghanistan by the US and its allies. In our view they add to a cycle of violence. When it suits their purpose the dominant countries use the UN, and when it does not suit their agenda these countries act outside of the UN.'
Statement by COSATU, the South African trade union federation

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Sat 13 Oct 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1770
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