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US hawks are still after blood

Issue No. 1818

GEORGE BUSH is still driving towards war, despite Iraq saying it would bow to demands to allow weapons inspectors into the country. His undersecretary of state for arms control says the US wants 'a regime change in Baghdad, and that policy will not be altered whether inspectors go in or not'.

And Bush's loyal ally Tony Blair is with him every step of the way. Their relentless war drive shows that all the talk of 'international law', 'United Nations resolutions' and 'weapons of mass destruction' is a fig leaf.

The gang around Bush are determined to remove Saddam Hussein simply because his regime has not crawled sufficiently to the US. They are ready to murder tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis to show that the US can impose its will across the globe.

US and British warplanes are already stepping up their raids on Iraq. They launched air strikes last weekend on communications bases and airfields at Tallil, south of Baghdad.

US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld boasted after the Tallil bombing, 'I directed it.' The editor of the authoritative military journal Jane's World Armies, Major Charles Heyman, said after the attacks, 'There is no doubt in my mind that the first stage of war with Iraq has quietly begun.'

Bush is set on war at any price. Tony Blair is set on backing the slaughter. We urge all our readers to throw everything into mobilising for next Saturday's national demonstration in London. We want to try and stop Blair, and ensure a huge political crisis for his government if it decides to join Bush's war.

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Sat 21 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1818
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