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Iraq: the US won't take yes for an answer

Issue No. 1799

THE US is preparing to attack Iraq no matter how many United Nations weapons inspectors Saddam Hussein allows in. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said last week, 'US policy is that, regardless of what the inspectors do, the people of Iraq and the people of the region would be better off with a different regime in Baghdad.

'The US reserves the option to do whatever it believes might be appropriate to see if there can be a regime change.' So US president George Bush will attack Iraq even if it complies with the UN. Meanwhile Israel gets US weapons even as it defies the UN. Israel has refused to allow a UN team to inspect the devastated Jenin refugee camp. The team has simply been disbanded.

Bush is stepping up threats to invade Iraq just as the mess the US has created in Afghanistan becomes clearer by the day. Attacks on civilians by US-allied armed Afghan groups are continuing, despite assurances by US and British ministers that peace would follow the fall of the Taliban.

One force, loyal to the recently ousted governor of Gardez in eastern Afghanistan, rained 300 rockets on the town two weeks ago in an effort to regain power. The force is paid by the US to 'hunt Taliban and Al Qaida forces'.

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Sat 11 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1799
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