08 July 2005

dog-whistling ..... 

The Editor
Sydney Morning Herald July 8, 2005

The dust had hardly started to settle before John Howard was opportunistically ‘dog-whistling’ the tragedy of the London bombings to justify our continuing involvement in the carnage of Iraq (‘We won’t budge on Iraq: Howard’, Herald, July 8).

Whilst this latest murderous terrorist attack on innocent civilians is abhorred by every decent human being, so to should the deaths of many tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians: victims of a US-inspired illegal war of aggression.

The blood of innocent civilians everywhere is inevitably on the hands of arrogant, self-righteous & dishonest politicians & their profiteering corporate handlers: whether they be a brutal dictator, renegade outlaw, ‘accidental’ war president or sometime deputy sheriff.

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07 July 2005

that elusive white powder ..... 

‘This paper argues that the United States breached the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) by supplying warfare-related biological materials to Iraq during the 1980s, at a time when that nation was at war with its neighbour, Iran.

It is further argued that the United Kingdom has an obligation, not least due to its published policy on the issue, to formally report this breach to the United Nations Security Council.
The case is made that if the UK, as a State Party to the BTWC, will not report this matter, then the Convention is not the legally binding international instrument it is claimed to be, thus compromising the credibility of international law.

It may come as some surprise to the reader to learn – and as far as the author is aware this information has not previously been made public – that the anthrax threat from Iraq, a repeatedly cited reason for the 2003 invasion of that country, actually originated from a dead cow in South Oxfordshire.’

In this ICH article, Geoffrey Holland, of the University of Sussex, points us to the original ‘smoking gun’ of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, destroyed after the 1st Gulf War but used by George Bush & his criminal ‘coalition of the willing’ as the pretext for mounting his illegal war of aggression in 2003.

Compromising The Credibility Of International Law

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04 July 2005

independence day ..... 

Today, more than 1,000 guests, including many prominent Australian politicians, diplomats, business people & celebrities, will attend the US Embassy in Canberra, to join in America’s 229th Independence Day celebrations.

Arrangements have been made to hand each guest a copy of the following brochure, as they arrive.



“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison” – Henry David Thoreau

Dear Guest,

As you celebrate America’s 229th Birthday, please ask your host, William A. Stanton, Charge d’Affaires ad interim, to explain how his government can reconcile his country’s founding principles & ideals, including equal justice & the rule of law for all, with its illegal practices of rendition & detention.

Perhaps Mr Stanton could also explain what kind of justice permits an Australian citizen, David Hicks, to be detained by the US government at Guantanamo Bay for more than 31/2 years:

· subjected to physical psychological torture
· denied his human & legal rights &
· threatened with military detention for life

Have all the hopes & dreams of America’s Founding Fathers come to this?

Guantanamo Bay - An American Gulag


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