Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Osama bin Hussein
Enemy of the State of the Union of the Enemy
New World Attention Deficit Disorder
Ariel Bin Sharon
This change of heart over their Rumsfeld cousin reflects the mood in Germany. More than 60 per cent of Germans oppose a war and the US defence secretary has become a hate figure for the country’s peace movement. His desire to topple Saddam by force is at odds with the Social Democrat-led government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, which is directly opposed to war in Iraq.
Even before his arrival in Germany yesterday, Mr Rumsfeld had faced fierce criticism from senior German government officials for describing France and Germany as “old Europe”.
Today, with the United States again poised on the brink of war, Rumsfeld's leadership style and core beliefs are shaping the use of American force at a pivotal point in modern history. In coming weeks, he will counsel President Bush on the use of pre-emptive military action to overthrow the Iraqi regime - with repercussions that could either transform or destabilize the Middle East...Rumsfeld was 9-years-old when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
U.S. officials yesterday seized on bin Laden's message, broadcast on the Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite network, as evidence of what they describe as ties between the terrorist network and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein...Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told U.S. lawmakers in Washington the audiotape shows bin Laden "is in partnership with Iraq." In the past, administration officials urged the media to be cautious about publicizing bin Laden's messages. Yesterday, however, Powell drew attention to the taped message before it was aired on al-Jazeera.
MPs are to investigate Tony Blair's power to declare war and peace and deploy British troops, it will be announced today. The move is a response to the prime minister's refusal to guarantee a debate and vote before committing Britain to war with Iraq. When Mr Blair appeared before MPs on the joint liaison committee last month, Tony Wright - the chairman of the public administration committee, which is to carry out the inquiry - pointed out that George Bush had to get the permission of congress before going to war. "Why do we have endless debates about whether to kill foxes, but no debate on whether to kill people?" he asked. Mr Blair told him he saw "no reason" to change.
US President George W. Bush has grouped Australia into his so-called "coalition of the willing", exposing John Howard to political attack at home and complicating his world "peace mission". Although Mr Bush immediately qualified his description of Australia, and said "whatever that meant" was up to the Australian Prime Minister to decide, he has plunged Mr Howard further into the camp of nations seen as already unconditionally committed to war against Iraq.
I just think the arguments that Bush is putting forward could be applied to him...I'm outraged that he is talking about Iraq arming, when America is equally if not more armed and [Bush] is as nutty as Saddam Hussein
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