World Tribunal on Iraq
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What is evident in the military aggression against the people of Iraq is the devastating and abject failure of the constitutional and political systems of the United States, UK among other countries, and the checks and balances of these democracies unmasked for the first time, despite the control exercised by the Corporate global media, which was unable to conceal the catastrophic economic crisis faced by collapsing US Corporations with shares being reduced to junk bonds, with the fig leaf of " rule of law", taken over by the fraudulent "war on terrorism" which is a war on people within these countries and even a more brutal war on the people of other societies and nations, in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and former Yugoslavia. Invocations such as "freedom and liberty", lie buried finally in full view of International opinion in Fallujah, in Ramadi, in the province of al Anbar and in the prisons of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and Bagram in Afghanistan. Even as evidence emerged from the Weapons Inspectors of the United Nations and the heart of the Intelligence Agencies of these Empires, new and old, that this war was neither declared nor waged in keeping with the Constitution of a Republic where the power to declare war vests only in the Congress, in response to a invasion or insurrection, or after consultation with parliament as in a parliamentary democracy. The war in Iraq was a private war of aggression declared by an oligarchy of financial and Corporate conglomerates of the US and its coalition partners using their soldiers to gather the economic surpluses and raw materials of other countries. Several have borne witness to the absence of weapons of mass destruction and the inability of the erstwhile government of Iraq to launch any attack in full view of legislative Committees, some may have paid for the discloser with their lives, in all probability for having revealed too much.
The global media has concentrated on one Downing Street Memorandum the "Downing Street July minutes" dated 23rd July 2002 by no less an authority than the head of MI 6 Richard Dearlove which recorded the year before the invasion for Prime Minister Blair" that facts were fixed around policy" in Washington. However the press in England has referred to seven documents all of which reveal the nature of the briefing and the fraudulent nature of the decision making of the Bush and Blair governments among others. These documents all Downing Street Memorandums prepared for the briefing of Prime Minister Blair are:
i. Downing Street Memorandum I the minutes of the meeting dated 23re July 2002 by Richard Dearlove head of MI 6 reporting to Mr. Blair that "facts were being fixed" by the British administration.
ii. Downing Street Memorandum II dated 21st July 2002 memorandum to the Prime Ministers Cabinet discussing how the war on Iraq could be justified by creating conditions to justify military action which might include a request for return of UN weapons inspectors.
iii. Downing Street Memorandum III dated 25th March 2002 the communication of British Secretary Jack Straw recording for the British Prime Minister that" a legal justification is a necessary but far from sufficient precondition for legal action... "
iv. Downing Street Memorandum IV written by Blair's Political Director Peter Rickets dated 22nd March 2002 to the effect that "... the best survey of Iraq's WMD program will not show much advance in recent years... "
v. Downing Street Memorandum V of the British Ambassador to the US, Christopher Meyer dated 18th March 2002 recording his discussions with Paul Wolfowitz informing him that " a war in Iraq would be difficult to sell in Britain and more difficult in Europe."
vi. Downing Street Memorandum VI dated 12th March 2002 from British policy adviser David Manning to Prime Minister Blair stating that President Bush had not found answers to several issues among them "how to persuade international opinion that the military action is necessary and justified."
vii. Downing Street Memorandum VII, eight pages long that looks at the alternative legal justifications for war including WMD and al Qaeda and finds all of them lacking including the Security Resolution which does not authorize war.
(Reference, Kevin Zeese, How much Proof Needed Before the Truth Comes Out? Now Seven British Leaked Documents Raise Questions, Globalresearch.ca.)
These documents conclusively establish that the decision to wage war was taken conspiratorially prior to formal commencement of hostilities, without a legitimate reason for the war, before independent authorization by the Congress which post facto rubber stamped a private backdoor decision. However the evidence that has been overlooked even by perceptive observers is that not only was the decision taken much earlier, the attack itself commenced in 2002 before any authorization by Congress. In September 2002, a month before the Congressional vote and two months before the UN Resolution on weapons inspections, approximately a 100 US and British planes flew from Kuwait into Iraqi airspace and at least 7 aircraft were part of the massive operation which dropped precision guided missiles on Iraq's major western air defence facility. Earlier and thereafter bombing raids were similarly carried out on various installations. (Reported by Jeremy Seahill on The Nation's website)
Under the Bush administration the US Oil giants have gained direct access to the planning of military and intelligence operations on their behalf. This has been achieved through the powerful Texas Oil lobby, resulting in the appointment of (former) Oil Company Executives to key defense and foreign policy positions including the President, Vice President, Condoleeza Rice and the then Commerce Secretary Tom Evans among several others. The alliance of the Anglo-American Oil Companies and the firm alliance between British Aerospace with America's largest defense contractor Lockheed Martin and Boeing is reflected in the close military co-operation between the Bush and Blair administrations in the killing fields of Iraq.
Professor Michel Chossudovsky eminent Professor of Economics at Ottawa University and Director of the Centre for Research On Globalization had highlighted in his 'War and Globalization : The Truth Behind September 11" published in 2002, that the Big five defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gruman, General Dynamics, Boeing and Raytheon were shifting staff and resources from their troubled commercial /civil aviation sector into the lucrative production of advanced weapons systems, with war orders unleashing "a massive shift out of civilian economic activity into the military -industrial complex at the expense of citizens of the United States" and their social security, i.e. a massive redirection of the resources of the people of the United States towards the profits of the military industrial complex subsidized by military orders from the US administration, initiating a policy for war.
Thomas Friedman a vocal propagandist of this phase of privatized military globalization articulated the use of the armed forces of the United States Republic in Corporate private interest as follows:
"The hidden hand of the market will never work without the hidden fist. McDonalds cannot flourish without McDonald Douglas"(the armament Corporation) "and the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for the Silicon valleys technologies to flourish is called the US army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps" (The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, 1999 publication) This was the militarization which was to accompany globalization.
II. The role of the Energy Task Force Appointed by the US administration in 2001.
The articulation by Thomas Friedman of the use of US armed forces in achieving the objectives of Corporate America, is supported by the evidence of the secret role played by the Energy Task Force constituted by the President and Vice President Dick Cheney in 2001, in the decision that led to the Corporate invasion of Iraq, whose members included the major Oil and Energy Corporations with their names and recommendations concealed from Congress. This is not the first time in the history of the United States, that the decision to launch a military invasion or carry out a coup has been taken by and dictated by oligarchies and Corporate interests ; the difference between the earlier decision making and the Iraq war of 2003 is that the nature of the incestuous relationship between the administration of the United States and its dominant Corporations can no longer camouflaged or concealed from the world, the identification is absolute and complete. It is "Corporate rule" using as its political base the born again Christian Evangelical religious fascist movement as a diversion from policy, with homeland security and the Patriot Acts required to secure the political system against internal revolt.
On 17th July 2003 after the military aggression and occupation of Iraq was an accomplished fact, the Commerce Department of the United States turned over to Judicial Watch the public interest group, under a court order, as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch (Judicial Watch Inc. v. Department of Energy, et al., Civil Action No. 01 -0981) under the Freedom of Information Act, some documents dated March 2001, relating to the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, containing a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects and the list of "Foreign suitors for Iraqi Oil Field Contracts" including documents relating to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and the UAE (Documents available at www.JudicialWatch.org )
The concealment of the members, recommendations and documents of this Energy Task Force by the Bush administration and its Vice President from Congress upheld by the US Supreme Court, establishes the undisputed control of the dominant Corporations over the political and economic system of the United States.
III. Two distinct features of this Privatized War - the war not waged against a standing army or combatants - and the civilian non military infrastructure deliberately targeted for widespread destruction to award "Reconstruction" Contracts to US Companies in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.
The distinct and barbaric feature of this war is that this privatized war in Iraq has not been waged against a standing army or combatants. The shock and awe campaign against all established rules of warfare, to the knowledge of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair, and heads of the coalition of willing governments and senior US and UK military leaders, targeted as the 'enemy' the civilian population of Iraq under the continuing military occupation. It is not an aberration that 90 % of victims of the US and UK military forces are non-combatants and those sympathizing with the Iraqi Resistance, deliberate and pre-meditated violations of the Geneva and Hague Conventions, the logical outcome of measures taken to depopulate Iraq, in the economic interest of US Corporations, on the lines of the fate of people in occupied countries of East Europe militarily occupied by Nazi Germany in pursuance of the policy of German Fortune 500 Companies and Banking institutions for what was termed as lebensraum. Permanent genetic damage has been caused in areas using Depleted Uranium Weapons, with scientifically and medically investigated carcinogenic effects, leading to silent killings by cancer in particular among children; apart from the fatalities inflicted by the deliberate targeting of the water supply, sewage system and hospitals deliberately creating a health catastrophe as a measure of depopulation. The economic objective of the war and occupation is lebensraum for US and UK among other corporations in Iraq.
IV. Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, Bechtel, Aegis, BKSH Associates, BearingPoint, Custer Battles, Loral Satellite, Qualcom, CACI and Titan and several US and UK Companies apart from the Oil majors, the top 10 direct beneficiaries of the Iraq War Which include other Corporations.
There is a direct historical continuity from the support extended by prominent US Corporations and Corporate players to the Corporate rule of the Nazi party and its pillage of the occupying countries of Europe, and the role of the dominant US Corporations in the decision to launch wars of aggression. It is necessary to recall that from 1949 -1942 Ford Motor Company produced a thousand combat vehicles for the Nazis, central to the military strategy of blitzkrieg and special fuels were supplied by US Oil majors to the Nazi Army. Of the 35000 trucks used by the motorized German Army as of 1942, one -third were Ford Products. IBM received lucrative contracts from the Nazis that would be used to determine population demo graphs to track down Jews and other threats to the Nazi party. General Motors, Ford, Standard Oil, Dupont, Union Carbide, Westinghouse, General Electric, Gillette, Eastern Kodak among others had close business and political relations with the Third Reich of the Nazi party which was the Corporate rule of the German Corporations and banking and Financial Institutions, the real economic and political force behind Hitler and the Nazi party. Prescott Bush was only one of the several representatives of the Banking institutions and US Corporations associated with Union Bank of New York with close financial and business dealings with Thyssen, the German steel Magnate, who along with prominent German Banks and companies, bankrolled the Nazi party for and on behalf of the Corporations.
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