Fiery Furnace Iraq

Gulf War III finally started
pretext for war still missing

page composed by Wolfgang Wiesner

"Problems can never be solved while using the same way of
thinking that brought them into being." — Albert Einstein

Summary of News:

Baghdad succeeded in breaking up the western alliance, nevertheless, predictions of an attack remain unchanged. [Al-Jazeera, 13/08/2002] Spanish delegation member expressing their wish for a world without Saddam. [Al-Jazeera, 13/08/2002] Iraq is trying to perform a considerable economic transaction with Turkey. [Al-Jazeera, 24/08/02] An Australian Wheat Board delegation has secured billions of dollars in long-term wheat trade with Iraq -- despite a diplomatic row trig- gered by the Howard government's tough stance on war against Baghdad. [The Australian, Sydney, 21/08/02] Federal Chancellor Schroeder made it clear that German troops will definitely not participate in a new attack against Iraq. Forced by the stream of events in pre-electoral times, even some high ranking opposition leaders felt obliged to share the Chancellor's position who has defined any attack on Iraq as an "irresponsible adventure". [own report based on different German sources, August 2002]. Following a martial announcement of U.S. vice president Dick Cheney, European leaders publicly refrain from any military action against Iraq, at least for the time being. At their meeting in Helsingoer / Danmark, 15 European ministers of foreign affairs found a common position, including the urgent wish of a new monitoring commission to resume its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Only Britain is reported to consider further pressure on Saddam. [German daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" and other sources, September 1, 2002] United Nations secretary-general Kofie Annan meeting with Iraqi minister of foreign affairs Tariq Aziz at the Johannesburg global climate conference [Al-Jazeera, 03/09/2002]. Syrian president Assad urges the United Nations to take the ini- tiative in finding a solution to the Iraqi crisis as an expected U.S. assault would mean their defeat [Al-Jazeera, 10/09/02]. In his speech on 12 September, U.S. President G. Bush declares his intention to leave a military solution of the Iraqi problem to the United Nations' final decision. Simultaneously, military preparations in the Middle East hint at an attack on Iraq in the very near future. => Action speaks louder than words ! Iran, the long-standing enemy of Iraq, has renewed his disapproval of a military coup against Iraq as the Iranian minister of foreign affairs stated in his speech to the United Nations' General Assembly [Al-Jazeera, 16/09/02]. At the same time, different sources report on a change of official Saudi Arabian policy that is now likely to allow the U.S. to make use of their military bases on the peninsula in an attack on Iraq [Arab News, 16/09/02, and others]. Nevertheless, there are strong anti-American sentiments in Saudi Arabia and the emirates of Qatar, - most important U.S. air base in the region -, and Bahrain, - home of the U.S. Fifth Fleet -. Such sentiments have already led to a boycott of U.S. goods [features by Arab News, Lebanon Wire, ....]. "Saudi Arabia has turned up the pressure on Baghdad, hinting that it might offer its desert installations as a jump-off base for any U.S. military campaign against Iraq - as long as such an attack had U.N. sanction. But the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, also said the rest of the world clearly wants the Iraq crisis resolv- ed without "the firing of a single shot"." [, 16/09/02]. On 17/09/02 different sources, including Al-Jazeera and, report that a special envoy from Iraq has delivered a letter to U.N. secretary-general Kofie Annan. That letter should declare the Iraqi intention to accept unconditioned control of the country's weaponry by UN inspectors. - Washington is moving further troops into the region while Baghdad is discussing the failure of any pretext for an attack. - Iraqi parliament welcomes the "unexpected U.N. resolution" and U.S. Dollar is rapidly loosing its value in comparison with Iraqi Dinar [Asharq-Al-Awsat, Riyadh, 18/09/02]. "As US National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice said last Sunday on US television, the Bush administration is not worried too much about the price tag attached to the upcoming military operation and the subsequent reconstruction of Iraq. With its vast oil reserves, Iraq is capable of paying for much of its own reconstruction, unlike Afghanistan, which is desperately relying on foreign aid to get by." [Condoleeza Rice, cited by Arab News, Riyadh, 20/09/02] The Bush administration's plan for another and enforced UN resolution on Iraq is facing international opposition. Even U.S. opposition leader Tom Daschle is showing anger when cited by President Bush as "not inter- ested in national security". [USA TODAY, 27/09/02] At least 150.000 people have taken part in a protest against military action in Iraq which organisers say was one of Europe's biggest anti- war rallies. Demonstrators assembled peacefully in London's Hyde Park. ... In the British House of Commons, more than 50 Labour MPs protested against the prime minister's stance on war. [BBC, London, 28/09/02] "Two Kuwaiti followers of Oussama Bin Laden killed Americans in the preliminary stages of an assault on Iraq." [Main page headline from Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the most important Palestinian daily, 09/10/02] - Baghdad demanding the U.N. Security Council to reject U.S. plans. - France promoting a moderate formula to influence the projected U.S. decision. [Al-Jazeera, 25/10/02] International mobilisation against the planned war on Iraq. Remark- able demonstrations in the U.S.A., Mexico, Japan, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, South-Corea, Italy, Belgium and Australia. [Le Matin, Morocco, 27/10/02 and other sources] A summary of latest developments on Iraq is given by USA TODAY. BLUEPRINT BREAKING NEWS [04/11/02]: Britain: Reservists ordered to mobilise Saudi Arabia: Foreign Minister refuses any military aid in the attack on Iraq Baghdad is expecting the participation of Israel in a war against their country. [Al-Jazeera, Qatar, 05/11/02] The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed a long-awaited tough resolution, designed to force Iraq to give up its weapons of mass destruction. [BBC NEWS, London, 08/11/02] Iraqi bloodshed in an U.S.-British air raid. Planes, that entered Iraq on November 28, came from their U.S. bases in Kuwait. Iraqi military staff declared that the assault was directed at civil institutions located about 400 km north of Baghdad in a district belonging to the flight prohibition zone. [Al-Jazeera, 29/11/02] Iraqi coast guard opened fire on approaching boats in order to protect the coast of neighbouring Kuwait. [Al-Jazeera, 03/12/02] In a speech of national alert, Saddam apologized for the invasion of Kuwait 12 years ago. At the same time, a report comprising all Iraqi programmes of rearmament was handed over to the inspectors of the United Nations commission in Baghdad. [Al-Jazeera, 07/12/02] Citations from ARAB NEWS, Saudi Arabia (21/12/02): · Arms inspectors yesterday criticized the United States and its ally Britain for not sharing vital information on Iraq as the two nations prepared for a war in the Gulf. "If the UK and the US are convinced they have evidence, well then one would expect that they would be able to tell us where is this stuff," said Hans Blix, in charge of chemical, biological and ballistic weapons inspection teams in Iraq. ..... A spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mark Gwozdecky, told Reuters the UN nuclear watchdog had also received little help despite being "led to believe that we will be getting some of this information". — · Washington stood alone on Friday in saying Iraq had committed a "material breach" by lying about its weapons programs. Even its closest ally, Britain, stopped short of using the term that could trigger war. "At the moment we simply don't know whether Iraq will be found in breach of the United Nations resolution," Blair said. ... Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Iraq's declaration contains nothing indicating that it is in material breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1441. Ivanov's comment was Russia's first official reaction to the weapons declaration. Ivanov was in Washington for talks on the Middle East. The two other permanent members of the Security Council - China and France - have also refrained from saying Iraq was in "material breach" of the UN resolution. — Citations from ARAB NEWS, Saudi Arabia (24/12/02): · Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said the United States is building up forces "to a level fit for a world war" against the Arab nation. "This is a strategic buildup for a war reaching the level of a world war and targeting ... the entire Arab nation," he told an Afro-Asian solidarity meeting with Iraq. .... Another Iraqi official said Arab and European volunteers would arrive soon to act as human shields to guard vital and strategic installations from US attacks. — · In another development, the UN refugee agency said yesterday (i.e. 23/12/02) it was gearing up for a possible conflict in the Gulf by pre-positioning additional stocks of relief supplies in the Middle East, amid fears of a mass exodus from Iraq. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said relief agencies had asked an unspecified number of donor countries for $37.4 million in emergency funding to cover contingency planning for Iraq, during a meeting in Geneva on Dec. 13. — · Citing "confidential UN planning papers" in New York, British newspaper, The Times, reported earlier that the UN was preparing to help about 900,000 refugees in case of a US-led conflict, which was likely to shatter Iraq’s infrastructure. [The Independent] — Headline of ASHARQ-AL-AWSAT, Riyadh (24/12/02): "First confrontation in the air: [Iraqi] fighter entered the flight prohibition zone and grounded U.S. plane" [that headline is referring to the recent grounding of an unmanned Predator type spy plane] Headlines of AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (24/12/02): · "Whenever Washington declares war to Baghdad: The United Nations are trying to avoid a human catastrophe in Iraq" · "Price of crude oil reaches its highest level for years: Jumping oil [prices] make the [U.S.] Congress call for an injection of stored oil reserves" BBC NEWS, London (31/12/02): Headline: "No Basis for Iraq war now" United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that he sees no basis at present for the use of force against Iraq. Kofi Annan: "I don't see an argument for military action now." An inspector on the search for weapons of mass destruction is cited: "We haven't found an iota of concealed material yet." BABIL ONLINE, Iraq (04/01/03): "Hundreds of Bahreini citizens demonstrate their solidarity with Iraq." AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (11/01/03): · Headline: "Iraq criticizes the common Arabic position regarding U.S. intimidations." The Iraqi vice president Tariq Aziz is cited from a speech he made in Algiers during his recent visit of dif- ferent countries in the Arabic world. · The Greek foreign minister Papandreou communicates a common Euro- pean attitude that requires the proclamation of another resolution made by U.N. Security Council preceding a possible attack on Iraq. · The British aircraft carrier Arc Royal is leaving his port to- day to join another 15 war ships "in order to reinforce British presence in the region". ARAB NREWS, Riyadh (11/01/03): The futile search for the smoking gun is discussed by the Saudian paper ARAB NEWS in a special feature. Hans Blix and his weaponry inspectors are regarded as being irrelevant in the frame of the main question: "Can the outside world trust Saddam Hussein not to acquire, and when the time comes not to use, weapons of mass destruction if he can? Those who urge war must show that he can- not be trusted. Those who oppose war must do the opposite: prove that Saddam Hussein can be trusted." GERMAN NATIONAL TV and other western sources (11/01/03): Turkish prime minister Gül criticizes U.S. plans for a war on Iraq. Up to 90% of all Turkish citizens expected to oppose that war. L'EXPRESS, Paris (18-19/01/03): Headline: "Global mobilisation against the war on Iraq" Numerous demonstrations against a possible war on Iraq in Washington DC and other capitals of the western hemisphere. AL-JAZEERA reports on manifestations directed against the U.S. and Israel in Pakistan (Rawalpindi), Syria (Damascus), Jordan (Amman) and Egypt (Cairo). On 15/01/03, AL-JAZEERA reported that their online polling results had been mani- pulated by an electronic assault on their server. A clear majority of votes that opposed the participation of foreign troops in the toppling of dictatorship in some country has been willfully changed and turned into its contrary. The reliable parts of that polling could be reestablished by BLUEPRINT who had independently recorded the first results. CHICAGO TRIBUNE (20/01/03) and LE MONDE, Paris (22/01/03): Both papers report on Iraqi exiles gathering in Hungary for U.S. military training. LE MONDE is citing local Hungarian papers. For further information and relevant links refer to BLUEPRINT: Background Information on War Preparations. Further facts by GERMAN NATIONAL TV and ARAB NEWS (20-25/01): German minister of foreign affairs is attending a conference in Istanbul where Arabic statesmen are gathering to find a common position in the Iraqi affair. Baghdad is admonished to collaborate with the U.N. weaponry inspectors. AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (26/01/03): Talks between Iran and India on the Iraqi subject. BABIL ONLINE, Iraq, published in Arabic (26/01/2003): Headline: "That's not at all surprising !" Comment: "How can it be that such a crying arises on any modifications and the very succession of news, and how can it be that America is demonstrating the state of urgency that should justify their aggressive attitude and proceedings against Iraq and other countries in the world. It is not a matter of the very moment that nourishes the pretext they announce: Iraq not willing to cooperate on the subject of using weapons of mass destruction. It seems as if politics doesn't find a new start after the incidents of what the Arabs call 11 Ailul and what the [U.S.] name 11 September. ..." [Ailul is the Arabic name for September according to the Syrian calendar used in Iraq. – Translation by Wolfgang Wiesner.] BLUEPRINT: Programmatic speech of President Bush on Capitol Hill (recorded: 29 January 2003, 4 a.m. Central European Time): President G.W. Bush said that "decisions we take will not depend on decisions made by others". "We are not interested in courses but in reaching our goals". The president's speech seemed to be close to a declaration of war when he encouraged U.S. troops. He announced that secretary of state Colin Powell would soon offer evidence of Saddam Hussein still developing and storing weapons of mass destruction. As to the U.N. weaponry commission in Iraq, the president stated that the inspectors' task was "to testify the disarmament, proven on the spot by Iraqi authorities, rather than search a spacious country for hidden weapons".
WASHINGTON POST, 9/02/2003: Headline: "NATO Allies Trade Barbs Over Iraq - Rumsfeld: Critics Are Undermining Alliance's Strength" Excerpts from the original text: "Rumsfeld told a largely European audience at a conference on international security in Munich, Germany, that "diplomacy has been exhausted, almost." ... He said France and Germany face diplomatic isolation with their opposition to an attack on Iraq. ..... German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, whose speech immedi- ately followed Rumsfeld's, seemed taken aback by the relent- lessness of the U.S. defense secretary's criticism. On the question of attacking Iraq, Fischer asked several times: "Why now? . . . Are we in a situation where we should resort to violence now?" At one point Fischer faced the U.S. delegation to the confe- rence and, switching from German to English, pointedly said, "Excuse me, I am not convinced." Fischer also warned the United States against biting off more than it can chew in Afghanistan and the Middle East. "You're going to have to occupy Iraq for years and years," he said. "Are Americans ready for this?" If the U.S. public balks at the costs of a long-term military presence in Iraq, he said, then the U.S. military might withdraw from Iraq prematurely, further destabilizing the Middle East. ..... The French defense minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, joined the counterattack, raising her eyebrows at the "combative tone" of Rumsfeld's comments. "Ad hoc coalitions" are a precarious approach that can't replace the alliance, she cautioned. ..... The day exposed extraordinary tension between the United States and two of its main European allies, and also among European officials themselves. While all sides condemned the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, they clashed repeatedly on how to deal with him. ..... A few blocks from the conference site, thousands of German antiwar demonstrators gathered despite a heavy snowstorm in support of their government's position. With hundreds of police officers nearby, the protesters rallied in a square in downtown Munich under signs such as "Remember Vietnam," "Christian Bombs for Muslim Oil" and "Rummy Go Home." ..... Another banner said, "Welcome to Cuba", an allusion to Rums- feld's remark at a congressional hearing last week that the only nations determined not to help the U.S. attack Iraq are Cuba, Germany and Libya. ..." Additional remarks by the editor of BLUEPRINT magazine: - As usual, the conference's meeting place was heavily guarded by masses of policemen, such transforming the center of Munich into a fortress. Nevertheless, diffe- rent groups showed up and peacefully demonstrated their opposition to any war on Iraq. Even Munich's mayor Ude expressed his antiwar position, and it cannot be denied that a majority of German citizens, supporters of their government or not, refuse to accept those questionable arguments brought about by the Bush administration. - German relatives of U.S. secretary of state Rumsfeld in northern Germany frankly expressed their displeasure about their descendant's way of treating international politics (seen in a news briefing of GERMAN NATIONAL TV).
AL-JAZEERA, 11-12/02/03 and AL-ARAB, 13/02/03: Bin Laden expressing his support for the Iraqi nation without standing by Saddam Hussein. [Excerpts from the original text of an audio record and a general evalua- tion given on a special site.]

恐怖主义的先知拉登(拉丹)在最新的唱片表示 他帮助伊拉克的人民但是不加强 Saddam 的政府。

WASHINGTON POST, 15/02/03: Worldwide demonstrations against military action in Iraq uniting millions of people in the streets of Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid, Rome and Sydney. THE TIMES, London, 27/02/03: Scenes of turmoil in the House of Commons when prime minister Tony Blair put his strategic plans to the test. Though winning a sufficient majority for his further proceedings in the Iraq issue, he had to face the violent opposition of 199 members of parliament, i.e. almost one third of the Commons. 121 opponents belong to the Labour party, Blair's own base of power. AL-HYAT, 25/02/03: Main headline: "Its the U.S. plan to hold Iraq responsible for having ignored their last chance." Front page photo: German soldier guarding an AWACS plane that is ready for take-off and heading for Turkey. Summary of events: – U.S. troops move to Jordan. – Chief inspector Blix launches an ultimatum towards Baghdad [regarding the destruction of Al-Samoud missiles whose range is exceeding 150 km. Realisation requested by 1st March.] – The Vatikan is regarding that war on Iraq, not covered by international support, as a "crime against peace". BAVARIA 5, German radio station, other western sources, 2/03/03: – Iraq has finished the destruction of several Al-Samoud missiles. – The Turkish parliament unexpectedly rejected an U.S. request to increase its troops in their country that is neighbouring Iraq. ARAB NEWS, Riyadh (2/03/2003): Citations from their report "Drama at Arab League Summit": Sharm El-Sheikh, 2 March 2003 – Leaders from 22 Arab countries yesterday strongly opposed the planned US-led military attack on Iraq as a threat to Arab national security, and said their countries would not participate in any war. A final communique issued after the one-day summit here also blasted the "attempts to impose changes in the region", in a reference to US demands that President Saddam Hussein be re- moved from power. .....
BAVARIA 5, German radio station, other western sources, 17/03/03: The Bush administration abstains from reaching another resolution in the United Nations Security Council. Saddam Hussein is offered a 48 hours limit to resign and leave his country, together with his sons. Saddam refuses to do so. British prime minister Tony Blair reaches a majority of votes in the House of Commons on the issue of a war on Iraq without another resolution of the U.N. That majority is only achieved with the help of Blair's opposition in parliament as about 130 members of his own stronghold, the ruling Labour party, deny any support of the prime minister's plans. The world is waiting for the beginning of Gulf War III. BLUEPRINT: President Bush announces the begin of Gulf War III. (recorded: 20 March 2003, 4:15 a.m. Central European Time): In his speech, Bush indicated that this war might take more time than could be presumed from current rumours on military concepts of the U.S. At the same time, first news on a Baghdad air raid reached European radio stations. The twenty days of war that follow Bush's announcement are characterized by heavy U.S. bombing of an already rotten Iraqi infrastructure and by the steadily rising number of civilian victims, killed or wounded rather by U.S. shelling than by Iraqi counterattacks. Thanks to an international group of reporters we know about that. A British Body Count made by BBC, London (11/04/2003), comes to the following result : THE HUMAN COST OF WAR US: 99 dead (including 26 in non-combat accidents, 5 to “friendly fire”, 2 under investigation), 8 missing UK: 30 dead (including 16 in non-combat accidents, 5 to “friendly fire”) Iraq: At least 1252 civilian deaths (old regime figures, released 03/04/03), military deaths unknown AL-JAZEERA (10/04/03): Being among the most credible sources of latest proceedings in Iraq, Al-Jazeera looses one of their reporters in Baghdad. “Friendly” U.S. shelling hits their office as it is hitting Hotel Palestine, some streets away and known to host nothing but newsmen and women from all over the world. Some journal- ists loose their lives or remain seriously wounded in both mysterious incidents that precede final U.S. installation in the center of Baghdad. An international community of journal- ists calls it a war crime. AL-JAZEERA (19/4/03): Sunnite and Shiite scholars from Baghdad assembled in emotional protest against U.S. occupation forces the day before. The masses were screaming their adage that makes a rhyme in Standard Arabic: "No to the U.S., no to Saddam – yes, yes to Islam !" During their yearly pilgrimage to Kerbela, which had been forbidden under Saddam Hussein, thousands of Shiites ex- pressed their dislike of U.S. presence in Iraq [different western sources]. AL-JAZEERA (25/04/03): Tariq Aziz, the former minister of foreign affairs under Saddam Hussein, reportedly surrendered to the U.S. occu- pation forces.

Please note :
This site is dealing with
the suite of events up to
May 2003 when the Bush
administration considered
the war on Iraq to be won.
Later events are collected
on a brandnew webpage:
Independence Day 2003

Demonstration demanding a
lift of the sanctions that have
been put on Iraq. [Al-Jazeera]

An attack on Iraq will
open the doors of hell
in the Middle East.

Amr Moussa,
secretary-general of the Arab League,
after president G. Bush demonstrating
his firm will to attack on Iraq within
the next four weeks (06/09/2002).

Iraqi citizens in a Baghdad coffeehouse
awaiting latest radio news on the U.S.
preparing to launch an attack on their
country. [Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 09/10/02]

Opposition on Capitol Hill

Chinese daily reporting on its main page:
U.N. weaponry inspection is fighting the
"back thrust" of their mission - Two tons
of Uranium discovered and a hospital for
contagious diseases searched. U.S. say
that Iraq is "producing" smallpox virus.
[Xing Dao, Europ. edition, 16/12/2002]
The depleted Uranium found is already
known to IAEA in Vienna and believed
to serve different civil purpose in Iraq.
Washington announced that President
George Bush has lately been vaccinat-
ed against smallpox. [Western media]

Kofi Annan, Hans Blix, President G. Bush,
Christian children in Baghdad celebrating
the Holy Night [pictures: December 2002]

exploding price for crude oil
[AL-JAZEERA, 24/12/02]
OPEC has decided to increase
oil production rates in order to
"soothe" the market after new
riots in Venezuela and grow-
ing tensions in the Iraqi crisis.
[western sources, 13/01/03]

"Iraq: According to France, there
is nothing that justifies the war"
Headline from the main page of
LE MONDE, Paris, 22/01/03.
French president Chirac and German
chancellor Schröder are celebrating
their total agreement on that point
while British hardliner Blair and the
bloodshedding U.S. monster are sit-
ting apart [ main page caricature ].

The common position of Germany &
France in the United Nations Securi-
ty Council is supported by PR China.
Chinese publications launch critical
articles on the U.S. striving for war.

In the aftermath of President Bush
speaking to the U.S. Congress, the
Palestinian daily ALQUDS AL-ARABI
is presenting the following news:
· Kuwait is threatening Baghdad with
an enormous price they'll have to
pay in case of Iraq launching an
attack on them.
· Bush is preparing the proclamation
of war against Iraq.
· A task force of - 41 - U.S. soldiers
already entered Iraqi territory........
[Alquds Al-Arabi, 29/01/03]

CLICK HERE to learn more
about Saddam's secret weapons.

The German minister of foreign affairs
and temporary president of the U.N.O.
Security Council, Mr. Joschka Fischer.

THE TIMES, London, 27/02/03:
Headlines: "Labour mutiny leaves
Blair out on a limb." ..... "Case for
Iraq war rejected in biggest-ever
government rebellion."

Baghdad in Flames

Following an incident that left
62 citizens of Baghdad dead
on a crowded market place,
March 28, after continuous
U.S. shelling of the Iraqi ca-
pital since the beginning of
war : An Egyptian professor
of law from Cairo university,
one of the judges of the na-
tional war crimes court and
who has already participated
in sessions against war crimi-
nals, is considering that very
incident as an example of war
crime and a crime against hu-
manity according to the laws
that are generally accepted.

[AL-JAZEERA interview with
Prof. Fuad Abad Al-Manaem
Riad, published 29/03/2003]

looters greeting
their liberators

CLICK here and learn more about
anti-American demonstrations in a
period of destruction and anarchy
that followed the era of Saddam.
[photos by BBC London 15/04/03]

100.000 U.S. troops bending forward in anticipation of the beginning.
Iraq, too proud to admit mistakes, says: Cut off the invaders' heads!
[Chinese magazine "", 07/08/2002]

Comment on Iraq: A lift of sanctions is needed first.
[Chinese magazine "", 07/08/2002]



four possible scenarios
considered (07/08/02)

U.S. plans (1) and (3) obviously include military support from Turkey
and Qatar. Plan (2) is based on individual attacks of special targets
(i.e. biological and chemical warfare facilities), while plan (4) is
directed against the capital of Bagdad, the center of Saddam's power.

Actual Preparations of U.S. Military (09/09/02)
Click here for detailed information !

Public opinion in the Arabic World

based on polling results of Al-Jazeera, Qatar. 30.7.-2.8.02 Will America proceed to hitting Iraq before a suspension of Palestinian uprise (Intifada) ? yes no no idea 72.5% 22.4% 5.2% 11.8.-14.8.02 / 32.349 participants What could save Iraq from expected U.S. attack ? - A return of the monitoring commission : 11.9% - The abdication of Saddam : 35.2% - Iraq communicating its firm position : 45.6% - No idea : 7.3% 20.8.-23.8.02 / 27.629 participants As to the Arabic nations, decided to avoid an attack on Iraq, what kind of action should be their duty ? - A diplomatic demarche : 18.2% - A normalization of their relations with Baghdad : 43.7% - The initialization of a summit to be held in Baghdad : 29.9% - No idea : 8.2% 23.8.-26.8.02 / 28.257 participants Regarding an attack on Iraq, do you predict a decrease of its probability in the present situation ? yes no no idea 38.9% 57% 4% 30.8.-2.9.02 / 26.850 participants Do you predict that the controversy between America and their allies will lead to a fail- ure of their directive to stage a military coup against Iraq ? yes no no idea 34.6% 62.1% 3.3% 2.9.-5.9.02 / 28.750 participants Do you count on the stability of the European position, now opposing an attack on Iraq ? yes no no idea 33.1% 63.8% 3% 15.9.-19.9. / 43.816 participants Do you confirm that the Arabic nations will support a military coup, launched against Iraq, in case of the United Nations passing a [consenting] resolution ? yes no no idea 76.8% 20.3% 2.9% 19.9.-22.9. / 35.483 participants Are the United States of America likely to launch an attack on Iraq, even though Iraq accepted the return of [U.N.] inspectors ? yes no no idea 87.1% 10.2% 2.8%

Countdown on Iraq already started ?

Comment by Al-Jazeera (04/08/2002). "Has the countdown really been started on the actual system of power in Iraq, or will that affair turn into nothing more than an integrating part of psychological warfare, practised by the United States of America by means of its information machinery and a gigantic diplomacy on the basis of a pursuit of political profit ? ... As to the problem, - propagated by the U.S administration and from which they derive the essen- tial legitimacy for its annihilation -, does it really lie in the actual system of power ? Or does it hide that systematic proceeding of the U.S., finally leading to an opening of Iraq and the entire Middle East by making use of the "Father of Evil" [S. Hussein], yet without experiencing any consequences." Click here to read the Arabic text !

Further polling results on Iraq
and other subjects related to
the Arabic world are available
on another special website of
BLUEPRINT magazine.

Is Iraq really threatening the U.S. ?

Comment by Renmin Wang / People's Network, the Chinese online edition of Renmin Ribao / Reople's Daily, Peking, (16/08/02). ... When the U.S. are going to hit Iraq, they have besides their magnificent argument of "fighting terrorism" another long-term goal, promising to eliminate the danger for Israel's security. As a separate aspect, the strategic intention of the U.S. in Central Asia comes into view, when we start looking at today's common people in the U.S.A. and their cry against war: "Don't shed blood for oil". ...

Readers' opinion, communicated by semi-official Renmin Wang :

The U.S. are those who pose a threat to worldwide peace. A country possessing weapons of mass destruction will not stop Iraq.



美国打击伊拉克除了“反恐”的 堂皇理由之外,还有为以色列的 安全消除隐患的长远目的。另一 方面,从当前美国民众“不要为 石油而流血”的反战呼声中,也 可以看出美国在中东的战略意图。 对世界和平构成威胁的是美国 有大规模杀伤性武器的国家不止伊拉克

"The forces of evil will carry their coffins on their backs,
die in disgraceful failure, taking their schemes back with
them, or digging their own graves."

Recent words of Ali Baba bin Hussein, recorded from a memorial
speech that marked the end of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, and
cited by the U.S. magazine NEWSWEEK (August 19, 2002).

Excerpt from the article "Le joker de Saddam"
that has been published in the French magazine
L'EXPRESS (19/09/2002)

All borders in the Middle East genuinely date
from the 1920s, from a crumbling of the Ottoman
empire and a division into colonies. Existing
together, within one single state, are differ-
ent forms of islamism and different peoples as
well. Arabia became "Saudi", within its actual
borders, only after 1932 when the Saudis united
their peninsula on the remains of the Hashemite
dynasty that now reigns Jordan, a heterogeneous
and fragile country, after having equally reign-
ed in Iraq up to the end of the 1950s.

A military intervention in Baghdad could therefore
provoque a Balkanic chaos in the Middle East, while
it remains uncertain whether the U.S. are willing to
engage sufficiently and long enough, with personnel
and money, to get that process under control. Anyway,
peace should be preferred to war, .........

[English version by Wolfgang Wiesner]

Toutes les frontières du Proche-
Orient datent en effet des années
1920, de l'effondrement de l'Empire
ottoman et des partages coloniaux.
Partout coexistent, dans les mêmes
Etats, des islams différents, des
peuples, aussi. L'Arabie elle-même
n'est devenue "saoudite", dans ses
frontières actuelles, qu'en 1932,
quand les Saoud ont unifié la pé-
ninsule au détriment de la dynastie
hachémite, qui règne aujourd'hui
dans un pays hétérogène et fragile,
la Jordanie, après avoir également
régné en Irak jusqu'à la fin des
années 1950.

Une intervention militaire à Bagdad
pourrait donc provoquer un chaos
balkanique au Proche-Orient, sans
qu'on puisse être sûr de la volonté
des Etats-Unis de suffisamment
s'impliquer, et assez longtemps, en
hommes et en argent, pour maîtriser
ce processus. A tout point de vue,
la paix est préférable à la guerre,

The False Caliph

... And [the vizir Jaafar] said:
"Listen Master, my companion [who
was the genuine caliph Harun-Al-
Rashid] remarked traces on your
side that remind him of whipping
and caning. Thereupon being much
astonished he asked himself:"How
could it be that the Caliph has
been beaten ?"
And he would like
to know the reason why." Hearing
these words, the young man showed
a broad smile and replied: "Note
that my story is most unusual and
that my adventure will surprise
you. Engraved in the corner of
my eye with the help of a pencil,
it might serve as a lesson for
those willing to listen."

(excerpt from "The 1001 Nights")

"Being strangers you have nothing to fear",
said the false caliph. "But if you were from
Baghdad, I would have your heads cut off."

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