||Issue No. 209||20 February 2004|
Regions To Be Cheerful
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
A Casual Affair
Latham Is A Bad Man
Letters to the Editor
Despite the fact that more than 10,000 innocent civilians were killed in the attack on Iraq, Australian PM, John HoWARd says he has „no regrets‰ and never will. Howard should be in no doubt about his popularity as opinion polls at home show he still has 51% support. But in reality, world opinion is against him. Billions of people, including world leaders, recognise the attack on Iraq was wrong; and he must be held accountable ˜ the world must never forgive or forget.
Howard lied about weapons of mass destruction; he lied about Iraq being an imminent threat and he continues to lie.
Australian involvement in the attack has been downplayed, but it should not be underestimated. Although only 2000 Australian troops took part, Australian airplanes dropped 46,000kgs. Ironically, Australians managed to target 3000 sites for bombing, but could not even identify one site used for weapons of mass destruction.
But it is not enough to call the war a „mistake‰. Because Australia has ratified the International Criminal Court (ICC), John Howard can and should indeed be held accountable and tried by the ICC.
Under the precedent set by the US in the Nuremberg trials after World War II, belligerents like Howard could be charged with a variety of crimes including war of aggression, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity.
The Australian administration is now trying to cover up its lies and deceptions. The Australian media has tried to portray our troops as heroes, but it has been difficult to convince the public that they deserve medals for an attack where most of those killed were women and children.
March 20th is the anniversary of the attack on Iraq and I encourage all those who marched against the war to attend memorial services and marches in respect for the innocent Iraq victims.
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