Ron & Robert Baker and the Children of Light
Time to respond

Hello everyone.

We are doing something very unusual for Children of Light.  We are sending a more detailed email in response to the events of the last few days.  We ask you to consider what we share and search your own hearts.  We also encourage you to stand in the truth of your heart.  Some people feel that a "spiritual site" should not get involved with politics.  However, we want you to know that we are a site about empowerment - that means a marrying of the spiritual with the physical.  That requires a response to all aspects of our lives.  We will continue to share all that we can to encourage awakening and responding in love and solution.
There has been more talk about war as a continued way to dominate, with no real solution to anything.  As most of you know, we have been passing on clear, empowering information for years.  The reason we have done this as a free service is we believe it is vital to educate people in this time - to wake up and respond, to choose life rather than fear.
Gabriel has informed us for years about what would be taking place in our world, as the light first reveals what is out of balance.  This will lead to healing shifts only as people respond to what is happening.  We live in a world in many countries where we have been seduced by our conveniences, toys and options.  That has in many ways left us like little children who have never learned to grow up and get involved in community for the highest good of all.
It is often the case in our work that we discover people have not known how to have a personal vision, much less one that connects us all together for the good of the whole.  However, unless we wake up and begin to learn how to get involved, we will find ourselves duped by the agendas and control of a few.
As long as we stay in fear and do not learn how to go inside to heal these things, we will continue to numb out and hope that the big people (like governments) will just take care of it all for us.  That is not happening.  It never has.  But we have gotten used to certain comfort zones.  We have not wanted them shaken up.  But the time has come for the world to change unlike anything we have known.
Simply ask yourself, "Does change threaten my sense of safety?"  Or "Do I embrace change as the opportunity to grow?"
Gabriel has been so accurate for these last ten years.  We have watched each step unfold before our eyes.
Gabriel has shared in the last year or so the agendas behind this "war on terrorism."  Fortunately, there are many others who are committed to getting this information out to educate.  So we want to make you all aware that Gabriel has confirmed there are many agendas of control taking place behind the scenes and before our very eyes.
The people of the United States and England do not wish to dominate and hurt others.  But we will be seen in the same way Germany was seen just a few decades ago if we do not consider the possibility that we are being duped.
I am writing this letter because as we have reached the anniversary for 9/11, we have been reminded of fear and threat.  There are many unanswered questions.  But most people have not trained themselves to question, only to hope that we will be taken care of.  We believe it is time to change that - to learn how to take charge of our lives, to wake up and listen to the power of our hearts.

We can only expect our Congress to represent us as we learn to communicate - to speak up and share what we need.  Unless we communicate, we many watch the Bush/Blair agenda go ahead after oil and control in the name of protecting us. 
This is not about spreading fear.  On the contrary, it is about waking people up to look deeper at all possibility, seeking the deepest truth that will serve the good of the whole.  when we are in fear, we tend to go into a "me focus" of survival.  This will always create a me against "them" scenario.  However, if we learn to reach out and share and seek the good of the whole, we will learn how to come together to create the world that is important to us as a whole.
If indeed we go ahead with war on Iraq, we will find ourselves challenging almost all of our allies, as well as some other major powers of the world like China and Russia.  It is important to do research.  If you look to who would benefit the most by taking over the oil reserves, as well as going to war it becomes a little clearer. 
One of the primary players in this event is the Carlyle Group.  They are the munitions company that would supply the war primarily.  This company just happens to be headed by Bush, Sr. (and Dick Cheney.)  Our present government is also loaded with oil families with great investments and interest in a war with the Middle East.  They have already invested millions of dollars to get the oil out through Afghanistan and want to continue that path - an attempt to take over the worlds largest oil reserves in the Middle East.

So as we move through the anniversary to 9/11, ask yourself what you learned about you and your involvement in the world.  Did you discover that you feel empowered to respond to life and to change?  Did you discover that you have a pro-active approach to life?  Did you discover that you are willing to stand in your truth?  Or did you find yourself shutting down in fear, unsure how to deal with your feelings?  Did you feel powerless and unsure how you could do anything in the fact of something "so big?" 
The most empowering approach to life that we know is to learn from what each moment teaches us about ourselves.  If we discover that we need to improve at certain aspects of our lives to feel the true power that lies within each one of us, then we have been well-served.  If we learn to come together to become that much more powerful to create something wonderful, then we have been served in the best possible way.
So we are encouraging you to listen to your hearts, to pay attention to what is going on, to watch what laws are being presented.  For instance, there were TONS of laws put into motion last year while the country was in deep fear and survival reaction.
I spoke with a Senator's representatives, the people who work around them every day.  They say that our calls make a big difference.  They want to know what the people are asking, saying, sharing.  So please take time to share.
We, at Children of Light, stand for an empowered world of equal individuals.  That is what Gabriel has been sharing as well.  And he has shared that it is time to wake up and respond.  Otherwise, we will find our world taking a direction that leads us deeper into fear, war, destruction, etc. 
Gabriel has been very clear to say that there are MANY, MANY more of us (the people)....than the few who seek to control.  By joining together and seeking solutions (not opposing those who seek to control), we will learn how to respond and know ourselves as powerful together.
With this letter, we are including an email we recently received with many perspectives about the Iraq situation which has been conveniently introduced on the anniversary of 9/11. 
In New York City, we gathered together a powerful, loving group on Wednesday for the worldwide meditation.  Together we were a powerful reminder that it is possible to join with one another in community and seek the best for the whole.  We are learning that solutions and response are possible. And we are encouraging you to join with us in that vision.  
So search your hearts.  We will continue to present information and support as we go through this together.
Ron Baker and Robert Baker
First and foremost, we encourage you to write or call your particular state's leaders, senators and congress people.  Or call them all if you have time.
One example

   Senator Robert G. Torricelli
   Local Phone: 973-624-5555
   DC Phone:    202-224-3224
   DC Fax:      202-224-8567

   Senator Jon Corzine
   Local Phone: 973-645-3030
   DC Phone:    202-224-4744
   DC Fax:      202-228-2197
Now a great compilation of thoughts to consider...

From: Jean Hudon <>
Subject: Defeating the U.S. War Plans Series #1: Earth To Rambush: NO IRAQ WAR! ---

Hello everyone

I've done quite a bit of research to prepare this compilation for you. Give
it a look and explore the additional resources if you have some time on
your hands to learn more about all this.

Time to take action! (suggestions below)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

"An immense effect may be produced by small powers wisely and steadily
directed"  ( That means all of us - not just "them.")

- Webster


1. Officials: No cause for alarm over Iraq
2. Oppose US war against Iraq! Build an international movement against
4. Iraq Peace Pledge

See also:

Mandela: U.S. Threat to World Peace (Sept 12)
"Neither Bush nor Tony Blair has provided any evidence that such weapons
exist. But what we know is that Israel has weapons of mass destruction.
Nobody talks about that," he said. (...) U.S. policy toward Iraq "is
motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the arms and oil industries
in the United States of America," he said.

Austin Against War: Iraq (This is a *MUST SEE!* for anyone interested in
real serious info)

Testimony Prepared for Hearings on Iraq Policy Senate Foreign Relations
Committee (31 July 2002)
This is by Phyllis Bennis - I saw her tonight on MSNBC and she is Most
(...) The most recent leaked military plan for invading Iraq, the so-called
"inside-out" plan based on a relatively small contingent of U.S. ground
troops with heavy reliance on air strikes, would focus first and primarily
on Baghdad. The Iraqi capital is described as being ringed with Saddam
Hussein's crack troops and studded with anti-aircraft batteries. What is
never mentioned in the report is the inconvenient fact that Baghdad is also
a crowded city of four to five million people; a heavy air bombardment
would cause the equivalent human catastrophe of heavy air bombardment of
Los Angeles. CLIP

We, The People, Can Stop a War
Most Americans know deep down that this impending war with Iraq makes no
sense. Our task is to turn latent misgivings into blatant opposition. (...)
This time, we taxpayers would foot the entire $80 billion bill.

Playing skittles with Saddam (Sept 3),7792,785394,00.html
The game plan among Washington's hawks has long been to reshape the Middle
East along US-Israeli lines. (...) For the hawks, disorder and chaos
sweeping through the region would not be an unfortunate side-effect of war
with Iraq, but a sign that everything is going according to plan.

Bush address to UN - Transcript

Israel's Iraq Dilemma (August 30) IMPORTANT REVEALING ARTICLE!
Israeli leaders are overjoyed at the prospect of a U.S. invasion -- but it
isn't good politics to admit it.

Can 'Preemption' Preempt Redemption? (September 10)
Could it be that the Bush family, along with many of the most powerful and
corrupt corporate interests across the globe, have decided capriciously
that the oil under the country of Iraq is a commodity to which they have an
absolute right, because they have the absolute power to take it? Are we
witnessing true concern for the safety of the American People in action, or
are we witnessing one of the grandest thefts in history?

The Cost of War

Coming Soon: "Total War" On the Middle East (August 29)

Former Arms Inspector Scott Ritter Doubts Iraq Capability


The army of media pundits, cabinet members, and military experts arrayed in
favor of an attack on Iraq have one startling fact in common. Not one of
them has a shred of wartime experience.

Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War
An excellent resource for truth on a subject that America's mass media
tends to ignore and hide the truth about. This book focuses on an urgent
issue that must be addressed and changed soon, if we want to stop the
continuous genocide.

Excerpted from Iraq Under Siege : The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War
(at the same URL as above)
"Iraqi children are totally innocent of oil power politics. All those who
prevent the lifting of sanctions, including Madeleine Albright, are not.
One line disclaimers of responsibility may appear suavely diplomatic, but
the children are dead and we have seen them dying. According to the UN
itself, they died as a direct result of the embargo on commerce with Iraq.
Many United Nations members favored significantly easing these sanctions.
The US government and Madeleine Albright as its spokesperson prevented that
from happening. This economic embargo continues warfare against Iraq, a
silent war in which only the weakest, most vulnerable and innocent
non-combatant civilians-women, children and families-continue to suffer."

Iraq Under Siege: a book review
This book says: "The United States and Britain were the major suppliers of
chemical and biological weapons to Iraq in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq
War." (68) and "Those sales [of biological weapons from the US to Iraq]
continued even after the Iraqi regime actually used chemical weapons
against its own Kurdish population in Halabja in northern Iraq and against
Iranian troops on the border in clear violation of a host of international
conventions." (...) "The United States only became concerned with Iraq's
military potential in 1990, after the invasion of Kuwait. The US supplied
Iraq with most of its weapons. Just one day before Iraq invaded Kuwait,
then-President George Bush approved and signed a shipment of advanced data
transmission equipment to Iraq." (...) Again and again Iraq Under Siege
brings startling facts to the forefront, facts that you won't hear on the
evening news. 500,000 children have died from the sanctions, for example,
which is apparently a worthwhile price. Or that the Pentagon spends $1
billion a year to maintain its force in the region, a force that continues
to attack Iraq daily. Or the startling emergence of cancer among Iraqis,
especially children, apparently due to depleted uranium from U.S. weapons.
(...) What system of ethics governs U.S. foreign policy? We complain about
Iraq's nuclear capacity when we're the only nation ever to use nuclear
weapons and the number one proliferater of those weapons. We complain about
Iraq's use of chemical weapons when we're the nation that supplied Iraq
with those chemical weapons in the first place. Certainly the world needs
to be wary of who has such devasting weapons, but perhaps we should look in
the mirror. CLIP

Iraq Under Siege The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War Edited by Anthony

Blair and Bush Face Revolt Over Attack On Iraq

Mr Bush and Mr Blair have still not produced the evidence to justify war

Opposition Is Growing to Blair's Stand on Iraq

Poll Finds Unease on Terror Fight and Concerns About War on Iraq

U.S. Rift With Allies on World Court Widens

US organizing terrorist groups against Iran

Weapons of Mass Destruction - Intelligence Threat Assessments
List of States with Weapons of Mass Destruction

World Nuclear Arsenals 1996

Bush's New Nuclear Threat (August 14)

War on Iraq (All Alternet articles on Iraq)

Yahoo! Full Coverage on Iraq

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Officials: No cause for alarm over Iraq

Views contrast Bush warnings; U.S. intelligence data questioned

September 7, 2002


WASHINGTON -- Senior U.S. officials with access to top secret intelligence
about Iraq said they have detected no alarming increase in the threat posed
to U.S. security and regional stability by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The officials said there are no indications that Iraq has obtained the
plutonium or enriched uranium needed for a nuclear bomb. Nor does current
intelligence suggest that Iraq is poised to unleash chemical or biological
weapons against Israel or other countries in the region, they said.

Those views contrast sharply with Vice President Dick Cheney's warnings
that Hussein will soon have a nuclear weapon or supply a weapon of mass
destruction to terrorists.

Those warnings are fueling the administration's drive to convince skeptical
allies, members of Congress and the American public that the war on
terror's next military front may be Iraq.

The officials insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive nature of
intelligence information and an apparent desire not to be seen as disputing
administration policy. None of the officials said they were critical of the
Bush administration's stance.

Sanctions, U.S. military containment and unobstructed UN inspections are
the best way to prevent Iraq from developing weapons of mass destruction,
say critics of the administration's plan.

(...) "As far as I know, there is no significant reporting that indicates
that the Iraqis have significantly advanced themselves in the weapons of
mass destruction arena," said a senior U.S. intelligence official who does
believe the focus on Iraq is hurting the hunt for the Al Qaeda terrorist

"Do I have a smoking gun? No," said another a U.S. official. "Can I tell
you we've been looking like crazy? Yes."

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Oppose US war against Iraq! Build an international movement against imperialism!

Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board

9 September 2002

The World Socialist Web Site condemns the US war drive against Iraq and
calls on all working people, youth and opponents of militarism in America
and around the world to launch a popular movement against imperialist war,
in opposition to Bush, the Democrats, and all other representatives of the
US corporate and political elite.

In making an assessment of a great historical event-the headlong drive by
American imperialism towards global war-it is necessary to call things by
their right names, and not be disoriented or overawed by the flood of
propaganda which emanates from the White House, Pentagon and Congress,
amplified through the American media.

What Bush is proposing, and Congress is preparing to endorse, is a war of
plunder by the most powerful nation in the world against one of the
weakest. With the second largest oil reserves of any country, Iraq is a
rich prize for ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and the rest of corporate America.
When Bush speaks of "regime change" he means the replacement of an
independent Iraq by a semi-colonial regime, headed by an American stooge
like Hamid Karzai, the US-installed president of Afghanistan, which would
cede effective control of the country's resources to American and British

No amount of name-calling against Saddam Hussein can transform Iraq into a
significant strategic threat to the United States. The apocalyptic warnings
by Bush, Vice President Cheney and other spokesmen for the
administration-claiming that an Iraqi attack on the United States with
chemical, biological or nuclear weapons is imminent-are a cynical attempt
to stampede US public opinion. These claims are lies, and Bush, Cheney &
Co. know they are lies, but they know they will not be challenged by the
corrupt American media or the Democratic Party.

War against Iraq sets the stage for further bloody conflicts, which
threaten death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. In a recent
commentary in the Washington Post, former national security adviser
Zbigniew Brzezinski cautioned that a preemptive attack on Iraq would have a
profoundly destabilizing effect on the entire structure of international
relations. Its enemies would portray the United States as a "global
gangster," he warned. The term is more revealing than perhaps intended: the
Bush administration is preparing to launch what is seen throughout the
world as a criminal enterprise.

A program of Nazi-like aggression

The US government has embarked on a program of military violence and
political provocation on a scale not seen since the days of the Nazis. This
comparison is neither far-fetched nor rhetorical. In publicly proclaiming
the doctrine of preemptive attack-in other words, war initiated for
aggressive purposes, with barely a pretense of self-defense-Bush & Co. are
preparing to commit the principal crime for which leaders of Nazi Germany
and imperial Japan were placed on trial after World War II, convicted and

There is reason to believe that Bush administration officials are aware
that they could face prosecution under the Nuremberg precedent that the
Nazis were guilty of the crime of "waging aggressive war" when they carried
out the unprovoked invasions of Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, the
Netherlands and other neighboring countries. Hence the strident US campaign
to exempt American military and foreign policy personnel from the
jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, set up under UN auspices
to deal with charges of war crimes.

As the New York Times reported in an extraordinary article September 7,
"The Bush administration is shifting its emphasis in seeking exemptions for
Americans from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court,
telling European allies that a central reason is to protect the country's
top leaders from being indicted, arrested or hauled before the court on war
crimes charges, administration officials say."

US officials cited the legal actions brought against former secretary of
state Henry Kissinger in Chilean and American courts, on charges that he
was responsible for the mass killings which accompanied the 1973 CIA-backed
military coup in Chile that established the dictatorship of General Augusto
Pinochet. A top US official told the Times that the administration was
concerned, not about American soldiers who might commit atrocities, "the
Lieutenant Calleys of the future," but about possible war crimes
prosecution of "the top public officials-President Bush, Secretary
Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell."

The Bush administration apes the "big lie" technique of Hitler and Goebbels
in its attempt to portray Iraq as a deadly menace. This campaign relies on
public ignorance of the most elementary facts. Iraq is an impoverished
country already devastated by American attack only a decade ago. It is not
and cannot be a threat to the United States, the military power which
dwarfs any other on the globe.

Iraq is, in terms of population, the forty-fourth largest country in the
world. In terms of land area it is only fifty-sixth, ranking on both counts
even lower than Afghanistan. The disparity between Iraq and the US in
economic power is staggering. Iraq had a GDP of $57 billion in 2000-less
than the personal wealth of a single American, Bill Gates. The $11 trillion
US economy is 200 times larger than that of Iraq, whose economic output
places it just below Burma and Sri Lanka and just ahead of Guatemala and

As for military power, the gap is even greater. In the 1991 Persian Gulf
War, tens of thousands of Iraqi conscripts were incinerated by US bombs,
missiles and other high-tech weapons, while only a few hundred American
soldiers lost their lives. In the intervening decade, Iraq has been
subjected to an economic blockade and bombed repeatedly, and the Iraqi
military has shrunk to one third its 1990 size. Meanwhile the Pentagon has
been built up to the point where the US military budget now exceeds the
combined total of military spending by the next 25 countries in the world.

The class character of the war

The fundamental character of a war is defined by the class nature and
historical position of the states involved. The United States is the most
powerful imperialist country, which seeks to dominate the globe. Its
impending attack on Iraq is the culmination of two decades of increasingly
reckless and aggressive behavior, in the course of which American forces
have bombed, attacked, occupied or organized armed subversion in more than
a dozen countries: Nicaragua, Panama, Grenada, Haiti, Somalia, Sudan,
Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the various states and
fragments comprising the former Yugoslavia.

CLIP - Read the rest at

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George Bush is MOVING AHEAD with his plans for WAR ON IRAQ. Your letters to
Congress and the editor are very important. Please write letters even if
you've written before. Visit Project VoteSmart at to find out who your elected
representatives are.


Attacking Iraq will not reduce the threat of terrorist attacks on the
United States. In fact, if American military forces attack Iraq, this will
increase the likelihood of another terrorist attack on the United States.
There is already considerable resentment in the Arab world over U.S. bases
in Saudi Arabia, a long history of US military actions against Arab states
to satisfy our ever increasing thirst for oil, and US one sided support of
Israel in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. If we attack Iraq, this will
only increase Arab resentment of the US thus making it more likely that
some of them will get angry enough to attack us in return. Please vote
against any war on Iraq.


Over the last 40 years, the United States has bombed Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Grenada, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, and
Yugoslavia. We have killed literally millions of human beings in small
impoverished third world countries who were no threat to us. Not one of
those people ever came over here and bombed us. If we want terrorism to
stop, we must stop practicing terrorism ourselves. Please vote against
President Bush's planned war on Iraq.


Former President George H. Bush saw his popularity ratings increase when he
started the Gulf War against Iraq. It distracted people from his
Iran/Contragate scandal and was nearly enough to get him re-elected. Former
President Bill Clinton saw his popularity ratings increase when he started
the war against Yugoslavia. It distracted people from his Monica Lewinsky
and Paula Jones sex scandals. President George W. Bush's popularity is
continuing to drop. In addition, his extensive involvement in the Enron
scandal is becoming more and more evident as the details of this sordid
business become public. So now George W. Bush is trying to get a war
against Iraq started so he can get his popularity ratings up and make
people forget about his Enron ties. Do not let him get away with this. Just
say no to a war against Iraq.

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Iraq Peace Pledge

Over 10,000 have already signed the Iraq Peace Pledge opposing any attack
on Iraq. To sign on line go at

To download copies of the Iraq Peace Pledge or the Iraq Pledge of
Resistance forms to collect signatures go to our Downloads Page at

Sign the Petition to the UN and WHO, requesting a delegation to Iraq to
investigate the epidemic of cancers. Go at to read the petition or
download it


We, the undersigned, represent an international group of physicians,
organizations and individuals who are deeply concerned about the health
conditions in Iraq. We are especially concerned about the constant increase
in the incidence of cancer, particularly leukemia. According to UNICEF
publications 5000 to 6000 Iraqi children die every month due to conditions
related to the economic sanctions - malnutrition, lack of medicines and the
effects of contaminated water. Due to the deteriorated health system in
Iraq, children affected by leukemia cannot be treated sufficiently. While
childhood leukemia is often curable in other parts of the world it is a
death sentence for Iraqi children. For several years Iraqi doctors have
published alarming figures about the rising frequency of cancer and
leukemia in children and adults. Furthermore, they report increasing rates
of congenital malformations. CLIP


Take The Pledge to Oppose War with Iraq at

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"Iraq today is no longer a military threat to anyone. Intelligence agencies
know this. All the conjectures about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
lack evidence." [Hans von Sponeck, Geneva/Dublin, 29 May 2001, UN
humanitarian coordinator for Iraq from 1998-2000]

There has been no documented evidence made public of Iraq's role in
harboring, promoting, or financing terrorist threats to the United States.

Iraq is indicating positive gestures of resuming inspections by United
Nations weapons inspectors.

Additional military spending to support an intensive war with Iraq will
further erode support for domestic social programs, which are steadily and
rapidly deteriorating.

A provoked war with Iraq and an attempt to dislodge Saddam Hussein will
likely cause immense suffering to a nation and a population which have
greatly suffered as a result of the 1990-91 Gulf War and the imposition of
strict economic and trading sanctions since then. How much more pain will
we inflict on them?

Read more on THIS website: Three Major Points

2. Instead of ending the economic sanctions against Iraq, the United States
and Britain have come up with so-called "Smart Sanctions", which is
basically meant to institutionalize (and justify) the ongoing suffering of
the Iraqi people. The smart sanctions policy does not improve the desperate
situation in Iraq, since: CLIP

3. After the September 11th attack, many high ranking officials as well as
the media asked for a military attack against Iraq similar to the ongoing
US military operations in Afghanistan, even though so far there has been no
evidence linking the Iraqi regime to the terrorist operations in New York
and Washington. Although they argue that Saddam Hussein's regime is a
constant source of threat to global peace and security, and hence should be
eliminated, the fact is that any military strike against Iraq can
destabilize the whole Middle East and create more problems for the
international community, including the United States; CLIP

War Against Iraq Defies Law
Bush's plans for war against Iraq have no justification. Under
international law a country can attack another country only if it is in
immediate danger from that country. A country cannot attack another country
if its leader is despicable or "evil", if it has weapons of mass
destruction, or even if terrorists live there. That's international law,

There is strong evidence that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have
pretty much been destroyed. Earlier this year, Iraq fully cooperated with
international nuclear weapons inspectors. Scott Ritter, a UN weapons
inspector in Iraq for six years, asserts that 95% of Iraq's nuclear,
biological and chemical weapons have been destroyed. On March 13, 2002, he
wrote: "America claims that Iraq lied to inspectors and still has deadly
stockpiles. But the Bush administration has shown little interest in
sending the inspectors back. It has used their absence to hype the threat
of a re-armed Iraq." Furthermore, the United States has presented no
evidence that Iraq is harboring terrorists.

So what reasons does that leave our president to justify a war on Iraq?
Bush's response: Iraq's leader is evil. Evil is very subjective and cannot
be the basis for war. There are people in the world who see the actions of
the U.S. as evil. Would this justify war against us? How can we condemn
Iraq for its weapons (if indeed there are any left at all) when the United
States possesses the most massive arsenal of chemical, biological and
nuclear weapons on the planet? This is a blatant double standard.

War against Iraq, the destruction of its infrastructure and the killing of
Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers would be a crime against humanity. It is
imperative that we do all we can to prevent this catastrophe. Find out how
you can help at


Why Go After Iraq?

If you were planning a war, would you tell your enemy months in advance
when you plan to launch the attack? That is just what the Bush
administration did last week. Bush advisors were all over Washington,
leaking the new that the drive to oust Saddam Hussein will start in May or

They know the advance warning poses no risk. Whatever preparations the
Iraqis make, the so-called war will probably be a rout. The Iraqi military
turned out to be a pushover in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. After a decade of
bombing and sanctions, the Iraqis are now much weaker.

Still, why the advance notice with trumpets blaring? Perhaps the Bushies
are just building up public enthusiasm for the next battle. Perhaps they
want to distract the public from the embarrassments of Enron. In addition,
the stories about war in May or June are certainly trial balloons to test
public opinion.

The president's approval ratings remain high, despite a sinking economy and
rising scandal. So the Bushies probably figure that the U.S. public will
happily enlist in another war against Saddam, the dictator we love to hate.
It is foreign opinion, especially in Europe, that they are testing.
European leaders are getting pissed off about the U.S. going to war
"gung-ho and alone" (as one foreign headline put it).

The Europeans know that the U.S. excuses for war against Iraq are largely
bogus. There is no serious evidence to show Iraqi support for Al-Qaida. The
so-called evidence came from an Iraqi dissident leader, Ahmed Chalabi, long
known for giving U.S. officials false information to promote his own
interests. In return, the Bushies have declared Chalabi the figurehead
leader of a largely fictional "united" Iraqi opposition.

What about all those weapons of mass destruction, which Iraq supposedly
refuses to let us inspect? UN inspectors years ago declared the Iraqi
nuclear program at least 90 percent dismantled. Today, Iraq is cooperating
fully with inspections of their nuclear program by the International Atomic
Energy Agency. The head of the IAEA inspection team recently said: "During
our inspection, representatives from the Iraqi Atomic Energy commission
were present for the whole time and all help that is necessary to perform
the inspections was provided by Iraqi authorities."

Meanwhile, Iraq has also indicated willingness to plan the return of
another set of inspectors from the United Nations. Scott Ritter, who was
once a high-ranking UN inspector in Iraq, points out that there is no
evidence Iraq is anywhere close to having nuclear weapons. Recently, he
explained why the U.S. may not welcome, but fear, UN inspectors going back
into Iraq to look for evidence: "The resumption of serious weapons
inspections would, by their very nature, open the door for the eventual
lifting of the [economic] sanctions," the chief U.S. weapon for keeping
Iraq a third-rate power. War could be one way to avoid the embarrassment of
a U.S. veto of resuming UN inspections.

Then there is the question of what happens after Saddam is killed. Before
the Persian Gulf War, one State Department official said clearly that the
goal was to replace Saddam with another dictator, just as ruthless but
friendly to the U.S. No suitable candidate was found. The elder George Bush
decided he'd rather have Saddam in power than take his chances on the
highly fragmented Iraqi opposition groups. U.S. planners have always feared
that a power vacuum in Iraq would strengthen the hand of Iraq's age-old
rival, Iran.

Al Hayat, the Arabic newspaper in London, recently reported that Bush the
younger will hand over rule in a post-Saddam Iraq to General Nizar
Khazraji, who used to be Saddam's army chief of staff. Or perhaps it will
be the self-serving Chalabi.


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The Education for Peace in Iraq Center

Article: Invasion of Iraq: It's Sooner Than You Think

Article: Whack Iraq? ... Striking Hussein is Ill-Conceived

Voices in the Wilderness

Not in Our Names

This website is part of an international campaign for the lifting of
economic sanctions on Iraq, led by two former UN Humanitarian Coordinators
for Iraq: Hans von Sponeck and Denis J. Halliday.

In September 1998 Denis Halliday resigned from his position as an Assistant
Secretary General of the UN in protest against the morally indefensible
consequences of UN policy towards Iraq. In February 2000, his successor,
Hans von Sponeck also resigned.

Since their resignation, both Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck have
campaigned for the lifting of sanctions on Iraq. Their latest inititiative
is a full page advertisement in the International Herald Tribune containing
a statement demanding an end to sanctions, signed by over 250 prominent
public figures and organisations.

National Network to End The War Against Iraq

More about sanctions on Iraq

There are many websites and documents which contain reliable information
about sanctions on Iraq.

Two particularly useful websites are that of the Campaign Against Sanctions
on Iraq (CASI) at, a registered society at the
University of Cambridge, and Voices in the Wilderness UK at

CASI's site includes a guide to sanctions (at which introduces the
key topics, and contains links to hundreds of pertinent official
information sources (at which
are particularly useful if you wish to do your own research into sanctions.

Voices UK's site includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions (at, a library of briefings
and newsletters, and campaigning information at


All from The 'Children of Light' email "Time to Respond"   9/13/2002