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G-8 gives greenlight to Bush war on Korea

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Dear Kevin, The following article comes from a Trotskyite website and is blustery and long winded.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2003
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      Dear Kevin,

      The following article comes from a Trotskyite website
      and is blustery and long winded. Nevertheless, its
      mention of the fact that the G-8 meeting endorsed an
      American offensive against Democratic Korea and/or
      Iran is well taken.

      Comradely,

      Eric

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      G8 summit gives go ahead for US offensive against Iran
      and North Korea
      By Chris Marsden
      6 June 2003
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      The G8 summit of the world�s seven leading industrial
      nations plus Russia in Evian took the abject
      capitulation of the European powers before Washington
      to new depths.

      The occasion will be remembered for the readiness of
      the governments of France, Germany and Russia to go
      beyond simply burying their past criticisms of the
      Bush administration�s war against Iraq�this was
      already manifest by the United Nations Security
      Council vote endorsing America�s post-war rule of Iraq
      on May 22. For, despite protestations to the contrary,
      a joint statement issued on Tuesday June 3 opens the
      door to military action by the US against Iran and
      North Korea.

      President George W. Bush could not have hoped for a
      more successful outcome to his visit to France and
      from a meeting hosted by President Jacques Chirac,
      once the Republican administration�s b�te noire for
      his opposition to America�s unilateral declaration of
      war against Iraq.

      Bush treated the summit with no small degree of
      contempt, spending less than a day at the Alpine
      resort before flying off for a round of talks with
      Arab leaders, Israel and the Palestinian Authority on
      his proposed �road map� for peace in the Middle East.
      But before he left he was schmoozed and flattered by
      his formerly troublesome counterparts and given
      everything he wanted.

      The first day of the summit occurred against a
      background of mass protests by anti-capitalist and
      anti-globalisation groups that were viciously attacked
      by riot police.

      All over the world, news coverage was dominated by
      reports that the US administration and Britain�s
      Labour government had falsified or exaggerated
      intelligence dossiers in order to assert that Iraq
      possessed weapons of mass destruction and so justify
      their plans for war. Coming after the failure of US
      inspectors to discover any evidence of WMD programs
      and embarrassing statements from Defence Secretary
      Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Paul
      Wolfowitz�respectively admitting that Iraq did not
      possess WMDs and that the issue had only been a
      �bureaucratic� pretext for war�this has forced the
      convening of limited governmental inquiries in both
      countries in order to contain any possible political
      fallout. In the rarified atmosphere of Evian, however,
      the man chiefly responsible for launching an illegal
      war of aggression could relax amongst friends�or
      sycophants to be more precise.

      At their luxury hotel overlooking Lake Geneva, the day
      was largely spent engaged in a series of photo
      opportunities where Bush�s hand could be shaken and
      mutual backslapping could occur. At a 25-minute
      private meeting Bush praised Chirac�s knowledge of the
      Middle East, promising to consult with him on efforts
      to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He called
      US-French relations �good�, despite the fact that they
      had been through �a difficult period�.

      Clasping Chirac�s shoulder, Bush thanked him for
      supporting his resolution to the UN giving the US free
      rein in running Iraq. He then gave the French premier
      three leather-bound books on American Indian culture.
      In return he received a more substantial gift from
      Chirac�a promise to send French troops to Afghanistan.

      Bush also made an appearance on the hotel terrace with
      German Chancellor Gerhard Schr�der �with whom Bush has
      not even spoken to for months because of his anti-war
      rhetoric. Following the summit, Schr�der clearly felt
      that he had been brought in from the cold. �It was
      clear that the past has not disappeared, but it is
      behind us,� he said.

      Russia�s President Vladimir Putin, who has been given
      carte blanche by the US for his own criminal war in
      Chechnya, added, �After the summit I have the firm
      conviction that the situation is better and that is
      the main result.�

      Bush departed for the Middle East midway through the
      afternoon, with the blessings and good wishes of the
      G8 for a successful diplomatic effort. Canada�s Prime
      Minister Jean Chritien said, �He represents the wishes
      of the rest of the countries at the discussions.�

      Before leaving, he had first secured the drafting of a
      statement on the need to counteract global terrorism
      that promised to deny terrorists �a safe haven�,
      giving a pretext for continued military interventions
      by the US all over the world.

      More important still, he had the agreement of all
      parties to explicitly threaten North Korea and Iran. A
      statement on the need to combat nuclear proliferation
      issued June 2 and a final statement issued the next
      day urged North Korea to �visibly, verifiably and
      irreversibly dismantle any nuclear weapons program� it
      had. It warned Iran that it would be targeted should
      its �advanced nuclear program� not maintain �full
      compliance with its obligations under the nuclear
      Non-Proliferation Treaty.�

      Washington immediately claimed this as a green light
      for military action should it be deemed necessary. A
      senior US official said that a paragraph in the
      declaration referring to the �range of tools�
      available for curbing destructive weapons such as
      international treaties and inspections continued that
      �other measures� could be used if they were necessary
      and �in accordance with international law�. He said
      that �other measures� was code for use of force.

      This caused concern amongst all other G8 leaders.
      Chirac called the interpretation �extraordinarily
      daring�There never was any talk of using force
      whatsoever.�

      Japanese Prime Minister Junichuro Koizumi said,
      �Unlike Iraq, we agreed that the North Korean issue
      must be resolved in a peaceful, diplomatic manner.�

      Bush�s key ally British Prime Minister Tony Blair was
      forced to reassure MPs, �Nobody is threatening
      military action in respect of Iran,� while Canada�s
      Chritien said, �The best course is always diplomacy,
      the United Nations and international organisations.�

      However an indication of the continued readiness of
      the G8 partners to accede to America�s dictates was
      provided by Chritien�s additional statement that�even
      though diplomacy may be best�in North Korea, �you�re
      dealing with a government there that is not well known
      by anybody and not very well understood.�

      In any event, differing interpretations of the fine
      print of such statements will count for nothing given
      Washington�s ongoing efforts to dominate the world by
      force of arms. As far as Bush�s clique is concerned,
      they have all the diplomatic ammunition they need. And
      as far as the other major powers are concerned, they
      will continue to support the US administration
      providing only that they get something in return.

      At a post G8 press conference, Chirac declared with
      supreme cynicism that he had not changed his view that
      the US-led invasion of Iraq was �both illegitimate and
      illegal ... But now, the situation being what it is,
      we have got to work together. It is easy to wage war
      on your own; it is much more difficult to build a
      peace on your own.�

      In short all that Paris wants for supporting the US
      takeover of Iraq is a share of the spoils. And all it
      will require in return for backing action against Iran
      or North Korea will be some other quid pro quo
      arrangement.

      See Also:
      G8 summit protesters denounce US occupation of Iraq
      [4 June 2003]
      G8 summit: a widening gap between reality and rhetoric
      [3 June 2003]


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