US FORCES ENTER IRAQ
- UNDERCOVER WAR BEGINS AS US FORCES ENTER IRAQ
John Donnelly and Tom Allard, Sydney Morning Herald, 1/6/03
About 100 United States special forces personnel and more than 50
CIA officers have been inside Iraq for at least four months, looking
for missile-launchers, monitoring oil fields, marking minefields and
helping their pilots target air-defence systems.
The operations, which are said to have included some Australian,
Jordanian and British commandos, are seen as part of the opening
phase of a war, intelligence officials and military analysts say.
This is despite the Bush Administration agreeing to the schedule of
United Nations weapons inspections...
The action by US and British special forces in Iraq breaches
international law because it is not sanctioned by the UN.
But it also reflects the new warfare, which targets terrorists and
hidden weapons and relies heavily on commando operations and pre-
"We're bombing practically every day as we patrol the no-fly zones,
taking out air defence batteries, and there are all kinds of CIA and
special forces operations going on," said Timur Eads, a former US
special operations officer. "I would call it the beginning of a
WE'VE SEEN THIS PLOT BEFORE
Riad Saloojee, Montreal Gazette, 1/6/03
Once bitten. And now many are shy to believe that the Iraq weapons-
verification process headed by Hans Blix is anything except
redundant - immaterial, really - to whether Iraq will be in material
breach of Security Council resolution 1441.
As we corner the curve to an imminent war, we run headlong into a
story attributed to St. Augustine. He is reported to tell the tale
of a pirate who was brought before the emperor. "Why do you molest
the seas?" inquired the emperor. Retorted the pirate: "When you
molest the seas, they call you emperor; when I molest the seas, they
call me a pirate."
St. Augustine alludes to the fact that retaining control of the
seven seas is the reserve of realpolitik, that ultimate end-game of
power whose political tools are endless. They range from diplomatic
sleight of hand to outright subterfuge. No one is the wiser,
usually, until years later when brave souls like Daniel Ellsberg,
the former marine who leaked the Pentagon Papers that exposed the
duplicity of successive U.S. administrations and ultimately ended
the Vietnam war, come forward and speak
UN INSPECTORS FEAR BUSH WILL IGNORE THEM
Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy, The Observer (UK), 1/5/03
UN weapons inspectors in Iraq fear their work - which has failed to
turn up any evidence thus far of weapons of mass destruction - will
still be used as an excuse to trigger a US-led invasion of Iraq.
Leaks from the inspections teams - and the two agencies in charge of
them, Unmovic and the International Atomic Energy Agency - have
fuelled an increasingly frenetic diplomatic effort among opponents
of the war.
The weapons inspection teams in Iraq have visited breweries and
former nuclear plants, and raided missile factories and
pharmaceutical production lines. They have examined former weapons
factories and interviewed scientists and university technicians. As
of yesterday they had checked 230 sites in all. If one is to believe
the few inspectors who have been prepared to be interviewed
anonymously, they have found absolutely nothing
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