Contact: Roland Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see www.dictatorwatch.org/chrono
for links to the reports and photography described below.
WAR IN IRAQ, AND CHILD SOLDIERS AND A HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN
29 March 2003
The US is now at war with Iraq. This is a war of choice, being fought under false
pretenses. There was no connection established between Iraq and al-Queda, or compelling
evidence presented that Iraq had and intended to use chemical, biological or nuclear
weapons. Dictator Watch is as opposed to dictatorship as anyone, and Saddam Hussein
is no exception. He must be removed from power, but accomplishing this by war,
a war forced upon us all by an un-elected US President who cares only for his
own selfish motivations, which has no multilateral support, and which has been
sold to the American people using the worst of lies and propaganda, is not the
way to do it.
The war is also being used by many as an opportunistic excuse to engage in all
manner of repression and hate mongering. Bush continues his assault on nature,
from his drive to destroy the Artic National Wildlife Reserve to his efforts to
reverse roadless area, clean air and other environmental protection legislation.
The war is also being used as cover by Maxxam/Pacific Lumber, which is now attacking
tree-sitters who are striving to save ancient redwoods in Northern California.
Back to the government, Bush, through undertaking a preemptive war, is doing his
best to destroy the United Nations, all the while setting a precedent justifying
repression and conquest that all manner of dictatorships will cite for decades
to come. Meanwhile, John Ashcroft is working overtime to criminalize popular dissent
and through this undermine if not destroy the US Bill of Rights. Further afield,
North Korea, with Chinas backing, is rapidly expanding its arsenal of real
weapons of mass destruction. In Indonesia, the government is considering legislation
the Indonesia Armed Forces Bill that will allow the Armed Forces
Chief to deploy troops without the President of Indonesias authorization.
In Nigeria, the government is waging war against tribal dissidents. And, in Burma,
repression continues as always, but now with a substantially distracted foreign
Dictator Watch is not distracted. In particular we will endeavor to maintain pressure
on the Burmese dictators including to disseminate information about their crimes
against humanity. To this end we have added to the website the results of an interview,
including a photo, of two child soldiers who
recently escaped from the Burmese army. We also have a report, with photography,
of a December 30 January 20 humanitarian
mission in-country. (This report details dozens of crimes against humanity.)
Lastly, the Thai National Human Rights Commission is now investigating our report
about fifty-five Karen men who
were detained by the Thai army in February 2000, and who have not been seen or
heard from since.
There are other changes to the DW site as well. Notably, we have added a new article,
an appraisal of the Future
of the Earth. In the US, Iraq, North Korea, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand,
Burma and elsewhere, we humans continue to focus on human issues,
ignoring our ongoing destruction of the natural ecology. If we do not change this
focus, and end our disharmony with nature, we will kill it. And, of course, if
nature does not have a future, neither, in war or in peace, will we.