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WITH THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ BUSH OVERSTEPS THE MARK

MN
2003.03.31. 10:48

An article by Abdul Fattah Munif, university student from Yemen, living in Hungary.

Many people ara amazed at the dirty war carried on by the USA and its allies which was started without the authorization of the UNO and which aimed at removing the Iraqi regime. When the military purposes of the American leadership became clear, millions of people demonstrated against them in the big cities of the world, including New York and Washington, condemning the war as everyone foresaw the tremendous destruction of the war.
It is true the international law does not know the word ’war’ as wars are entirely forbidden by UNO but military conflicts are directed by principles that abandon the laws of the jungle. I.e. there are moral norms which affect fights, forbid attacking civilians and raiding cities, in harmony with the treaty of the Hague.

What goes on now in Iraq, however, goes beyond the red zone as the USA and its coalition partners allow themselves to destroy the infrastructure of the Iraqi land and to burn up the ground, merciless to people living there though claming they want to overthrow only Saddam Hussein and his regime. One of the pretexts for the war is the alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction but what is being done by the allies is more destructive than any such wars in the history of mankind. It is a great question how long great powers will be silent and how long the international public opinion keeps quiet.

The author gives a list of points where the articles of international law have been violated so far but it is sure that civilians have been killed, living quarters, hospitals, and mosques have been bombed, not to mention the absurd claim of interfering in another country’s affairs and neglecting UN resolutions and declarations. The ethics of the war was formulated by the Western world and it is the Western world that neglects these norms. Abdullah Esbawi, Professor of History at Cairo University said the Iraqi war could be compared to the invasion of the Mongols.

Translated by Péter Szentmihályi Szabó

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