â€œOur principles and our security are challenged today by outlaw groups and regimes that accept no law of morality and have no limit to their violent ambitions.â€
Conservative commentator Samuel Huntington has pointed out that many people worldwide consider the
Under Bush, the US stands in violation of international law for its bombing of Afghanistan and ongoing bombing of Iraq (violating Article 2 of the UN Charter; its treatment of the GuantÃ¡namo Bay prisoners (violating the Geneva Convention); and for its â€œfirst strikeâ€ nuclear weapons doctrine (violating the Nuclear Non‑Proliferation Treaty).
Bush has declared his willingness to commit another grave breach of international law by bombing
The Bush Administration has also undermined the US Constitution by declaring the War Powers Act (requiring Congressional authorization to launch a war) irrelevant.
As for â€œviolent ambitions,â€ Bushâ€™s are indeed limitless. In June 2002, he described his doctrine of â€œpre‑emptionâ€: â€œthe military must be ready to strike at a momentâ€™s notice in any dark corner of the world.â€ Who are the targets? â€œAll nations that decide for aggression and terror.â€
â€œBy refusing to comply with his own agreements [Saddam Hussein] bears full guilt for the hunger and misery of innocent Iraqi citizens.â€
According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization, US‑led sanctions against
In 1991, the
â€œâ€¦sanctions were maintained after the war to compel the regimeâ€™s compliance with Security Council Resolutions.â€
â€œIraq likely maintains stockpiles of VX, mustard and other chemical agents...the regime is rebuilding and expanding facilities capable of producing chemical weapons.â€
The key word is â€œlikely.â€ Credible analysts such as former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter maintain that the military threat from
If Bush is concerned about chemical and biological weapons, he should stop manufacturing and selling the agents needed to make them.
Bush has rejected a UN draft agreement to enforce a biological weapons ban, resisted amendments to strengthen the chemical weapons convention and (like Saddam Hussein) refused to grant UN chemical weapons inspectors full access to US laboratories.
Retaining the infrastructure â€œneeded to buildâ€ a nuclear weapon is not the same thing as building it. None of Bushâ€™s references to Iraqi nuclear capability demonstrate that
By contrast, George Bush has ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for dropping nuclear bombs on seven countries. The
Raising the specter of Iraqi cooperation with â€œterroristsâ€ is a cynical scare tactic. Attempts by US intelligence agencies to link
â€œAre Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced or cast aside without consequence?â€
Good question, George. Letâ€™s ask key US allies, like
â€œFree societies do not intimidate through cruelty and conquest.â€
attempted to assassinate heads of government (
subverted democratic elections (
blockaded civilian supplies of food and medicine (
supported policies of rape, torture and mass killing (
and backed regimes responsible for some of the worldâ€™s worst human rights violations (
â€œSaddam Hussein attacked
Most of Saddam Husseinâ€™s atrocities were committed while he was a close US ally and trading partner.
The US sold Iraq military hardware and biological and chemical weapons equipment even after learning that Iraq used illegal chemical weapons against Kurdish civilians (in the Halabja massacre of 1988). US intelligence agencies believe that the massacre was carried out with US‑made helicopters.
Only in 1990, when Saddam Hussein disobeyed the
â€œThese nations can show by their example that honest government, respect for women and the great Islamic tradition of learning can triumph in the
â€œHonest government?â€ Bush owes his presidency to a stolen election. Key members of his Cabinet and Bush himself are implicated in the shady dealings of corporations including Enron, Halliburton and Harken.
â€œRespect for women?â€ Bush banned federal aid to international family planning programs that offer abortion counseling and closed the White House Office for Womenâ€™s Health Initiatives and Outreach.
â€œTradition of learning?â€ Bush cut federal funding to libraries by $39 million and sought to eliminate a federal program that gives free books to poor children. His proposed tax cut for the richest 1% of the population is 128 times more than what he proposed to spend on federal reading programs.
â€œBy heritage and by choice, the
Bushâ€™s closing remark was a prime example of what Michael Moore refers to as the presidentâ€™s â€œbite meâ€ foreign policy. Here, Bush bluntly informed the world that the
â€œThe conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the United Nations and a threat to peace.â€
Hereâ€™s what Bush thinks of the authority of the United Nations: Since taking office, he has scrapped more international treaties and violated more UN conventions than the rest of the world has in 20 years. Under Bush, the
As for being a â€œthreat to peace,â€ thereâ€™s little doubt that Bushâ€™s â€œwar on terror,â€ which violates international law, the US Constitution, international human rights instruments and principles of international cooperation and collective security, is the single greatest threat to peace in the world today.
In light of the grave and gathering danger posed by the Bush Administration, we hereby call on the United Nations to declare the
In the event of a
To quote the â€œpresidentâ€ of the