Just War? U.S. Invasion of Iraq
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President Bush said in his March 17, 2003, address — two days before the beginning of the invasion of Iraq — that “the United States and other nations have pursued patient and honorable efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime without war.” Why, then, did US officials attempt to coerce other members of the United Nations Security Council to support US war efforts? Or, why has the United States rejected statements by UN inspectors and high-level Iraqi defectors that there’s no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at the U.S. push toward war. We also examine US plans to develop and potentially use so-called mini-nukes.
Voices of peace activists in New York City and Austin, Texas; Bill Fletcher, president of TransAfrica Forum and co-chair of United for Peace and Justice; Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; Marjorie Cohn, executive vice president of the National Lawyers Guild; John Barry, national security correspondent for Newsweek magazine; Jim Nareckas, editor of Extra! a publication of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; Imad Khadduri, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist; Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation; Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group; David Schweigler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Phyllis Bennis –Washington DC