Study Peace, Not War, Bush!

By Noble Johns

- If the men in our country who are studying war had to send their children to war, people like George W. Bush would have second thoughts about going to war. As a result, the whole world and, half of our country are against war!

Most world leaders are against the “War Lord” George W. Bush's call for war against Iraq.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, in a speech in the Bavarian town of Regensburg, firmly ruled out any German support for a U.S.-led attack on Iraq, saying: "We all regret that we are far away from achieving peace in the Middle East."

"We need more peace, not more war. And that's why, under my leadership, Germany will not participate."

Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner said she fully agreed with Bush that all Security Council resolutions on Iraq must be implemented immediately and without conditions.

But asked if she expected the United States to go to war against Iraq, she said: "What is important is to wait (to see) if Iraq gives in to the demand to allow weapons inspectors to resume their work."

European Union external relations commissioner Chris Patten said: "The president has brought this back to the United Nations... We want to see multilateralism as an effective way of dealing with problems, not as an excuse for failing."

Key Security Council players Russia and China have yet to give a response as Bush's speech was made late in the night for Moscow and Beijing.

Diplomats at the United Nations said they expected talks on a resolution to begin in small groups behind closed doors and informally towards the end of next week.

France, another Security Council member, has moved more towards Bush's stance without commenting on whether it would join in any U.N.-approved military strike.

French President Jacques Chirac, in an interview with The New York Times on Monday, suggested a U.N. Security Council resolution should give Baghdad a three-week deadline for letting weapons inspectors into Iraq, before a second vote on the use of military force.

Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has pledged in the Spanish Parliament that Spain will "always" support the United States in the fight against terrorism.

Aznar told Parliament on Wednesday, "We will always be with those who, like us, fight for the cause of liberty and against terrorism."

But opinion polls show that a majority of Spaniards reject a unilateral U.S. military attack on Iraq.

European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg told a news conference a possible military clash was exacerbating nerves about economic growth, but the impact would depend on the nature and size of any strike and its effect on oil prices, Reuters reported.

"The chance of a war or military action with Iraq of course adds greatly to the uncertainty we are confronted with," Duisenberg said after the ECB left interest rates unchanged on Thursday.

Pakistan says it really does not want anything to do with an attack in Iraq. Also Afghanistan is cool to the idea of U.S. military intervention. They would prefer to see a solution through the United Nations and through diplomatic means.
Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was quoted by Reuters as saying: "What was positive in his speech is that future action is rooted in the United Nations."

"It's clear for me that the United Nations has to act. The question is which way to act. I hope for a peaceful outcome of this."
This is quite different from what happened in the Gulf War when there was widespread agreement on backing U.N. resolutions."

Turkey has allowed the United States to use its air bases to patrol a "no-fly" zone over northern Iraq since the end of the 1991 Gulf War.

But Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit described the possibility of a U.S. attack on Turkey's neighbour Iraq as "a sword dangling over our heads" and said he hoped Washington still would rule out military strikes.

He told private television station NTV: "Turkey is at the front of countries that will be negatively affected (by military action). We are anxious about the uncertainty in U.S. policy, and we are anxious about the conditions in Iraq.

"I hope that it will not turn into a military operation."

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