From the framework of WILPF’s analysis, the proposed war against Iraq would make a mockery of democratic decision-making while furthering a U.S. corporate agenda.

Who decides what action should be taken
by the government of the United States of America?

By what authority does the president claim the right to take the country to war? What right do elected representatives in Congress have to abdicate their responsibility to their constituents, who are communicating their opposition to this proposed invasion in overwhelming majorities? The corporate media have uncritically repeated the warmongers’ lies and propaganda. They have reported that the administration is “lobbying the American public,”which is the exact opposite of the appropriate relationship between a president and “We the People” in a real democracy. It is the people who are responsible for discussing, debating, deciding, and instructing our elected officials. This rush to war benefits corporate interests while it violates the consent of the governed, eviscerates civil rights, further hijacks resources essential for meeting human needs, and compounds the death and destruction forced upon the Iraqi people for more than a decade.

War is profitable for military contractors and other parasites.

How are corporate interests served? A military victory would immediately enable the U.S. government to control Iraq’s oil reserves, including the power to abrogate Russian and French contracts for Iraqi oil. The establishment of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq would expand and further solidify U.S. power and influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, much as it has done since the end of WWII with bases in Germany, Japan, and more than 100 other countries around the world. The progression of U.S. unilateralism — including the the current administration’s unprecedented statement of its intention to “go it alone,” if necessary, in a “pre-emptive strike” — exposes the goal to impose its hegemonic designs wherever and whenever the U.S. Empire chooses to strike for the benefit of corporate interests.

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