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properly be called corporatism since it is
the merger of
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"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House scorned an Iraqi leader's suggestion that President Bush and Saddam Hussein could resolve their differences in a duel, calling it an "irresponsible statement" that did not justify a "serious response."

"I just want to point out that in the past when Iraq had disputes, it invaded its neighbors," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters.

"There were no duels; there were no invasions. There was use of weapons of mass destruction and [the] military. And that's how Iraq settles its disputes."

Fleischer was responding to comments made Thursday by Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan in an interview with Abu Dhabi television that was also broadcast by CNN.

The Iraqi leader argued that instead of going to war with Iraq, Bush should participate in a personal duel with Saddam.

"Bush wants to attack the whole Iraq, the army and the infrastructure," Ramadan said. "If such a call is genuine, then let the American president and a selected group with him face a selected group of us and we choose a neutral land and let [U.N. Secretary-General] Kofi Annan be a supervisor and both groups should use the same weapon."

"A president against a president and vice president against a vice president, and a duel takes place, if they are serious," the Iraqi vice president said. "And in this way we are saving the American and Iraqi people."
October 3, 2002



It seems to me for a war to occur one needs two active antagonists. What is being pushed concerning Iraq seems more like an armed conflict.

This link is a really extensive (6 part) source of information on our military use of Depleted Uranium, its effects on combatants and civilians. For a U.S military perspective go here. U.S Civilian sources, such as Z magazine tell of DU products being contaminated with even more lethal transuranics. (please read down to bottom of the page) while asking if DU weapons are legal under International Law.

Armed conflict is often a chance for weapons makers to advertise thier goods. The future seems to hold Microwave weapons being utilized in any upcoming Iraq conflict This article, well, scares me. Blinding lasers and skin cooking microwaves... this quote is pretty revealing:

" High-power microwave weapons use broad beams of microwave radiation, similar to radar beams, in short bursts to affect their targets. At low settings, HPM could, theoretically, be used as a non-lethal dispersion weapon intended to break-up mobs and groups of enemy soldiers by heating the water in living cells to create an uncomfortable sensation. No research data exists on the long-term effects of exposure, but it is generally believed to be harmless, in the long-term."

These weapons could be used "at home" to qwell legal dissent.

Do you rember the non-violent Seattle WTO protest?
It is a long link but reminds me that nonviolent protest is all that is effective in approaching policy, and offers hope; that truly shows we are a healthy and honest alternative to money and greed driven corporate violence... Power, writ large. Our humanity is our difference, and strength.

People putting thier lives on the line for Peace



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