The Guardian July 30, 2003


Are we content to have liars for leaders?

During a press conference with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and 
broadcast live by CNN, President Bush was questioned about that yellow cake 
allegedly bought by Iraq from Niger to turn into nuclear weapons. It has 
all been exposed as just one monumental lie.

But Bush's response to questioning at the news conference was even more 
bizarre than usual on this occasion. He said: "The larger point is and the 
fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the 
answer is absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, 
and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we 
decided to remove him from power ..." (Emphasis added)

So all those TV pictures you saw before the invasion of Iraq of UN weapons 
inspectors crawling from one site to another in Iraq just didn't happen. It 
was all a mirage and you had no right to think that something was being 
done to investigate all the allegations about weapons of mass destruction 
pouring from the mouths of Bush, Blair and our own honest John 
Howard.Everyone now knows that these three have been lying all along but 
what must concern us all is that many American and Australian people seem 
to accept the fact that they have proven liars as leaders. (Not all as seen 
from the article above.)

The daily press runs soft on their lies which have become too obvious to 
cover up. One US journalist, Dana Priest wrote, "The president's assertion 
that the war began because Iraq did not admit inspectors appeared to 
contradict the events leading up to war this spring".

Only "appeared" to contradict the events? Why not say outright that the 
President is lying and repeat the facts.

Another said: "I think what people basically decided was this is just the 
president being the president ... He is under a great deal of pressure."

One wonders what the families of those US soldiers being killed every day 
in Iraq think about their "president just being the president".

The National Post's Kelly McParland writes that Bush's yellowcake lie is 
but "a small mistake". Are the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children just 
"small mistakes"?

Do the Australian people really accept the fact that they have an obvious 
liar as their Prime Minister?

Act now to say: "NO".

Write to Prime Minister John Howard, to your local MP and Senators. Write 
to your local and daily newspapers, join in the radio talk-back shows. Make 
your voice heard. Show that we are not content to have murdering liars for 
leaders.

Join your local peace group, and think about joining the Communist Party of 
Australia to work for a genuine political alternative in Australia that 
puts people first and does not have to hide the truth.

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