Church of Scotland says get troops out of Iraq

This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld etc. – THE ULTIMATE CLIP.

From Military Families Against the War in Britain:

Church leaders called for the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq “as soon as possible”.

Delegates at the Church of Scotland‘s General Assembly agreed that the continued presence of UK forces can “no longer be seen as a positive contribution to resolving the situation“.

The UK Government was also criticised for not preventing the hanging of the country‘s former president Saddam Hussein.

UK anti war action: here.

Iraq war and oil, by Naomi Klein: here.

6 thoughts on “Church of Scotland says get troops out of Iraq

  1. [Australian] Government ‘warned’ about AWB

    May 23, 2007 01:31am
    Article from: AAP

    * Former military lawyer now Labor candidate
    * Sent Government details of Abu Ghraib “in Sept, 2003”
    * Senator Hill denies knowledge before January 2004

    THE Federal Government ignored warnings about inmate mistreatment in Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison and AWB kickbacks to Saddam Hussein months before the scandals came to light, a former senior Australian Army officer turned political candidate says.

    Former military lawyer Colonel Mike Kelly said the former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s policies on Iraq “border on criminal negligence” and the Australian Government must take part of the blame.

    Col. Kelly, who last week resigned his commission, was preselected last month as Labor’s candidate for the marginal Liberal-held NSW seat of Eden-Monaro at the upcoming federal election.

    He told the ABC last night he began sending detailed situation reports to the Government in June 2003 on general prisoner mistreatment in Iraq and in September 2003 on specific incidents at Abu Ghraib.

    Former defence minister Robert Hill told a Senate inquiry the Government knew nothing of the allegations before January 2004.

    “I did report problems (about Abu Ghraib) but no pressure was being brought to bear from Washington or Canberra or anywhere else to deal with those concerns,” Col. Kelly said.

    From early 2004, Col. Kelly began reporting details from his investigation of the $300 million AWB kickback scandal but these were also ignored, he said.

    “I was surprised that I never received any inquiries from Canberra about what was going on and what information was emerging from that,” he said.

    “To me it was just morally outrageous, and how that could have been allowed to happen was something that shocked me. In another time something like that might have been called treason.”

    Post-invasion strategy ‘badly flawed’

    The post-invasion strategy for Iraq was badly flawed, Col. Kelly said.

    He said he was clearly instructed by former defence force chief Major General Peter Cosgrove not to discuss or commit to stabilising Iraq after the invasion.

    “If I look at people like Donald Rumsfeld all I can say is that borders on criminal negligence as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

    “We were a part of the coalition and we had a role to play in the development of the strategy, which we fudged on, so I think there are some questions to be answered there.”

    Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said elements of information Col. Kelly supplied to the Cole Royal Commission had been disputed, while Gen Cosgrove disagreed with Kelly’s recollection of their conversation.

    “Personally, I don’t see what’s to be gained in helping Iraqis today to stabilise that country, to deal with al-Qaeda, to stabilise that region and protect our own interest by going over things that have gone through a Royal Commission in one issue and extensive public debate with another,” he told the ABC.,23599,21780163-421,00.html


  2. Posted by: “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus
    Mon May 28, 2007 1:30 pm (PST)

    What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1:
    Privatizing Iraq’s Oil for US Companies

    26 May 2007

    On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war
    in Iraq. The members called it “supporting the troops.” I call it
    stealing Iraq’s oil – the second largest reserves in the world. The
    “benchmark,” or goal, the Bush administration has been working on
    furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq’s oil.
    Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the
    Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds.

    This threat could not be clearer. If the Iraqi Parliament
    refuses to pass the privatization legislation, Congress will withhold
    US reconstruction funds that were promised to the Iraqis to rebuild
    what the United States has destroyed there. The privatization law,
    written by American oil company consultants hired by the Bush
    administration, would leave control with the Iraq National Oil
    Company for only 17 of the 80 known oil fields. The remainder (two-
    thirds) of known oil fields, and all yet undiscovered ones, would be
    up for grabs by the private oil companies of the world (but guess how
    many would go to United States firms – given to them by the compliant
    Iraqi government.)

    No other nation in the Middle East has privatized its oil. Saudi
    Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iran give only limited usage contracts to
    international oil companies for one or two years. The $12 billion
    dollar “Support the Troops” legislation passed by Congress requires
    Iraq, in order to get reconstruction funds from the United States, to
    privatize its oil resources and put them up for long term (20- to 30-
    year) contracts.

    What does this “Support the Troops” legislation mean for the
    United States military? Supporting our troops has nothing to do with
    this bill, other than keeping them there for another 30 years to
    protect US oil interests. It means that every military service member
    will need Arabic language training. It means that every soldier and
    Marine would spend most of his or her career in Iraq. It means that
    the fourteen permanent bases will get new Taco Bells and Burger
    Kings! Why? Because the US military will be protecting the US
    corporate oilfields leased to US companies by the compliant Iraqi
    government. Our troops will be the guardians of US corporate
    interests in Iraq for the life of the contracts – for the next thirty

    With the Bush administration’s “Support the Troops” bill and its
    benchmarks, primarily Benchmark No. 1, we finally have the reason for
    the US invasion of Iraq: to get easily accessible, cheap, high-grade
    Iraq oil for US corporations.

    Now the choice is for US military personnel and their families
    to decide whether they want their loved ones to be physically and
    emotionally injured to protect not our national security, but the
    financial security of the biggest corporate barons left in our
    country – the oil companies.

    It’s a choice for only our military families, because most non-
    military Americans do not really care whether our volunteer military
    spends its time protecting corporate oil to fuel our one-person cars.
    Of course, when a tornado, hurricane, flood or other natural disaster
    hits in our hometown, we want our National Guard unit back. But on a
    normal day, who remembers the 180,000 US military or the 150,000 US
    private contractors in Iraq?

    Since the “Surge” began in January, over 500 Americans and
    15,000 Iraqis have been killed. By the time September 2007 rolls
    around for the administration’s review of the “surge” plan, another
    400 Americans will be dead, as well as another 12,000 Iraqis.

    How much more can our military and their families take?

    Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army and US Army Reserves
    and retired as a colonel. She served 16 years in the US diplomatic
    corps in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra
    Leone, Afghanistan, Micronesia and Mongolia. She resigned from the US
    Department of State in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq.


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