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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Then and Now

Noticed the ever changing reasons for the war given by the US and UK governments as more revelations come to light about how they lied and distorted the facts to justify an unjust war? Here is our 'before and after' guide to war speak from those who should know better and those who do:

The many deceptions, lies and distortions of the truth by Bush, Blairand Co are well documented. This page provides just a few choicecomparisons. For a fuller list visit sites like:

Misleader.org

Bush Watch - War lies

Who dies for Bush lies

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

George W Bush:

Oct 9, 2003: "Since the liberation of Iraq, our investigators havefound evidence of a clandestine network of biological laboratories.They found advanced design work on prohibited longer-range missiles.They found an elaborate campaign to hide these illegal programs.There's still much to investigate, yet it is now undeniable that SaddamHussein was in clear violation of United Nations Security CouncilResolution 1441. It is undeniable that Saddam Hussein was a deceiverand a danger. The Security Council was right to demand that SaddamHussein disarm, and we were right to enforce that demand."

David Kay - former head of US search group looking for those "clandestine network of biological laboratories", Jan 28 2004:

"When the inspection group wraps up its work, there are still going tobe people to say, "You didn't look everywhere. Isn't it possible it washidden someplace?" And the answer has got to be, honestly, "Yes, it'spossible." But you try to eliminate that by this other process. Andwhen I reached the conclusion -- which I admit is partial and is purelymine -- that I think there were no large stockpiles of WMD, it's basedon that process."



March 4 2003: "We're dealing with Iraq because the dictator of Iraq hasgot weapons of mass destruction; he's used weapons of mass destructionon his own people. He can't stand America, he can't stand our friends,he can't stand our allies. He's got connections to terrorist networks.The first war of the 21st century requires the US to workwith international bodies to deal with these threats, and we willcontinue to do so."

March 16, 2003: "The dictator of Iraqand his weapons of mass destruction are a threat to the security offree nations.... He possesses the weapons of mass murder... the Iraqiregime will disarm itself, or the Iraqi regime will be disarmed byforce. And the regime has not disarmed itself."

March 17,2003: "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves nodoubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of themost lethal weapons ever devised."

Former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix, February 8, 2004:

"The intention was to dramatize it just as the vendors of somemerchandise are trying to increase and exaggerate the importance ofwhat they have... From politicians, from our leaders in the Westernworld, I think we expect more than that. A bit more sincerity.. And wenow know that there were no weapons of mass destruction when theinvasion started."

January 29, 2002, State of the Union Address:

"We have found diagrams of American nuclear power plants and publicwater facilities, detailed instructions for making chemical weapons,surveillance maps of American cities, and thorough descriptions oflandmarks in America and throughout the world."

Senior administration official, Wall Street Journal, February 9th 2004:

"The White House [said] that no plant diagrams were actually found inAfghanistan. "There's no additional basis for the language in thespeech that we have found."

Tony Blair

Sept 24, 2003: "What I believe the assessed intelligence hasestablished beyond doubt is that Saddam has continued to producechemical and biological weapons, that he continues in his efforts todevelop nuclear weapons, and that he has been able to extend the rangeof his ballistic missile programme… I am in no doubt that the threat isserious and current, that he has made progress on WMD, and that he hasto be stopped… And the document discloses that his military planningallows for some of the WMD to be ready within 45 minutes of an order touse them."

UN head Kofi Annan, Feb 6, 2003:

"The bar has been raised... People are going to be very suspicious whenone talks to them about intelligence. And they are going to be verysuspicious when we try to use intelligence to justify certain actions."



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Greenpeace's Shard ascent reminds us of the power of civil disobedience

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 18 July, 2013 3 comments

Article originally published in the Guardian. Does it all seem too hard? Does it feel like governments and corporations will always get away with it in the end? Do you ask yourself what one person alone can do? Greenpeace is part...

The diminishing glow of nuclear energy

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 15 July, 2013 26 comments

In France, Greenpeace activists got past security and climbed reactor structures at the Tricastin nuclear power plant. They unfurled a banner which read: TRICASTIN ACCIDENT NUCLÉAIRE: PRÉSIDENT DE LA CATASTROPHE? (Tricastin Nuclear...

Kori Nuclear Reactor, South Korea

Image | 15 July, 2013 at 12:17

The Rainbow Warrior is seen in front of the Kori 1 nuclear reactor, with a banner reading (in Korean): 'Chernobyl! Fukushima!, Busan?' as Greenpeace call for a nuclear energy phase out starting with the Kori 1 reactor, the oldest nuclear...

Protest at Tricastin Power Plant

Image | 15 July, 2013 at 12:13

Greenpeace activists enter Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant and unfurl a banner reading: TRICASTIN ACCIDENT NUCLÉAIRE: PRÉSIDENT DE LA CATASTROPHE? (Tricastin Nuclear Accident: President of the Disaster?). Other activists projected images of a...

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | 11 July, 2013 at 22:20

Greenpeace activists from Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan and the United States are escorted by Korean police after a three day protest at the iconic Gwangandaegyo Bridge concluded peacefully in Busan, South Korea. The activists are demanding the Korean...

130 metres high in Busan, South Korea

Blog entry by Jun Kwon Song | 10 July, 2013

Today is my second day, 130 metres in the air, on the Gwangan Bridge in Busan, South Korea. This bridge is the symbol of Busan and I'm here with a simple message to the people of Busan: You are living in a danger zone. The other...

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | 10 July, 2013 at 11:55

10 July 2013. The Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior arrives in the port of Busan, South Korea. Greenpeace is calling for the Korean government to widen the official nuclear evacuation zone to a thirty kilometer radius.

Nuclear Emergency Camp

Image | 9 July, 2013 at 11:50

Greenpeace activists set up a hanging nuclear emergency camp between suspension cables on Busan's iconic Gwangandaegyo bridge, calling for the Korean government to widen the official nuclear evacuation zone to a thirty kilometer radius.

I was in Gezi to call for the End of Coal

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 1 July, 2013

On Saturday, in Istanbul, I marched with 500 young people from 134 countries and several thousand people from Turkey , for the right to live in a healthy environment: to demand the End of the Age of Coal. In the wake of the Gezi...

Gezi park: equal rights, justice, the environment and a better future

Blog entry by Pinar Aksogan | 28 June, 2013

From Egypt to Spain, to Turkey to Brazil, people are demanding equal rights, justice, democracy and a better future. Maybe we all have different demands but we inspire the world and solidarity brings strength. Here in Istanbul, in...

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