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War on Iraq

Why we opposed war on Iraq

Greenpeace is opposed to war. We promote non-violent solutions to conflict. We actively campaign for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, held by any and all countries. Here are five reasons why we are opposed to the war in Iraq:
War would have devastating human and environmental consequences. The last Gulf war killed two hundred thousand people and left many of the survivors malnourished, diseased, and dying. Damage to ecosystems in the area remained years after the war ended. What are the consequences of this war? More  
War is an ineffective way to deal with weapons of mass destruction. There is a need for global disarmament from weapons of mass destruction that must be achieved through peaceful diplomatic negotiations. More  
Bush is clearly trying to gain control of Iraq's oil reserves. As Nelson Mandela has said, an attack on Iraq would be clearly motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the US arms and oil industries. More  
This war is illegal and sets a dangerous precedent. Even Henry Kissinger argues that "the notion of justified pre-emption runs counter to modern international law, which sanctions the use of force in self-defense only against actual - not potential - threats." More  
It's hypocritical to single out Iraq. Other countries such as India, Pakistan and Israel all have weapons of mass destruction. More  

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A frightened villager brings the lid of a

Image | 22 June, 2003 at 1:00

A frightened villager brings the lid of a barrel that contained uranium oxide (yellowcake) taken from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility, that was left unsecured by occupying forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The family used this radioactive...

Greenpeace radiation experts decontaminate

Image | 22 June, 2003 at 1:00

Greenpeace radiation experts decontaminate each other after taking measurements of radioactive levels from a device from the nearby Tuwaitha nuclear facility. The device, abandoned on a roadside, contained yellow powder 1000 times higher than...

Across from the Phra Pathom Chedi

Image | 21 June, 2003 at 1:00

Across from the Phra Pathom Chedi, one of the holiest sites in Thailand, is a famous fresh fruit market.

UN Maritime body seeks to evict Greenpeace

Feature story | 20 June, 2003 at 0:00

In the eight months since the Prestige spilled an estimated 12,000 tonnes of oil, Greenpeace has been active, demanding an accelerated ban on single-hull tankers, a scale-back in the use of oil worldwide, and a tightening of loopholes that allow...

European Commissioner Walstrom accepts a

Image | 19 June, 2003 at 1:00

European Commissioner Walstrom accepts a ships bell from campaigners asking that the EU enforce laws to clean ships before scrapping in Asia.

Greenpeace activists scale the EU building

Image | 19 June, 2003 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists scale the EU building 'Berlaymont' and display a giant banner stating "Clean toxic ships now".

Precaution Before Profits - GE field trials put our environment, food and fields at...

Publication | 19 June, 2003 at 0:00

2003 Update version - Field trials of genetically engineered (GE) crops in Thailand threaten irreversible environmental harm, increasing the risk of GE contamination in our food and in our fields.

Exposing toxic trade in disguise

Feature story | 19 June, 2003 at 0:00

During June four representatives from ship breaking yards in India and Bangladesh are touring through Europe. They aim to present the impact of the current polluting practices at the breaking yards to ship owners and discuss working towards a...

Deadly asbestos exported to Asia

Feature story | 19 June, 2003 at 0:00

Asbestos is cleaned from buildings in Europe because of the hazards to human health. But Europe still exports asbestos to Asia in the form of old ships full of hazardous waste which are scrapped on beaches by unprotected workers. We are acting to...

Global Action For Peace

Slideshow | 18 June, 2003

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