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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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Greenfreeze and Solar Chill on display at

Image | 31 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenfreeze and Solar Chill on display at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Setpember 2002.

As leaders of community groups and African

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As leaders of community groups and African NGO's talked, thousands of marchers listened patiently.

The strong military prescence was on the

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The strong military prescence was on the outskirts of Johannesburg was overt, although the rally was non violent.

What kind of future will the 2002 Earth Summit

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What kind of future will the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg offer these children?

This rally through the heart of Johannesburg

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This rally through the heart of Johannesburg remained non violent, despite earlier fears to the contrary.

A clear indication that while the delegates

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A clear indication that while the delegates inside the convention make new alliances and forge tenuous political partnerships, outside the UN buildings very real walls based on access to resouces continue to exist.

A few thousand people march to Sandton in

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A few thousand people march to Sandton in Johannesburg. The previous week, police used stun grenades against its own citizens - marchers commented that ment only a few thousand marched instead of tens of thousands.

The issues discussed at the Earth Summit

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The issues discussed at the Earth Summit affect communities, especially women and children. Critical to most African communities is the issue of water: it needs to be clean, safe and drinkable.

NEPAD is the New Economic Partnership for

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NEPAD is the New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development. African NGO's are angry that they were not consulted or involved in its creation.

The messages were as varied as the marchers

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The messages were as varied as the marchers themselves. The uniting sentiment was one of displeasure at the progress made so far by the Earth Summit delegations that seem to be actively protecting corporate interests.

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