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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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The Paradise Forests of Papua New Guinea are among the largest and most biologically diverse ancient forests left in the world. The future of these forests, and of the people who depend upon them, is currently at the mercy of an international...

'I was the man in charge of law and order

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'I was the man in charge of law and order that night. Everyone else had fled to safety, leaving the city and its people to their own devices. But I have paid a heavy price. I have survived, but with a clutch of ailments.' says Swaraj Puri, as he...

Contamination from the plant pollutes the

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Contamination from the plant pollutes the soil and ground water of local communities. Hundreds of people, still drink and wash with the contaminated ground water.

Union Carbide left hundreds of tonnes of

Image | 1 April, 2002 at 1:00

Union Carbide left hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste on the site. Until mid-2001, the factory grounds were inaccessible without special permission from the government.

Hasan Ali has seven grown

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Hasan Ali has seven grown-up daughters. 'Our education has suffered because of our father's illness, and the fact that we too have been ill at different times. Because of this, there are several problems related to our marriages,' says Kishwar,...

Mohammad Arif, Bhopal 2002

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Mohammad Arif, Bhopal 2002 Mohammad Arif has a sick heart and damaged lungs which provoke violent coughing fits that rack his fragile body. Doctors say he has pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that can only be cured by replacing his lungs. Bhopal,...

Pushpa (70) lies in a ward in the Bhopal

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Pushpa (70) lies in a ward in the Bhopal Memorial Charitable Hospital and Research Centre. 'She is our aunt. She was exposed to the gas. She has been sick ever since. But now her condition is much worse. In fact, this hospital has become almost...

The Death Doctor: 20,000 autopsies so far

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The Death Doctor, Bhopal 2002 "I must have performed more than 20,000 autopsies so far. No relative of a gas victim can get a compensation claim for a death without my certificate. It has been a nightmarish experience. Especially those initial...

Born on the day the toxic gas swept across

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Born on the day the toxic gas swept across the city, this girl was named Gas Devi - 'gas goddess' - by her parents.

Shakeel Quereshi was the shift

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Shakeel Quereshi was the shift-in charge at the Union Carbide factory on the night of 2-3 December 1984. 'I am one of the witnesses as well as accused in this case. The disaster unfolded before my eyes. But the fact remains that my life has been...

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