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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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Once the mangroves are ripped out to make

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Once the mangroves are ripped out to make way for shrimp farming, the coast is rendered unstable. Habitat for creatures like this turtle is eliminated.

A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls

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A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls the mangrove forest.

In addition to shrimp

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In addition to shrimp, mangroves also provide a nursery for fresh water oysters.

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the

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This magnificent frigate bird relies on the mangrove forest for food and shelter.

Mangroves are home to many different forms

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Mangroves are home to many different forms of wildlife, including this little green heron.

Mangrove seed pods

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Mangrove seed pods. Some 35 percent of mangroves have been lost in the last 20 years.

Flowering mangrove plants.

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Flowering mangrove plants.

Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into

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Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into the mud to make way for the intruding shrimp farms.

Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial

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Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial rain forests.

Panoramic view of a red mangrove forest

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Panoramic view of a red mangrove forest, breeding ground for a diverse group of fish, shellfish, and other wildlife.

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