Critical Weeks Ahead for U.S. Peace Movement's Effort to Derail Bush War Plan
Interview with Joanne Landy, co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, conducted by Between The Lines' Scott Harris.
As if following their own script for justifying war, the Bush administration pronounced Iraq to be in material breach of United Nations resolutions just days after Baghdad released an obligatory 12,000-page arms declaration. While some of the White House criticism of Iraqi weapons documentation was echoed by Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, chief UN weapons inspectors -- most members of the Security Council affirmed that Washington's judgment had no standing without a vote of the full Council.
In a further sign of friction at the UN, many of the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council were angered by the Bush administration's behind-the-scenes maneuvering to delay distribution and censor large portions of the 12,000-page Iraqi arms declaration to non-nuclear states serving in that body. And with statements from the White House sounding ever more bellicose, calls for the U.S. to back up its allegations against Iraq with hard evidence are being heard more forcefully around world.
Public opinion polls here in the U.S. also reveal growing sentiment that President Bush has not made a convincing case that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction justifying a U.S. war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joanne Landy, co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, who assesses the ability of the U.S. peace movement to slow down or stop the White House plan for war with Baghdad.
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