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 2003 invasion of Iraq : 2003 Iraq war
Popular opposition to war on Iraq led to global protests, and the war was criticized by Belgium, Russia, France, China, Germany, and the Arab League.
The international community was divided on the legitimacy of this invasion; see worldwide government positions on war on Iraq.
In several of these countries a majority of the public was opposed to the war.
www.fastload.org /20/2003_Iraq_war.html   (1681 words)

  
 Popular opposition to the 2003 Iraq War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The opposition to the war manifested itself most visibly in thousands of protests against the invasion of Iraq, and the Iraq war, which took place across the world between 2002 and 2005.
Much of the opposition to the war was organised by anti-war coalitions, many organised by people who had opposed the invasion of Afghanistan.
Around the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation of Iraq, opposition to military action against Iraq was widespread in Europe [1].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Popular_opposition_to_war_on_Iraq   (1561 words)

  
 Behind German Chancellor Schröder's opposition to war on Iraq
This popular opposition is rooted in both the traumatic experiences of two world wars and open scepticism towards the arguments of those who favour military action.
This decision, which provoked considerable popular opposition and dissension within their own party, was the price of admission for the Greens to enter government and the ministry of foreign affairs.
In the case of Iraq, it is all too evident that the main objective is oil.
www.wsws.org /articles/2002/sep2002/germ-s10.shtml   (2877 words)

  
 Worldandnation: 24 War Questions
Many countries voicing opposition to war have democratically elected governments and must be sensitive to public sentiment.
Iraq is more a part of America's war on potential threats around the world.
Another danger is that if the United States goes to war without U.N. support, that could encourage other nations to act against countries they perceive as a threat.
www.sptimes.com /2003/03/09/Worldandnation/24_War_Questions.shtml   (2269 words)

  
 Al-Ahram Weekly Opinion A war on the law
Nevertheless, some in the Arab world continue to underestimate the popular opposition to the war on Iraq, dismissing it as simply a movement driven by a bunch of peace activists who lack an objective vision and oppose all wars on principle no matter where they occur or what the reasons.
In the case of Iraq, there is a strong sense that the legal proceedings, laid before the eyes and ears of the whole world, cannot lay claim to even the most basic precepts of justice.
It now appears that the US had wagered the success of its plans for Iraq on the poor reputation of the Iraqi regime, the impotence of the Arabs and their schisms, and on the desire of the great powers to avoid a direct confrontation with the US.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/627/op191.htm   (1377 words)

  
 Opposition to war in Iraq continues - THE DAILY BRUIN ONLINE
Baum and Schultz see international opposition to war in Iraq as part of a reaction to Bush's unilateral policies, such as the rejections of the Kyoto Protocol and International Military Tribunal, and withdrawal from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty.
Over the past year, the world watched as the United States and Iraq moved closer to conflict, but the roots of the present war are deeper than the diplomatic battle over weapons inspections or even the military response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
An obvious difference between the two wars was that Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 was an obvious act of aggression, while in the past months the United States has had difficulty persuading others that Iraq seriously violated United Nations disarmament resolutions and that force was a justified response.
www.dailybruin.ucla.edu /news/articles.asp?id=23513   (826 words)

  
 The Peace and Anti War Movement : Peace And Economic Security : Cambridge : New England Region : AFSC
But certainly in 2003 the peoples of western Europe were this time united in their opposition to war, but the governments began to split, most particularly France and Germany the most powerful in the European Union, and Tony Blair and the British Labour Party Cabinet were isolated in their support of President Bush.
The war against Iraq was waged for the ostensible reason of the dangers of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.
In March, just before the war, in Manchester (where I come from), in the pouring rain, the main Square was a sea of umbrellas, there were 10,000 anti war demonstrators- again the largest demonstration the city had ever seen; the police said it was too many for safety.
www.afsc.org /newengland/boston-social-forum/RaeStreet2.htm   (2109 words)

  
 Iraq War
Opposition to the war among military families is bubbling beneath the surface.
Americans are becoming more hostile by the day to the war in Iraq, the nation is demoralized over official abandonment of the victims of the Gulf Coast storm, but the Democratic Party is missing in action.
Europeans opposed to war in Iraq are united by a deep distrust, even fear, of America.
www.thenation.com /directory/iraq_war   (1890 words)

  
 Weapons of mass deception - SourceWatch
On the eve of war with Iraq, Osama Bin Laden emerged briefly from his fortress of solitude to call for jihad against Jews and the United States.
As the U.S. administration fans the flames of war, Iraq and North Korea have found themselves thrust for the first time into an alliance of convenience, as North Korea opportunistically uses the administration's preoccupation with Iraq to push forward its effort to develop nuclear weapons, convinced it is on Washington's next hit list W*.
Thus, the lasting legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq is that the tactics, in effect, worked: the public accepts the dogma, and transfers its anger from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein at will, under the weight of what is, at this point, obvious propaganda.
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Weapons_of_mass_deception   (4050 words)

  
 Why war on Iraq won't make us safer...
As there is widespread opposition to a US attack on Iraq within the Arab world, a war on Iraq could sow the seeds of terrorism, rather than help to weed it out.
A war against Iraq today would be substantially more expensive and nearly the entire cost would be passed along to the American people - no nation from the Gulf War allied coalition, with the exception of Britain, favors the President's proposed attack.
Since the Gulf War in 1991, the people of Iraq have suffered from economic sanctions and the destruction of much of the civilian infrastructure of the country.
www.peace-action.org /home/iraq.html   (1027 words)

  
 U.S./U.K.: Protests Seek To Underscore Popular Opposition To Iraq War
The protesters are due to march through central London, culminating in the toppling of a large effigy of Bush in central London's Trafalgar Square -- meant to recall the toppling of the statues of Hussein in Baghdad in April.
Organizers are counting on the presence of thousands of protesters to highlight dissent to the U.S and British-led war in Iraq that toppled President Saddam Hussein.
But the continuing hostilities in Iraq -- and declining support in Britain for the war -- have led many to question the timing of the trip.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/iraq/2003/11/iraq-031120-rferl-180257.htm   (813 words)

  
 ZNet Vision & Strategy Noam Chomsky Interviewed
Antiwar opposition here has been completely without precedent in scale and commitment, something we've discussed before, and that is certainly obvious to anyone who has had any experience in these matters here for the past 40 years.
The US-backed opposition demands that the UN play a vital role in post-war Iraq and rejects US control of reconstruction or government (Leith Kubba, one of the most respected secular voices in the West, connected with the National Endowment of Democracy).
At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, opposition was so strong that Powell was practically shouted down when he tried to present a case for the war -- announcing, pretty clearly, that the US would "lead" even if no one followed, except for the pathetic Blair.
www.zmag.org /content/print_article.cfm?itemID=3450§ionID=41   (2507 words)

  
 War
Unlike the shallow support for the war, the opposition to the war is deep, cannot be easily dislodged or frightened into silence.
And of dissident soldiers sick of a war that is not a war but a massacre --how else describe the mayhem caused by the most powerful military machine on earth raining thousands of bombs on a fifth-rate military power already reduced to poverty by two wars and ten years of economic sanctions?
Iraq may develop one nuclear bomb (though the UN inspectors find no sign of development) - but Israel has 200 nuclear weapons and the US has 20,000 and six other countries have undisclosed numbers.
www.commondreams.org /views03/0227-12.htm   (1890 words)

  
 Opposition to the War and Occupation in Iraq - Global Policy Forum - NGOs
Opposition to the War and Occupation in Iraq
A reserve marine has refused orders to join the war in Iraq saying the war is “immoral because of the deception involved by our leaders.” The marine prefers the prospect of a military prison to a lifetime with a tortured conscience.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is walking a political tightrope between appeasing US demands on Iraq and taking the anti-war stance adopted by 80% of his electorate.
www.globalpolicy.org /ngos/role/iraq.htm   (4904 words)

  
 Worldandnation: Iraq mourns '91 victims, rejoices over war protests
WASHINGTON -- Faced with broad opposition to war at the United Nations, President Bush's national security adviser said Sunday that the White House might push a new U.N. plan to force a showdown with Saddam Hussein.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At the ruins of a bomb shelter struck by American missiles, Iraqi officials Sunday mourned the civilian victims of their last war with the United States and celebrated global antiwar protests aimed at preventing another one.
Chirac said if inspectors are able to certify Iraq free of weapons of mass destruction, "there can be no doubt that it will be due in large part to the presence of American forces" nearby.
www.sptimes.com /2003/02/17/Worldandnation/Iraq_mourns__91_victi.shtml   (772 words)

  
 Iraq War, 2003
Abizaid characterised the low intensity conflict in Iraq as "war", as doubts about the justification for the war and a peace plan continued to rise in the US and UK sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, killed in American raid in Mosul
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned that planned elections for Iraq sovereignty on 30 June were unworkable and that Iraq was drifting into civil war
despite much Parliamentary and popular opposition, the British Cabinet approved deployment of one battalion (1st Black Watch) from British zone (Basra) to American zone (Baghdad) to cover US assault on Fallujah
www.regiments.org /wars/21stcent/03iraq.htm   (1750 words)

  
 Adbusters : The Magazine - #55 No Future / Bush and His Detractors Head for Manhattan
In the lead-up to the November election, with his approval rating sinking faster than a rock in a Texas pond, popular opposition to Bush’s war in Iraq and his policies is headed for heights not seen since the days of anti-Vietnam War protests.
Soon, we’ll see how real that opposition is. Bush, the Republicans, and their many detractors are set to clash late August, when more than half a million march in New York.
Add to this the popular sentiment that Bush is coming to New York to wrap himself in 9/11’s patriotic backdrop before the election, and the cold welcome isn’t surprising.
www.adbusters.org /the_magazine/content/view/75/106   (772 words)

  
 Confederate Yankee
That's right: all through the years when hardly anyone was paying attention, soldiers, sailors and Marines were dying in accidents, training and otherwise, at nearly twice the rate of combat deaths in Iraq from the start of the war in 2003 to the present.
It says that war is "now seen as inevitable" by "Washington." That is, people other than Bush had concluded, based on observation, that he was determined to go to war.
Kos himself gripes about how much the War costs, hedges his bets by insisting he's not anti-war, but anti this war, and then relies upon a cute photo that he swiped from Atrios.
confederateyankee.blogspot.com   (2847 words)

  
 Protest against Iraq war in Dearborn, Michigan
There is a lot of popular opposition to war against Iraq.
Bush centered his remarks on the case for war against Iraq and the global “war on terror.&; He attempted to create an artificial amalgam between the terrorist bombing on the island of Bali, the Al Qaeda network, and the regime of Saddam Hussein.
The protest was called by the Michigan Emergency Coalition Against the War with Iraq.
www.wsws.org /articles/2002/oct2002/dear-o17.shtml   (655 words)

  
 maggister.com... writing
The primary source of opposition against each of these wars arose from the disappointment in the government’s rationale for going into battle, along with their actions and strategy in war time.
One of the most influential groups in history, The Beatles wrote songs against the Vietnam conflict that are still relevant in today’s modern war in Iraq.
Images from World War II were shown on newsreels in the forties, so the concept was not foreign, but the increased ownership of TVs in the sixties actually brought the Vietnam War into people’s homes.
www.maggister.com /writing1960s.htm   (2065 words)

  
 AghilhaM - Bush at Fort Bragg—fear-mongering, lies and desperation
It must reject the entire fraud of thewar on terror,” and insist that all those who conspired to launch the war in Iraq be held responsible both politically and criminally.
The Democrats’ chief foreign policy spokesman Senator Joe Biden praised Bush for speaking to the American people on Iraq, declaring, “Unless we regain their support, we’re in real trouble.” He repeatedly warned that there are not enough US soldiers on the ground, and suggested that more force is needed to do the job.
Bush now casts the war and the continuing occupation of Iraq as a struggle for freedom and democracy.
www.aghilham.com /news/iraq/20050630.html   (1473 words)

  
 Dresden vote could budge German stalemate - Boston.com
He alluded to his vehement opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq -- a stance that was particularly popular in the ex-communist east.
But Schroeder showed no sign of yielding, reminding voters of his popular opposition to the war in Iraq and calling his rivals "not fit" to govern because they couldn't stand up to "big partners" -- such as the United States.
"I am sticking to this, and so will a future government: the question of war and peace, as far as Germany is concerned, will be decided in Berlin and in no other capital," Schroeder said to cheers.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2005/09/30/dresden_vote_could_budge_german_stalemate?mode=PF   (643 words)

  
 CNN.com - Musicians join with antiwar group - Feb. 28, 2003
Asserting that the loose coalition-- called Musicians United to Win Without War -- is joining a growing chorus of protest against war with Iraq, Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons promised a mobilization of younger Americans.
The group didn't give specifics on what they plan to do to voice their protest, although Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne said the group is in discussions with publications to continue their ad campaign, hoping to reach different audiences.
Russell Simmons, left, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, discusses his opposition to war with Iraq as musician David Byrne looks on Thursday.
www.cnn.com /2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/27/musicians.antiwar   (459 words)

  
 CNN.com - Polls: 90 percent of Spaniards against war - Mar. 29, 2003
With opinion polls showing more than 90 percent of Spaniards are against the war, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar vowed his support of the war in Iraq would not lead to his ruling Popular Party being "cornered" by leftists and antiwar protesters.
Aznar, right, met with Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Azores ahead of the war.
Aznar is one of U.S. President George W. Bush's closest allies on the war, a stance Aznar justifies as part of the global fight against terrorism.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/europe/03/29/sprj.irq.spain   (551 words)

  
 .: NI online :. -- No War! --
The remarkable thing about the war on Iraq is not that a rogue superpower, by spending more on its military than the rest of the world put together, can blow a country like Iraq to pieces.
As the US administration looks beyond the borders of Iraq to other ’rogues’ that need sorting out, the choice we continue to face is between reasoned argument and brute force – between working to create a democratic peace and war without end.
One of the last visitors to leave Baghdad before war began, she remembers the buildings, great and small, now being destroyed in the country she loves.
www.newint.org /bombing.htm   (2026 words)

  
 The New Yorker: Fact
One day during the war, Albert Cevallos, at the time a contractor with the United States Agency for International Development, was standing with a group of civil-affairs officers at the Iraq-Kuwait border.
The ongoing debate over the war in Iraq has rarely moved beyond abstract terms to take into account the human beings—Iraqis and Americans alike—whose lives are affected by decisions in Washington.
Iraq is a non-stop crisis, and the C.P.A. exists in a temporal as well as a spatial bubble; any attention to the past or to a future beyond thirty days is a luxury.
www.newyorker.com /fact/content?031124fa_fact1   (16914 words)

  
 Pictures of Anti
The coalition is protesting the state visit of Bush to Britain and the war in Iraq.
Protesters opposed to a possibe war in Iraq took part in a demonstration at the airport today against the use of the civilian airport by U.S. military.
A U.S. Park Police Officer secures a fence from Anti-war protesters in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, January 19, 2003, as part of a march against the U.S. going to war with Iraq.
www.ccmep.org /2002_articles/Iraq/102702_pictures_of_anti.htm   (4113 words)

  
 2003 U.S.-Iraq War
This war, and the popular opposition to it, struck me as a decisive moment in history, a turning point in America's quest for empire.
In the weeks leading up to the war it was easy to find detailed stories in our media about the daily machinations of our president as he bought, bribed and bullied other countries into a "coalition of the willing," but there was almost nothing about you, the people of Iraq.
A report on Iraq casualties during the first weeks of the war.
www.fragmentsweb.org /fourtx/apologytx.html   (1686 words)

  
 The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq
The floundering occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan may be giving a renewed sense of urgency to the White House’s plans to reinstitute the draft.
The new U.S. war on Iraq began on March 20.
The U.S. government’s dirty war on Central America in the 1980s has become a model for the administration’s policy in Iraq and the Middle East.
www.socialistworker.org /Featured/Iraq.shtml   (1397 words)

  
 growabrain: War in Iraq Archives
Iraq War Fatalities is a chart of US and coalition military fatalities that have occurred in the War in Iraq since the onset, mapped across the dimensions of time and space.
We are a nation at war… And the sacrifices are being borne solely by the roughly 160,000 men and women in uniform who are risking—and losing—their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Perpetual War Portfolio is an evenly weighted basket of five stocks poised to succeed in the age of perpetual war.
growabrain.typepad.com /growabrain/war_in_iraq   (6375 words)

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