Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003
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Sir, Half a millennium after European colonisers first emerged, we are now seeing a re-emergence of the same players, now rallying around the sole global superpower in its bid to control strategic resources. The meeting in Azores of old colonialists, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the U.S., is hardly a peace initiative, but most likely a meeting of minds that think alike that some countries are pre-ordained to exploit others.
The fact that global public opinion is against a unilateral war can have little impact if these leaders led by George Bush are motivated by that sense of superiority, greed and righteousness that so characterised the colonials from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
However, history need not repeat itself this time round, and the world is a much more dangerous and unstable place. Their plans could blow up in their face and blow up the world too.
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Sir, The only way to avoid war in Iraq is for Saddam Hussein to step down as advised by Gorbachev. Thus Saddam will be able to save lives and avoid the destruction of Iraq as even with all the weapons of mass destruction he is presumed to have he cannot defeat the U.S. He will be able to spoil George W. Bush's plan for the Iraqi oil, which will be definitely used to meet war expenses and promises such as $ 16 billions to Turkey. If he steps down with a road map to democracy with U.N.-sponsored elections, it will be a moral victory for Saddam.
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Sir, Despite protests from all over the world, the U.S. is going ahead with its war against Iraq, a country reeling under the impact of sanctions. This is purely a war on Islam and a clash of civilisations. Today the victim is Iraq; tomorrow it could be any country, even India. The U.S. has become a threat to world peace and has piled up weapons of mass destruction. It is time to disarm the U.S.
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