Osama bin Laden's latest solidarity tape
about the war in Iraq is no proof that Saddam Hussein has a nexus or is in
"partnership" with al-Qaeda against the United States to justify a Bush war
by Lim Kit Siang
United States Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that the new
statement believed to be from Osama bin Laden talks of the "partnership" the
al Qaeda terrorist leader feels with Iraq, and that the nexus between
terrorists and states that are developing weapons of mass destruction can no
longer be looked away from and ignored.
Osama bin Laden's latest solidarity tape about the war in Iraq is, however,
no proof that Saddam Hussein has a nexus or is in "partnership" with al-Qaeda
to justify a Bush war on Iraq, or the majority of the peoples in the world,
including the peoples of the United States and United Kingdom, who are
opposed to an unilateral US-led war on Iraq without specific United Nations
sanction, could be similarly accused of complicity or conspiracy with the
crimes of Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden.
The Bush Administration will be doing both the United States and the
international community a grave and tragic disservice if it attempts to use
the latest bin Laden audio tape which called on Muslims to fight on the side
of Iraq as evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda are in cahoots.
Although the Bush administration had raised the US national alert to
"orange", the second highest level, it was most ironic that President Bush
did not mention Osama bin Laden a single time in his State of the Union
Speech last week, prompting the German Foreign Minister, Joshka Fischer to
ask US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Munich on Monday before the
surfacing of the latest bin Laden tape as to why Iraq, rather than the
threat posed by al Qaeda terrorists, was the US priority now.
Saddam Hussein is a brutal and horrible dictator for decades, and
international pressure must mount relentlessly that Iraq comply with UN
Security Council resolution that it disarms its weapons of mass destruction.
This however can be no licence for the United States to lead an unilateral
war against Iraq without specific UN Security Council sanction, which would
be no less an act of international lawlessness.
DAP had on Monday sent an urgent fax to the US Ambassador to Malaysia, Marie
Huhtala for a meeting this week to convey DAP's strong opposition to any
unilateral US-led war on Iraq using the forthcoming Friday's Security
Council meeting and the second report of the US weapons inspectors as the
trigger point for war.
DAP has not received any response from the US Embassy, which seems to
reflect hyper-power arrogance.
It would most regrettable if the Bush Administration and the US embassies
have become deaf to voices of reason and dialogue and can only understand
the language of demonstrations for peace-loving peoples all over the world
to convey their feelings and concerns on the issue of war and peace in Iraq
and the world.
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National