Tony Abbott: The Moral Case For The Howard Government

The Minister for Health, Tony Abbott, has delivered a speech to Young Liberals defending the Howard government on moral grounds.

Abbott claimed: “There is a moral case to be made for the policies of the Howard Government such as Work for the Dole, the war in Iraq, the mandatory detention of illegal boat people along with much else which is supposed to indicate its heartlessness. But it’s a much harder and more complex argument than that which holds that the proper role of government is to play the Good Samaritan on an epic scale.” [Read more…]


A Child’s Guide To United States Foreign Policy

Satire

This piece is currently floating around cyberspace.

Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?

A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction honey.

Q: But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.

A: That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them. [Read more…]


Colin Powell’s Address To The United Nations Security Council On Iraq

This is the transcript of the Address to the United Nations Security Council by the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Text of US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Address to the United Nations Security Council on Iraq.

Colin PowellThank you, Mr President.

Mr President, Mr Secretary-General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.

This is an important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1441. [Read more…]


Simon Crean’s Address To Parliament On Iraq

This is the prepared text of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s Address to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

Simon Crean statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

The statement by the Prime Minister is his argument for war, not a plan for peace.

It only took the Prime Minister until only the second page of his statement to conclude that the only possible outcome is war.

There are several things on which we agree. [Read more…]


John Howard’s Address To Parliament On Iraq

This is the text and video of Prime Minister John Howard’s Ministerial Statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq.

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John Howard statement to the House of Representatives on Iraq. [Read more…]


Saddam Hussein: Apparatus Of Lies

This is a document circulated in 2003. It’s provenance is not known.

The 34-page booklet is called: “Apparatus of Lies: Saddam’s Disinformation and Propaganda 1990-2003”.

The Executive Summary in the booklet says: “In December 1998, when U.N weapons inspector Dr. Richard Spertzel became exasperated by Iraqi evasions and misrepresentations, he confronted Dr. Rihab Taha, the woman the Iraqis identified as the head of their biological weapons program and asked her directly, “You know that we know you are lying. So why do you do it?” She straightened herself up and replied, “Dr. Spertzel, it’s not a lie when you are ordered to lie.”

“Dr. Taha’s brief reply is one symbol of a highly developed, well disciplined, and expertly organized program designed to win support for the Iraqi regime through outright deceit. This elaborate program is one of the regime’s most potent weapons for advancing its political, military, and diplomatic objectives. In their disinformation and propaganda campaigns, the Iraqis use elaborate ruses and obvious falsehoods, covert actions and false on-the-record statements, and sophisticated preparation and spontaneous exploitation of opportunities. Many of the techniques are not new, but this regime exploits them more aggressively and effectively – and to more harmful effect – than any other regime in power today.

“In the weeks ahead, as the international community seeks to enforce UN Security Council resolutions and disarm the Iraqi regime, governments, the media, and the public are urged to consider the regime’s words, deeds, and images in light of this brutal record of deceit.”

The booklet says it discusses the lies that Iraq has used to promote its propaganda and disinformation in four broad categories: crafting tragedy, exploiting suffering, exploiting Islam, and corrupting the public record.


Saddam Hussein: A Decade Of Deception And Defiance

Ahead of President George W. Bush’s speech to the General Assembly, the White House has released a catalogue of claims that Saddam Hussein has engaged in a decade of defiance of the United Nations.

The White House booklet claims the Iraqi leader “has systematically and continually violated 16 United Nations Security Council resolutions over the past decade”.

The booklet says: “For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein has deceived and defied the will and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council by, among other things: continuing to seek and develop chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and prohibited long-range missiles; brutalizing the Iraqi people, including committing gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity; supporting international terrorism; refusing to release or account for prisoners of war and other missing individuals from the Gulf War era; refusing to return stolen Kuwaiti property; and working to circumvent the UN’s economic sanctions.”