back to URBAN DEMOCRACY, special issue, Spring 2003,
An Illegal War...
|A European newspaper, The Independent of March
21, 2003, on page 6 published an AP photograph.
It shows a member of the European Parliament
with a sign stating in very clear terms that the US aggression against
Iraq that was unleashed the day before amounts to nothing less than an
The caption included notes that quite a few
"members of the European Parliament" display[ed] [such] anti-war signs
at a meeting in Brussels" the other day.
According to the correspondent of the London-based
daily, Mary Dejevsky, the "fiercest" accusations "came from Europe. "President
Jacques Chirac [...] said: 'France regrets this action, started without
UN backing.' [...]" A large number of politicians and citizens of Europe
concurred that a U.S. war against Iraq without UN approval amounts to a
breach of international law, an illegal act of aggression which is liable
to occupy the International Court in the Hague. In the past, the leadership
of Japan and the German Reich had to face special courts in Tokyo and Nuremberg
in order to face charges of planning a war of aggression. This set a precedent
which American, British, French and other politicians at the time hoped
would deter further militarist adventurism. The people of Europe (from
Poland to Spain, from Denmark to Italy) who contradict their governments
by widely supporting resistance against the war (70- 80 per cent against
the war in most countries), today hope that the lesson of Nuremberg is