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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, October 01, 2002
    Essential snippets from Social Criticism Review
    Following-up yesterday's blog, some references to back up the argument about 'oil' and the ethical stance:

    Far from being the terrorists of the world, the overwhelming majority of the Islamic peoples of the Middle East and south Asia have been its victims - victims largely of the West's exploitation of precious natural resources in or near their countries. John Pilger
      Following the end of the Cold War, the United States seriously misread the nature of the world and the role of the United States in it. Instead of leading through diplomacy and attempting to set a good example, the United States has resorted most of the time to bluster, military force, and financial manipulation. Chalmers Johnson
    A war against Iraq has no logical connection to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Rather than diminishing terrorism, such an attack would further inflame anger against the United States and may well lead to more terrorist attacks. We have a right to wonder if the motive for war is not stopping terrorism but expanding US power and controlling Mideast oil. Howard Zinn

    The full texts from which these were extracted, and a wealth of other crucial reading besides, are collected in the excellent online library, Social Criticism Review.