("Quid coniuratio est?")
BENEATH THE VEIL
The indiscretions of a "government source" in Washington (probably designed to torpedo Clinton in his presidential campaign) have permitted the lifting of part of the heavy veil thrown by the United States over its operation in Iraq and, without a doubt, it will drop with a thud on the table of the United Nations Security Council, from which the United States had wanted to drag out a condemnation of Bagdad and an imposition of silence regarding its supposed "punitive" action.
Now it turns out that the CIA, which since 1992 is paying the opposition in Iraq and in exile, and is organizing plots against Saddam Hussein, was organizing his assassination and also a military coup, which the movement of Iraqi troops into the northern part (Kurdistan) of the country completely frustrated.
The facts are clear: Iraq is one, and it includes Kurdistan and the south of Iraq, which the United States tries to exclude from Bagdad's jurisdiction. Besides, the support given by the Iraqi army to the peshmerga (guerrillas) anti-Iranian Kurds (and subsidized by Bagdad) against the anti-Iraqi Kurds (supported by Teheran) not only consisted in the defense of national sovereignty being menaced from the exterior but was also a preventative security measure. On the part of Washington, on the other hand, the plots, the attempt at magnicide, and the preparation of a coup d'etat -- now admitted by the "government source" in question -- corresponds quite well to the tradition that began shortly after the Second World War and which was consolidated in Vietnam, Guatemala, Chile, Grenada and which failed in Cuba (to cite only the most notorious cases). And the bombing of Iraq, if it consists in a "punishment," is for not having allowed a coup d'etat financed and organized from abroad, with local and international agents that today are being thwarted.
These are, we repeat, the plain facts. The problem of the character of Saddam Hussein's regime and of his personality, or of that strange "democracy" that clandestinely constructs assassinations and coup d'etats (with bad results) should be provisionally put to one side so as to focus attention on the question of national sovereignty. This has been newly trampled on by Washington's decision to act as a Holy Trinity -- fiscal, judicial, and police in a single person -- besides hiding its actions from U.S. public opinion and from public opinion worldwide, and seeking from both complicity in the crime. The imperial conception, according to which the United States decides in the name of all just what should be the world order and which are national governments, should be strongly condemned. Not just because the Pax Americana is, as we have seen, war, but also because it violates international law and imposes the law of the jungle on the relationships between peoples.
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