The JSA strongly opposes US-UK attack against Iraq and
calls for peaceful settlement through the UN
October 1, 2002
The Japan Scientistsf Association
The Bush administration is about to conduct preemptive attack (perchance
using nuclear weapons) against Iraq, which the administration this January
placed as gan axis of evilh together with Iran and North Korea. The Department
of Defense made a detailed plan for attack against Iraq, and the Bush administration
proposed a resolution of gauthorization to use forceh to the US Congress.
US military action is already developing in neighboring countries as Kuwait
and US intelligence agents start to work in the Northern Iraq where Kurd
President Bush brought two excuses to justify attack against Iraq in his
UN address in September.
1. There are keen suspicions that Iraq has high-level contacts with terrorists
such as al Qaeda members that have been suspected to conduct the synchronized
attack on September 11, 2001, and it supports and cooperates with them.
2. There is a possibility that Iraq behind the curtain develops and possesses
weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, biological etc.), on account
of Iraqfs defection of UN resolutions that asked to accept inspection after
the Gulf War.
These excuses, however, only indicate the existence of gpotential possibilities
(doubts)h with the absence of clear evidence. It can be definitely stated
that these problems would not be accurately verified without any actual inspection
on the spot.
Changing preceding strategy, Iraq accepted without condition UN inspection
after Bushfs UN address. The US did not handle Iraqfs acceptance because
it stalls, adhering to a new UN resolution that leads to the gauthorization
to use forceh, shows an attitude not to hesitate unilateral military action
in case of Iraqfs reject. One may see here the USfs understanding that the
heart of issue is not the acceptance of inspection but Iraqfs threat and
its real intension to gdefeat Saddam Husseinh whatever it takes.
The US unilateral or the US-UK bilateral attack against Iraq corresponds
to gpreemptive attackh that Art. 51 in the UN Charter renounces and gthe
act of aggressionh to sovereign nation, and violates international laws.
If the UN adopts the resolution of gauthorization of use forceh, it will
lead to gthe suicide of the UNh, namely the forfeit of raison dfêtre of the
UN. We hope that UN Secretary General Anan will take the responsible initiative
in this problem.
In Iraq after the Gulf War, approximately a million of tall mostly consisting
of children, aged, and women, has been taken on by air raids frequently conducted
by the US and the UK on the excuse of trespass into the no-fly zone established
without the UNfs authorization, after effect of depleted uranium ordnances,
and by stringent economic sanction on Iraq lasting up to now from the time
of one-sided imposition after the Gulf War.
The attack by the US and the UK would wreak further disaster on Iraqi people
in this situation. We oppose any attack against Iraq and call for peaceful
settlement of the issue through the UN. We strongly hope that every UN country
ant its nation be on the same standpoint as ours and reach out to the US,
the UK, and the UN.
The Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi not only does not show the definite attitude
to oppose USfs attack against Iraq, while Chancellor Schröder and President
Chirac opposed, but also intends to introduce all-out national emergency
legislation saying gIt is good to have a shelter against every stormh. We
strongly claim that PM Koizumi should make efforts to peacefully settle on
the base of the Constitution, rescinding his attitude to cooperate on attack