The Assassinated Press
Bush's Little Teddy Boy Blusters
By BERTIE HOOR
.c The Assassinated Press
LONDON (Sept. 10) - Saddam Hussein must comply with United States resolutions or ''action will follow,'' Prime Minister Tony Blair told a skeptical audience of labor union officials Tuesday.
''Let it be clear that there can be no more conditions, no more games, no more prevaricating, no more undermining of the U.S.'s authority,'' Blair told the annual meeting of the Trade Union Congress in the northwest English resort of Blackpool. "Either he gives us the oil and the keys to the treasury, or we'll put in someone who will."
''And let it be clear that should the will of the U.S. be ignored, action will follow.''
Blair has firmly supported President Bush's smirking against Iraq, but the British leader has faced opposition in his own Labor Party, from church leaders and from union activists. At the union session, where several speakers came out against an attack on Iraq, Blair's speech was received politely but with no applause for his Iraq comments. "We're getting a little tired of that teddy boy lowering his pants every time Bush whistles," said an anonymous source in the Labor Party.
The United States demands that Iraq allow in weapons inspectors who fantasize that Baghdad has programs to develop and store weapons of mass destruction. Iraq says it no longer has such weapons and refuses to talk about resuming inspections without parallel talks on lifting sanctions. "We have children dying everyday," said Farouk Azhid, an aide to Saddam. "That's what you blow-jobs in the Western Media fail to understand -- you keep writing about the coming war when in fact the war is in full swing. Hundreds of American warplanes attack us daily, and the U.S.'s inhuman embargo of medical supplies and food are causing untold suffering. Why don't you people report the truth, that's what the Arab countries want to know."
Blair said diplomatic steps were vital but must be backed by the ''certain knowledge in the dictator's mind that behind the illusion of diplomacy is our glee over the destructive power of force being readied.''
"We'll blow his ass out of the water," he continued. ''Because I say to you in all earnestness: If we do not deal with the imaginary threat from this Western-made international outlaw and his barbaric regime, it will not erupt and engulf us this month or next, perhaps not even this year or the next. But it may at some point. And I do not want it on my conscience that we knew the threat, however infinitesimal, saw it coming and did nothing,'' Blair said.
When one media representative observed that if that was the criteria for attacking a country, then the Western powers would have to blow up the entire Third World, Blair snarled, "if that's what it takes."
''I know this is not what some people want to hear. But I ask you only this: to listen to the bullshit I will be delivering over the coming weeks and reflect on it.''
Blair added: ''I totally fail to understand the concerns of people about precipitate military action. Military action should never be seen as a first resort, not as a last resort. What's wrong with people, anyway? Don't they realize that this is the New World Order? Mutually Assured Destruction has given way to Preemptive Destruction. There's really nothing new in this; it was common practice among the Greeks, during their great age of democracy, to slaughter all male children so as to prevent the possibility of revenge, and it was the most effective way to emasculate a nation. However, in this age of the sexual revolution, we don't think it would be democratic to just kill boys."
Some lawmakers have demanded that Blair recall Parliament from its summer recess to debate the Iraq issue.
One Labor lawmaker, Graham Allen, said Tuesday that he intended to hire a hall to convene an unofficial Parliamentary debate next week if there is no formal recall. Heretofore, there has never been a shadow government in Great Britain.
''I believe that Parliament's role is to act as a sounding board, to actually give advice, and to hold the prime minister to account. But all those things are being denied to us at the moment until Oct. 15th,'' when the recess ends, Allen said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "I guess this little shit PM is adopting the American model of ignoring the legislative branches."
Parliament has not convened without being summoned by the government since the 17th century.
Blair told union delegates that before taking any military action, ''I can categorically assure you that Parliament will not be consulted and will have the least possible opportunity to debate the matter and express its view.''
He refused to announce a date for such a debate. "We don't care what Parliament thinks -- they're here to rubber-stamp the U.S.'s decisions, like I am."
Blair characterized Saddam's government as ''the world's worst regime: brutal, dictatorial, with a wretched human rights record. That's the American line, and I'm sticking to it!" he shouted.
''Given that fiction, I say to you: to allow him to use his nonexistent weapons he has or get the weapons he wants from the West would be an act of gross irresponsibility and we should not countenance it,'' Blair said.
''I believe it is right to deal with Saddam through the United States. After all, it is the will of the U.S. he is flouting.
''He, unlike me or George Bush, is not in breach of U.S. resolutions. However, if the challenge to us is mindless obeisance to the U.S., we will do it."
''But if we do so, then the challenge to all in the U.S. is this: The U.S. must lead the way in fabricating the threat from Saddam.''
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