Panel speaks out against Bush

According to the Just Foreign Policy Web site, “a U.S. State Department poll in September found that most Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw.” The Tour for a Just Foreign Policy in Iran and Iraq wants to educate the public about why the Bush administration continues to refuse to leave Iraq.”The reason for the tour is to stop one war in its tracks and prevent one war from happening!” Antonia Juhasz said. “Stay the hell out of Iraq! Leave them alone!”Juhasz is the author of “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time” and is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.Other speakers on the Wednesday night’s panel included Raed Jarrar, Iraq project director at Global Exchange and Rostam Pourzal, president of the U.S. branch of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, who explained their positions on Iraq and Iran.”Over 600,000 Iraqis have died as a result of war and political violence since the invasion in 2003,” according to the Web site. “A range of polls show the majority of the Iraqis, as high as 82 percent in a recent poll by the British Defense Ministry, want the U.S. troops out,” according to the Web site.Juhasz said that oil is the “simple answer” for the intervention in Iraq. “The current president, vice president and the secretary of state has more experience with the oil and energy corporation than the government.”She said that oil and weapons are the “Bush Agenda.” The agenda is characterized by the idea that the U.S. believes that it has and should maintain economic dominance.Jarrar was in Iraq during and after the 2003 invasion, and witnessed the destruction in Iraq. The U.S. foreign policy wants to work towards dividing Iraq into three sections. “The three major forces, the United States, Iran and religious extremists like the Al Qaeda want to divide Iraq to benefit them,” he said.”The United States is working toward what the United States wants, not what Iraq wants. Iraq wants to work hard to enhance their situation in their own country without help from outside intervention,” Jarrar said.Pourzal visits Iran regularly and has been on the boards of several Iranian-American organizations. Pourzal said that the United States makes the assumption that the U.S. is the beacon of other countries, and that gives the U.S. responsibility to have control of others resources. Pourzal said that both conservatives and liberals seem to support the foreign policies of the United States because human rights, women’s rights and democracy are wedged into the issue which causes liberals to “feel softer about the imperial adventures.”Pourzal gave the example of the bombing in Afghanistan. Before the bombing occured, “the majority of feminists were encouraging the government to take a stand against Afghanistan” because of the oppression of women in the country.”Don’t get fooled by propaganda! The problems in Iran are exaggerated half thetime and make situations look 10 times worse,” Pourzal said.Election Day is right around the corner and “it’s one thing we can do-vote out the party that’s doing the agenda!” Juhasz said.