November 20th 2004


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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: George W. Bush's new direction

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Latham in denial over election loss

EDUCATION: Dr Nelson's new inquiry into school literacy

ESPIONAGE: Did a Soviet spy penetrate ASIO?

SECRET SERVICE: Lest we forget - a life in the shadows

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Old Moore's Almanac / Twilight of the false gods / Abortions, holocausts, and death-wishes

OPINION: Memo, Mark Latham: It's the family, stupid!

ABORTION: Speaking up for the unborn

CLIMATE: Global warming bombshell - hockey-stick plot used modified data

Why we must decentralise now (letter)

Errors about AQIS (letter)

Iraq war (letter)

Bush's Iraq war 'unlawful and immoral' (letter)

US Elections and abortion (letter)

No mandate for Howard Government (letter)

Left's hypocrisy (letter)

Standing for the DLP (letter)

BOOKS: HOW TO KILL A COUNTRY: Australia's Devastating Trade Deal with the United States

BOOKS: GETTING ON TRACK: A Business Plan for Australia

BOOKS: THE PYJAMA GIRL MYSTERY, by Richard Evans

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Bush's Iraq war 'unlawful and immoral' (letter)


by Steve McAuley

News Weekly, November 20, 2004
Sir,

Your suggestion that Mr Bush's moral stance on issues such as abortion makes him the preferred US president (News Weekly, November 6, editorial) reflects a narrow view of what constitutes "moral conduct".

While Bush should be applauded for his policies promoting the value of human life and marriage, it must be recognised that the unlawful and immoral US-led invasion of Iraq has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Moreover Bush continues to lie in relation to the reasons for going to war.

As your editorial recognises, there continues to exist a largely ignored underclass of people who have not benefited from America's economic growth and continue to live in poverty. Moreover the situation is worse in countries throughout Asia, Africa and South America where US corporations exploit workers without taking moral responsibility for the plight of those who struggle to stay alive.

Bush's policies continue to be short-term orientated with a marginal focus on long-term environmental sustainability. The refusal to meet America's international obligations indicates an obsessive focus on economic profit. Bush has a moral obligation to ensure some level of inter-generational equality.

Although many of Bush's policies are morally uplifting, the idea that Bush is a living saint is far from realistic.

Steve McAuley,
Beecroft, NSW




























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