Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 March 2003

Bush's Bribes And Dirty Tricks...


DESPITE SOME hefty arm twisting and dangling a $30 billion carrot in front of Turkey's political leaders, a US plan to use that country's military bases to launch a northern invasion of Iraq has come unstuck.

Although the Turkish parliament voted last Saturday by 264 to 250 votes to allow 62,000 US troops to deploy in Turkey, it fell short of the necessary majority. The vote left a fuming US, which tried to put a brave face on this setback, and a sick looking Turkish prime minister, Abdullah Gul.

The vote in parliament partly reflected the overwhelming opposition (94% in some opinion polls) of Turkey's population. During the parliamentary debate up to 100,000 people, mobilised by peace groups and trade unions, demonstrated against the war threat in the capital, Ankara.

Ironically, the block on US military deployment comes just weeks after the rift between NATO members over deploying US missile systems to Turkey was papered over.

Unless the situation can be retrieved the US military faces a logistical headache re-routing its troops and hardware. Furthermore, part of the reason for a northern invasion of Iraq by US forces was to act as a buffer between armed Kurdish forces seeking an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq and a Turkish military wanting to crush such aspirations.

Prior to the vote the US had promised Turkey that it would 'maintain the integrity of Iraq' ie prevent an Iraqi Kurdistan. Without sizeable numbers of US ground troops in the region, Turkey and Kurdish forces could engage in a bloody conflict.

With Turkey's rulers already facing economic crisis, labour unrest, the ongoing Cyprus question, etc, a US-led war with Iraq is proving to be a major source of instability.

UN's "Floating voters"

US SECURITY service agents are using spying, phone-tapping, and dirty tricks to get the UN to pass the resolution authorising military action against Iraq.

A secret document unearthed by The Observer calls on US spooks and spies to step up surveillance action, including intercepting phones and emails of the six wavering countries on the UN Security Council.

Blatant bribery is also being wielded by Bush and his humble servant Blair to get the vote to invade Iraq. The six floating voters on the Security Council after Bulgaria pledged its vote for Washington are:

ANGOLA which relies heavily on US imperialism for investment and foreign aid. The US offered Angola help for 'reconstruction' after their 27-year-civil war provided it gives the OK for another war in Iraq.

Washington also says it will look the other way if Angola's government goes back on promises to move towards openness and democracy.

CAMEROON supports France's more cautious attitude on war. But Cameroon president Paul Biya faces an election shortly and doesn't want to alienate members of the International Monetary Fund especially the USA who could make life difficult for Cameroon.

A third impoverished African country, GUINEA, is being wooed away from France with promises of aid for their army rangers and a large amount of Britain's 4 million earmarked for West African refugees.

Bigger and less poverty-stricken Security Council members like Chile, Mexico and Pakistan cannot be bribed so cheaply.

CHILE had supported more time for the UN inspectors. There is talk of a US free trade agreement with Chile and other Latin American governments as an inducement to vote the right way.

Trade deals and a new deal for migrants may not be enough to win over MEXICO.

Mass opposition to war in PAKISTAN may also make it very hard to get support from the Musharraf dictatorship.

But the world's richest nation keeps its bribery machine working on some of the planet's poorest states.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 7 March 2003:

Action Now To Stop Bush & Blair's War

Firefighters Demand A Living Wage

Mass Action needed to stop War

School and College Student Action Friday 7th March

Bush's Bribes And Dirty Tricks

A New Alternative To New Labour?

Anti-War Reports

International Women's Day

General Strike In Algeria

SSP Conference: Scottish Socialists Debate The Way Forward


Home   |   The Socialist 7 March 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

triangleJoin the Orgreave Halloween rally

triangleTheresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

triangleThem & Us


triangleTurkey: constitutional referendum result a pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

triangleAttacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

triangleTurkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum


triangle'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

triangleRussia, October 1917: When workers took power


triangleChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni



PCS ballots members on the pay cap


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice