Für mich heißt die folgende Meldung nur eines: der amerikanische Elitesoldat ist gewohnt, täglich 40 Hamburger zu verdrücken, 5 mal zu duschen, 3 mal Sex zu haben und zehnmal mit seinem Anlageberater zu telefonieren. Da ist sowas wie Krieg ein störendes Nebenbei-Erlebnis zum Job. Und das kann man mit Rücksicht auf die Konsumerwartungen keinem zumuten. Ergo muß gehandelt werden: entweder die Allierten halten ihre Köpfe hin im Bodenkampf oder man schmeißt ne Bombe.
Zwingend logisch unter Börsengesichtspunkten.
Go, Goerge, go .... gogogogo ...
Conflict could soon be nuclear
From Roland Watson in Washington
THE US Congress has been warned that President Bush’s proposed attack on Iraq could escalate into a nuclear conflict.
An assessment of Iraq’s capabilities says that the US is unlikely to knock out many, if any, of President Saddam Hussein’s mobile missile-launchers in a first wave of airstrikes. It raises the possibility of Baghdad hitting an Israeli city with a missile carrying biological agents, saying that Saddam is likely to use chemical and biological weapons.
Israel’s likely reaction would be nuclear ground bursts against every Iraqi city not already occupied by US-led coalition forces. Senators were told that, unlike the 1991 Gulf War, when Washington urged Israel not to retaliate against Iraqi missile strikes, Israeli leaders have decided that their credibility would be hurt if they failed to react this time.
The assessment was written by Anthony Cordesman, a former Pentagon and State Department official now with the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies. He was a witness before last week’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and chosen to open a national debate on the looming Iraqi conflict. He queried the ability of US forces to use pre-emptive airstrikes to cripple Iraq’s mobile launchers, which would be used for chemical or biological weapons. Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, has alluded to the problems of locating the launchers.
Referring to the Gulf War, Mr Cordesman said that, despite contrary claims, the US had not detected most Iraqi chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons and missile capabilities. US and British forces also had “no meaningful success” in finding Scud missile sites, nor were the airstrikes of Operation Desert Fox in 1998, after the departure of UN weapons inspectors, successful.
“It’s likely, therefore, that Iraq could succeed in launching some CBRN strikes against US coalition forces, targets in neighbouring states, and / or Israel.”It could take days to characterise biological agents. “Even US forces would only be able to firmly characterise dissemination by observing the lethal effects,” he said.
The United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, rejected conditions set by Baghdad for new talks and told Iraq last night he was waiting for a “formal invitation” for UN weapons inspectors to return. Mr Annan said in a letter to Iraq’s foreign minister that new talks must focus on “practical arrangements” for the resumption of inspections.