A Reality Check special looks at the questions being asked about the threatened war in Iraq: is it against international law to invade a sovereign state and force regieme change? If this is really about Saddam Hussein's having weapons of mass destruction shouldn't other nations with such weapons programs also be disarmed? "No Blood for Oil" shout the protesters who firmly believe that what America is really after is control of Iraqi oil fields? And, what about the Iraqi civilian population...hasn't it already suffered enough under UN sanctions?
Two international lawyers address the legality of it all -- Phil Shiner (Public Interest Lawyers, U.K.) and Nick Grief (University of Bournemouth, U.K.).
Leonard Cole, author of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE: THE POLITICS OF BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WARFARE and Rutger's University political scientist), deals with the issue of does it matter who has the weapons of mass destruction.
Ken Aldeman (former Reagan administration official and director of TechCentralStation.com) says the war has nothing to do with Iraq's rich oil reserves but Robert Ebel from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. is convinced that a future war is definitely about who gets the oil.
And, to give us a view from Baghdad is a 26 year old University of Vienna student, Reinhard Eckert, who recently returned from Baghdad with the Internationale Versöhnungsbundes.
On February 15th more than 1 million people all around the world are expected to protest the Bush administration's war plans. Find out why they're taking to the streets on FM4's Reality Check
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