DAP supports Mahathir's "Third World War" warning in Davos and calls for all-party roundtable conference to set an example for all other countries of the world apart from the US and UK to achieve national and international consensus of "No War in Iraq"

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Port Dickson, Sunday): DAP supports the "Third World War" warning given by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the stand that Iraq is a "side issue" to the fight against terrorism.

It is clear that an American war on Iraq is not about terror, weapons of mass destruction or democracy but about oil and American hegemony.

There are powerful evidence that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is a mere pretext for American President Bush to go on a warpath or to use the title of a recent article by renowned writer John le Carre, "The United States of America Has Gone Mad", eg:

  • North Korea, whose nuclear programme is far more advanced than Iraq's and which has the crucial delivery system. Yet the US has declared it will not attack North Korea but there is talk of an attack on Iraq. It would appear that having a real and credible WMD programme exempts one from American attack.

  • Israel, which has had a large nuclear arsenal for 40 years. United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, paragraph 14, calls for removing all WMDs from the Middle East, yet the US has never volunteered to enforce that clause.

An American war against Iraq is a foolish diversion from fighting terror as it is a sure-fire way to fan the flames of terrorism.

DAP calls for an all-party roundtable conference to support Mahathir's "World War Three" warning in Davos and to demonstrate that all political parties in Malaysia, whether in government or opposition, are united as one in their stand of "No War in Iraq", regardless of their political differences.

The all-party roundtable conference in Malaysia should be an example for political parties all over the world, except for the United States and United Kingdom, to achieve national and international consensus of "No War in Iraq".


* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman