Today’s onslaught on an impoverished country by the world’s biggest military superpower is a black day for humanity, Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke said.
“This is an unjust, illegal and immoral act of aggression,” said Mr Locke. “There is no basis under international law for the invasion of Iraq and there is no UN mandate that grants any shred of legitimacy to this action.
“The norms that govern international affairs have been fatally breached today and the authority that the United Nations has worked so hard to develop over the last 50 years has suffered a grievous setback.
“Our thoughts are with the innocent men, women and children of Iraq. Having suffered a decade of unfair sanctions they are now bearing the brunt of a massive assault on their cities and towns.
“We must continue to do everything to stop this war. Our government should move to call the UN General Assembly into urgent session, as it can do under the provisions of Resolution 377.
“Green MPs will be participating in protest actions which will take place across the country,” Keith Locke said.
“We must challenge this unilateral use of brute force in international relations. It is such an affront to humanity, when there was so clearly another way of dealing with the Iraq crisis. The inspections were making progress and the United Nations engaged.
“Unfortunately, the ramifications of this invasion will reverberate through the region and through the world for some time come.”