A self-described "powerful trans-Atlantic alliance" is turning up the rhetoric against a regime with a history of unleashing deadly toxins on a civilian population and covering up the evidence.
The alliance also has identified an axis of three powerful countries that allegedly aid and abet these deliverers of mass destruction. One member of this axis is the United States.
"Never before has such a powerful alliance been forged in the face of such a deadly threat," declared John Seffrin, M.D., president of the International Union Against Cancer, who spoke at a Feb. 17 press conference in London.
The Geneva-based program that represents anti-cancer groups in 90 countries joined with the American Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK, the world's two largest cancer charities, to launch the opening shot in the "global war on tobacco."
The cancer fighters say the U.S., Germany and Japan are blocking attempts at forging an international ban on the advertising of tobacco. The groups want to offer grants to fund anti-smoking activities in 12 developing nations under assault from the "propaganda machine of the tobacco industry," according to ACS Chairman David Zacks.
They have yet to ask the U.N. to send cigarette inspectors.