Iraq War “Boosted Al-Qaeda”

Supporting the US-led invasion of Iraq put the UK more at risk from terrorist attack, a report has said.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Economic and Social Research Council report also said the invasion boosted al-Qaeda.

The report, coming days after the London Tube and bus bombings, said support of the US-led Iraq war made attacks more likely.

“Riding pillion” with the US as a junior partner in the Iraq invasion had damaged the counter-tourism campaign, the report said.

It had boosted support, training and fund-raising for al-Qaeda.
(Source: BBC News)

Of course, Butcher Blair and his rottweiler John Reid (New Labour’s Norman Tebbit) have already rubbished this report. Their criticism of it consists of them sticking their fingers in their ears and going “la la la I can’t hear you!” That’s to be expected from the architects of the horror in Iraq.

But for the rest of us, people like you and me who aren’t protected by personal bodyguards, people who won’t get whisked off in Jags the moment there’s a hint of a bomb threat, this is bad news.

We’re the ones paying the price for Blair’s total subservience to Bush’s crusade. We’re the ones getting killed by the terrorists that the illegal invasion of Iraq has helped recruit. And we’re the ones who will lose family and loved ones in any future attacks.

Really, what did Blair expect? Did he expect that killing 100,000 non-combatant civilians would have no negative consequences? Did he think the whole Muslim world would go, “Oh – they’ve killed 100,000 innocent Muslims. Hurray for US and UK democracy! We love you Tony!”

This report is another kick in the balls for Butcher Blair.

When will the murderer be arrested? When will he face justice for his crimes?

US Subverted Iraqi Elections

President George Bush authorised covert intervention in Iraq’s January elections by using behind-the-scenes operatives in an effort to engineer an Iraqi government allied to the US and not dominated by Shia parties, claims an article in The New Yorker today.

Seymour Hersh, the American investigative journalist, said the White House secretly tried to influence the elections by undertaking operations “off the books”. This was after the President had been frustrated in his support for a CIA operation to fund political candidates anywhere in the world who were seeking to spread democracy.
(Source: The Independent)

For “democracy” read “anyone who will do what the US wants.” And remember that Saddam Hussein was funded and supported by the US for many years while he was doing their bidding. He only became a problem when he stopped listening to his masters.

And now we have the glittering jewel of “Iraqi democracy,” as trumpeted by all the apologists for the US and UK’s illegal invasion of Iraq. It’s a shame that jewel turns out to be nothing more than a bit of tarnished glass, grubbied by the hands of US imperialism.

Seymour Hersh has been exposing US government corruption and murder for decades. If only there were more reporters like him and fewer of the Fox News apparatchiks.

Mr Allawi clearly had money to spend during the election and it was assumed, though without any proof in Iraq, that this ultimately came from the US.
(Source: The Independent)

I think someone needs to inform President Bush of the difference between plutocracy and democracy. He seems a mite confused.