The real root of the Iraq invasion.
Now that everyone apart from Dick Cheney recognises that the Iraq war has been an appalling failure, and now that all the original justifications for the war have long since collapsed, where do those who originally supported it turn? Some just pretend it never happened, or that they really never approved of it.
There is a deafening patter of paws as sundry politicians and pundits rush to the side of this sinking ship, and there have been many displays of selective amnesia worthy of Tony Blair himself. Why, not far from this very page angry voices can be heard condemning as criminal folly a war they once praised enthusiastically. A cynic might even speculate that if the operation had turned into anything that could plausibly be represented as a success, some of these latter-day peaceniks would now be trumpeting victory and denouncing those who always opposed the invasion as fainthearts or traitors.
(Source: The Guardian)
Please read the full article, linked above.
The Iraq war was never about removing Hussein or any threat he allegedly posed to the UK or US. First of all – Iraq, threaten the US? That’s like an ant threatening a whale.
Indeed, if the war was about saving Iraqis from torture, murder and oppression, why have the brave liberators slaughtered 655,000 of them? And tortured, raped and generally oppressed other Iraqis with impunity?
This was never about morality, this was never about freedom or democracy or all those lovely words thrown about by Bush and Blair to justify their illegal invasion. This war, like all wars, was about economics. It was about one country wanting another country’s resources. It was about oil:
The industry-favoured plan was pushed aside by a secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq’s oil fields. The new plan was crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq’s oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas.
The sell-off was given the green light in a secret meeting in London headed by Fadhil Chalabi shortly after the US entered Baghdad, according to Robert Ebel.
Mr Ebel, a former Energy and CIA oil analyst, now a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told Newsnight he flew to the London meeting at the request of the State Department.
Mr Aljibury, once Ronald Reagan’s “back-channel” to Saddam, claims that plans to sell off Iraq’s oil, pushed by the US-installed Governing Council in 2003, helped instigate the insurgency and attacks on US and British occupying forces.
(Source: BBC News)
The rest of it was all shop-dressing: Blair’s “45 minutes,” Colin Powell’s Kruschevian UN grandstanding, waving around dossiers of faked WMD evidence, all of it was misdirection that our media happily lapped-up and regurgitated to us, verbatim.
Now, only a moron would try to defend the Iraq invasion as an operation of pre-emptive “regime change.” That’s why Hazel Blears is supporting that explanation, even though precisely this action was defined as a war crime by the Nuremberg Tribunal. Here’s an MP that’s so thick she’s openly supporting war crimes.
If you read the Guardian article at the start of this post, you’ll see the usual run of pro-war comments from Tories, Republicans, BNP voters, KKK members and all the other armchair generals who so gleefully wave other people’s children off to die. What always amazes me is their philosophical cowardice. Why don’t they simply say, “We wanted the oil so we took it, if you don’t like that, fuck you! We hate Ay-rabs!” Instead, they try to depict Bush and Blair’s massacre in Iraq as some kind of grand humanitarian act.
Funny that the first thing the invaders secured was the oil ministry… they didn’t much seem to care about anything else in Iraq. Of course, there wasn’t that much left after they’d bombed it flat in the name of peace.
And now that supporting the illegal Iraq invasion is being rightly recognised as insane, politicians are rapidly distancing themselves from that vote-losing position. Hmm…
But wait… what’s that I hear? Moves to invade Iran? Apparently, it’s CHOCK-FULL of WMDs that are aimed at us. We’re probably no more than 45 minutes from attack! And look who’s lining up in the chorus to sing us this familiar song – why, it’s all the same cunts who sang that tune about Iraq!
What a surprise!