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Friday, July 22, 2005

Blair's bombs

While our mainstream media continues its delusions about the "War on Terror" - including feting Prime Minister John Howard for doing and saying absolutely of note in Washington and London this week - John Pilger writes in this week's New Statesman of Western culpability, "liberal" media blindness and the twisting of the terrorism debate:

"How many Palestinian babies have died at Israeli checkpoints after their mothers, bleeding and screaming in premature labour, have been forced to give birth beside the road at a military checkpoint with the lights of a hospital in the distance? How many old men have been forced to show obeisance to young Israeli conscripts? How many families have been blown to bits by America-supplied F-16s with British-supplied parts? The gravity of the bombing of London, said a BBC commentator, "can be measured by the fact that it marks Britain's first suicide bombing". What about Iraq? There were no suicide bombers in Iraq until Blair and Bush invaded.

"What about Palestine? There were no suicide bombers in Palestine until Ariel Sharon, an accredited war criminal sponsored by Bush and Blair, came to power. In the 1991 Gulf "war", American and British forces left more than 200,000 Iraqis dead and injured and the infrastructure of their country in "an apocalyptic state", according to the United Nations. The subsequent embargo, designed and promoted by zealots in Washington and Whitehall, was not unlike a medieval siege. Denis Halliday, the United Nations official assigned to administer the near-starvation food allowance, called it "genocidal"."

While the Australia media still ignores Seymour Hersh's report on Iraq's rigged January election - let's guess how long it may take them to pick up his lead - the Sydney Morning Herald today reveals its colours in an editorial discussing the "War on Terror." After suggesting that "opinions about the wisdom and propriety of going to war to topple Saddam Hussein remain polarised", the paper praised the Howard government's ongoing commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan, without once asking about the true agendas of the deployments, other than accepting Western government spin. No discussion about US-funded militias, those pesky, missing WMDs, torture in American custody and a planned Constitution that sidelines women and Israel.

Victory is at hand, indeed.


Blogger Jon said...

I'm waiting for the Australian Press to cover The Outing of a CIA agents name to the press to discredit her husband's pre war debunking of Uranium claims by Bush Co. This Treason goes straight to the heart of the lies that got the world into this mess.
Not to mention the Downing Street Memos.
Blair knew pre-war that The Bush Administration was fixing the facts to fit the policy.
And yet the White House official site still claims Iraq was on the verge of atomic weapons. A fact we know without a doubt, is false!

Ambasador Wilson's Op/Ed
What I Didn't Find in Africa
by Joseph C. Wilson 4th

Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq?

Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.

For 23 years, from 1976 to 1998, I was a career foreign service officer and ambassador. In 1990, as chargé d'affaires in Baghdad, I was the last American diplomat to meet with Saddam Hussein. (I was also a forceful advocate for his removal from Kuwait.) After Iraq, I was President George H. W. Bush's ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe; under President Bill Clinton, I helped direct Africa policy for the National Security Council.

It was my experience in Africa that led me to play a small role in the effort to verify information about Africa's suspected link to Iraq's nonconventional weapons programs. Those news stories about that unnamed former envoy who went to Niger? That's me.
Read On!

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:20:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks Jon.
A handful of us have certainly covered the Downing Street Memo, but the Aussie MSM is asleep, of course. Why? Many reasons, I suspect, not least is what our own govt may have known all those years about American plans for Iraq.
It's starting to unravel though, even in propaganda saturatd Middle America...

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:42:00 pm  

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