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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Wake up to the nightmare

Repeat after me: America and Britain are serious about peace and actively promote the value of human rights around the world. Iraq is the best example of this, a noble enterprise with the stated aim of bringing democracy and stability to a Middle East country blighted by years of brutal dictatorship.

A convenient narrative - and yes, Saddam was a brute - but Western interest in Iraq has always been about promoting the commercial interests of multinationals and private contractors.

This report on the arms trade in the UK Independent provides a telling insight into the true agenda behind the Iraq war. This extract explains all:

A spokesman for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said: "The arms fair will include nearly all the main providers of the weapons used in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They will not be embarrassed about a conflict undertaken on a false premise that has cost tens of thousands of civilian lives, but will be revelling in the use of their weapons in the conflict and the promotional material that it provides."

The spokesman [for the arms fair] said the invasion and occupation of Iraq had been "good news" for the major arms companies. "It has allowed them to label their arms as battle-tested and provided them with promotional material for their missiles, bombs, fighter aircraft, artillery, tanks and armoured vehicles. They will be marketing their weapons to countries from around the world with the full support of the UK Government and the perverse promotional assistance provided by the ongoing conflict in Iraq."

6 Comments:

Blogger Andjam said...

A convenient narrative - and yes, Saddam was a brute - but Western interest in Iraq has always been about promoting the commercial interests of multinationals and private contractors.

Which'd explain the sanctions and the USA and Britain accounting for less than 1% combined of Saddam's military imports (all of which a mistake, but was dual-use). (hyperlink available on request)

provides a telling insight into the true agenda behind the Iraq war (emphasis added)

So it wasn't the neo-cons or oil after all?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:43:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It you can't make the connections and still feel the need to defend the 'noble' Iraq war, despite the mountains of evidence against it, not much else I can do...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:47:00 am  
Blogger msnada said...

Tried and tested! Iraq as research and development for the arms industry. Wow, it just gets better and better.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 12:22:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

This article is making more disconnections than connections, Ant!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 1:16:00 pm  
Blogger msnada said...

The article certainly can't be clearer. The spin that the arms industry puts out is deplorable...if this is the up side to this "just" war, that buyers have "proof" that the damn things work...kill and maim... well, that is pitiful. Actually, it's disgusting.

For my previous post, I needed that bloody irony font,

Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:13:00 pm  
Blogger CB said...

In the voice of a mindless drone, in accordance with dreamboat's commands;
"America and Britain are serious about peace and actively promote the value of human rights around the world."

Iraq as a test bed for new weapons? Where else would you like to try them? Gaza? Hang on, there's a thought...

And Saddam was a 'brute'. How very descriptive. Is that why he is on trial, for all those brutish crimes?

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:38:00 pm  

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