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Friday, February 03, 2006

Bomb them, no matter what

Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, February 2:

"Tony Blair told President George Bush that he was 'solidly' behind US plans to invade Iraq before he sought advice about the invasion's legality and despite the absence of a second UN resolution, according to a new account of the build-up to the war published today.

"A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme."


Blogger Wombat said...

As if wee didn't knwo this already, but it's less straw for the war supporters to cling to when they insist that Bush and Blair did the right thing by going to the UN first.

The Dowing Street Memo said as much but because they have not actually been produced, the war part have been able to maintain some plausible deniability.

So when do the war crimes indictements get handd down?

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:32:00 am  
Blogger willy bach poetic thoughts said...

Dear Anthony

Thanks for bringing this Guardian article to our attention. I have to say, with some resignation, the substantial evidence shows that the war of aggression and plunder against the people of Iraq was and the ongoing occupation remains illegal.

Somehow the illegality of the war on Afghanistan has gone off the radar. It remains an important point to be reiterated that these trite facts are indeed true; otherwise the planned madness of a war against 70 million Iranians will eventuate. A 'coalition-of-the-willing' or a bevy of ‘neocon lunatics’ in Washington wants it to go ahead, whether the military are ready or not. All the indications are that they are not ready; they are exhausted, overstretched and demoralised.

Modern wars do not happen because a particular 'leader' is in power or gets angry. Years of deliberate and complex research, planning, procurement, intelligence gathering and training go into preparation for war. To fight in desert conditions you require special equipment and training. Even the soldiers’ clothing has to be appropriate.

Political leaders who actively participate in this process, as Blair, Bush and Howard did, have a special place in ‘selling’ the conflict. It is very noticeable that these very people are calling for merciless indiscriminate killing of civilians whilst trumpeting their attachment to what they call ‘values’, ‘moral focus’ or closeness to a deity, citing their religious affiliation. The higher their ‘claims’ to ‘morality’ the greater their willingness to see fellow human beings killed.

Yes, I do wish to see these people at The Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Willy Bach

Saturday, February 11, 2006 9:34:00 am  

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