Lies, Lies, The Weapons Of Mass Deception
By Edward W. Miller
"Whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ….the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in every country." Hermann Goering ( NUREMBERG DIARY )
"You simply cannot sell this war. It's poison. It's a colonial occupation with further unstated motives." Brussels diplomat ( Mar 18)
As our Tomahawk missiles illuminate the nights skies over Baghdad, and US troops in chemical-resistant outfits crouch on the Iraqi-Kuwait border, awaiting the order to advance, let's re-examine that barrage of falsehoods from the Bush' regime which lead congress and the majority of Americans down the road towards war:
On February 4th Mohamed El Baradei, Director-General of the IAEA, (International Atomic Energy Association) reported to the Security Council that as a result of 177 inspections and visits to 120 related nuclear locations "Iraq's nuclear program was neutralized …and there was no evidence of its rejuvenation." After White House spokesman Art Fleischer at the follow-up press conference stated: " We know he has it." Hans Blix challenged Fleischer, got the White House list of 25 sites, and with his team inspected each site and found " nothing." El Baradei's second report to the UN Security Council in March yielded the same negative results.
As Bush's nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" campaign began to fall apart his team concentrated on Saddam's "chemical and biological weapons." Here again, the White House was hoisted on its own petard. First, back in 1995, Saddam's son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, revealed to the UN, to our CIA, and to Britain's MI-6 that Iraq had destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons in 1991, along with the missile systems for their delivery. This admission was kept secret by these agencies, and Kamel, who had defected to Jordan along with Saddam's daughter, on his return to Iraq was executed for treason and dishonoring his family.
Next: there surfaced a number of articles and media reports demonstrating clearly that both biological and chemical materials for Iraq's weapons systems employed during the eight-year war with Iran, had been sold to Saddam Hussein by the US and its allies, and more embarrassing, that it was Donald Rumsfeld, a present member of Bush's troika, who represented the US companies in that military-commercial venture. A photograph of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in his palace in 1980 is available on the Web
Another fact, not mentioned by our media, is that Saddam, even if still in possession these materials, today has no systems to deliver them. His long-range missiles, impossible to hide from satellite reconnaissance and which Iraq's scientists never perfected, are long gone. Iraq's short-range missiles were being confiscated by the Blix team. Those Al Samoud missiles were permitted under the UN sanctions, but despite this were destroyed largely as a public-relations ploy by Blix and Company. The hoopla that Saddam cheated because these weapons exceeded their allotted distance by a few miles is pure baloney. Since their nose cones were empty the missiles exceeded their specified range in 17 out of 40 tests. Iraqi scientists, however, were not allowed to re-test the missiles under proper weight loads since Washington was already raising such a brou ha ha, and our local Zionists were furiously lobbying to remove whatever protection Saddam might still possess to guard his borders.
Failing to convince much of the public that Saddam still possesses those WMD's Bush then concentrated on his role as a savior of the Iraqi people, to rescue them from a " vicious tyrant" while pointing them squarely on the road toward democracy. It is not a likely sell except to the ignorant. because, before the Allies destroyed Iraq in the Gulf War, Saddam's people were enjoying the highest standard of living in the Mideast. Iraqis had universal health care, free university tuition, and more women in politics, the universities, business and graduate studies than any other Mideast country. Moreover, older Iraqis clearly recall similar hollow promises from their own colonial past and are fully aware of Washington's current failure to spend any significant energy and money rebuilding the just- re-ravaged Afghanistan.
Mideast specialist and revered columnist Robert Fisk, writing in the INDEPENDENT ( 6 March 2003) , quoted a Proclamation to the people of Baghdad issued by Britain's Lieutenant-General Stanley Maude on March 6th, 1917, shortly after Maude's British troops had invaded and were then occupying Iraq. The British General announced: "Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. People of Baghdad remember for 26 generations you have suffered under strange tyrants…. This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain.." (sound familiar?) Fisk compared Britain's Maude to Bush's General Tommy Franks. Washington has the reputation for not keeping its promises. One reason for Turkey's reluctance to cooperate this time around is the $50 billion loss that country suffered during the Gulf War, a loss Washington promised to refund but never did. Fisk also noted that western colonialism in the Mideast, in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, was always sold as "liberation, accompanied by another theme: the necessity of overthrowing tyrants…"
It is obvious that the drive to seize Iraq has also been driven by Cheney's oil friends. As noted in the SF Chronicle (10 Mar) a company tied to Vice President Cheney just won a Pentagon contract " for advice on rebuilding Iraq oil fields after a possible war."
Another hidden impetus behind Bush's War was revealed in the March/April 2003 magazine, MOTHER JONES, by investigative reporter Robert Dreyfuss: The United States " has steadily been accumulating military muscle in the Gulf, building bases, selling weaponry and forging military partnerships. Now, it is poised to consolidate its might in a place that will be a fulcrum of the world's balance of power for decades to come. At a stroke, by taking control of Iraq the Bush administration can solidify a long-running strategic design. Dreyfuss quotes James Akins, former US diplomat and once ambassador to Saudi Arabia : It's the Kissinger Plan," says Akins. " I thought it had been killed, but it's back." According to Akins, the plan to seize Arab oil was initiated in 1975 in a series of well-placed articles in such American magazines as Harpers, Business Week, and Commentary. Dreyfuss notes: "The idea began to gain favor among a feisty group of hard-line, pro Israel thinkers…. who played important roles in President Reagan's Defense Department." Today, lead by Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, this group now "occupies several dozen key posts in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department."
Dreyfuss also notes a Washington think tank named: Project for the New American Century, whose members include Richard, Perle, strategist Robert Kagan, William Kristol, NEW REPUBLIC publisher, Martin Peretz, and ex-CIA Director James Woolsey are " tied to a web of similar neo-conservative, pro-Israel organizations" Dreyfuss quotes Diplomat Akins: "It's a team that looks all too familiar, seeking to implement the plan first outlined back in 1975. It'll be easier once we have Iraq... we already have Qatar, and Bahrain too so it's only Saudi Arabia we're talking about, and the United Arab Emirates." Robert Dreyfuss also quotes Michael Klare, Hampshire College professor, and author of RESOURCE WARS, who concluded that :" Controlling Iraq is about oil as power, rather than oil as fuel ....Control over the Persian Gulf translates into control over Europe, Japan, and China. It's having our hand on the spigot."
Today, Muslims across the globe as they watch their satellite-accessed news from Al Jazeera, are well-aware of these international power-plays. Two weeks ago over 500,000 Pakistanis overran the streets of Rawalpindi in anti-war-anti-Bush protests, while Indonesias' capital Jakarta swelled with over 800,000 chanting against Bush's war. Their concern was not only threats to the future of their Mideast Arab emirates, but, with many of the Bush' team closely allied with Israel, they feared Washington's march towards Mideast hegemony was linked to Israel's Sharon and his Likud's dreams of Eretz Israel.
The legitimacy of this Muslim fear was also outlined by George Bisharat, Hastings Law professor, in a recent SF Chronicle column, Bisharat wrote: " The real reason we are going to war is the messianic vision of a small but influential group of strongly pro-Israel hawks within the Bush administration. Their goal is unilateral global domination through absolute military superiority." Bisharat notes that the group's leader, Richard Perle: "helped author a study for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu describing Hussein's overthrow as "an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right." War against Iraq would eliminate any obstacle to a disposition of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on terms that satisfy Israel's territorial ambitions on most or all of the West Bank.
Our President's promise to "bring democracy" to Iraq is laughable. Afghanistan, a country one tenth the size of Iraq, to whose people Bush made the same promise, is still a shambles. Countrywide anarchy is characterized by a resumption of opium growing, trade in drugs, women and guns, while their US-puppet president, Karzai begs in Washington for funds Bush promised to rebuild his country. Even the capital, Kabul, is not safe at night, and today (20 March) in Afghanistan's remote mountains, over 1000 of our army's 82nd Airborne Division are searching caves and shaking down villagers in search of Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.
Worldwide protests failed to halt the Bush march toward Armageddon and as I write today, US missiles are raining in over Basra and Baghdad while US and British soldiers, hunkered down in chemical-resistant outfits are crossing over into southern Iraq, a sifting of wind-blown sand partially obscuring the landscape. Just how many of Iraq's 26 million starving, and pauperized people will survive the Bush/Blair vicious bombardments and ground assaults only time will tell. Back in 1401 AD the oriental conqueror, Tamerlane conquered Baghdad, putting over 20,000 of its inhabitants to the sword, and destroying their great monuments. What will history say of Bush?
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