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Event.png 2003 Iraq War (War,  War Crime,  US Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945,  Supreme crime) Rdf-icon.png
US Embassy Baghdad.jpg
Bush's Baghdad Palace covering 104 acres is "visible from space"
Date2003 - Present
LocationIraq
PerpetratorsUS, UK
Interest ofCommittee for the Liberation of Iraq, Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, Office of Special Plans, Operation Mass Appeal

The 2003 Iraq War – not to be confused with the Gulf War (1990-91) – was another invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies. A major motive was control of the oil in Iraq. While feigning disinterest in public, BP told the UK Foreign Office that Iraq was "more important than anything we've seen for a long time".[1]

Wesley Clark on Democracy Now! about the Pentagon's decision to invade Iraq.

Official Narrative

Saddam Hussein was a bad man. The invasion was not a resource war for oil, but a last-ditch way to destroy the country's alleged weapons of mass destruction" and an act of humanitarian intervention. When the invasion was launched Iraq had been linked by an incessant drum-beat of propaganda in the commercially-controlled media to the attacks of 9/11. The Wikipedia infobox used to[When?] declare the war to be "Part of the War on Terror", but did not elaborate.

Operation Mass Appeal

Full article: Operation Mass Appeal

Operation Mass Appeal was a disinformation programme started in the late 1990s to facilitate later invasion of Iraq. MI6 worked on the project, as did figure in the UK Foreign Office.

Downing Street Memo

Full article: Downing Street Memo

"The intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy", said Richard Dearlove, then head of MI6, at a meeting in Downing Street of Tony Blair's war cabinet on 23 July 2002.

WMD claims

Full article: “Iraq/WMD”

On 6 September 2002, George W. Bush claimed that the IAEA had published a “new report” about Saddam Hussein’s efforts to create "weapons of mass destruction" the U.S. news-media reported the statement but hid that it was a lie. He said (and CNN and others quoted it): “a report came out of the Atomic — the IAEA that they were six months away from developing a weapon. I don’t know what more evidence we need”. The IAEA issued a denial that there was any such report,[2] but US commercially-controlled media did not report their denial and reported Bush's claim without question.[3]

Dodgy dossier

Full article: Dodgy dossier

On 3 February 2003, as the drums of war on Iraq were rising in tempo and volume, the UK Government under Tony Blair released a document entitled "Iraq: Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation", supposedly based on high level intelligence. It turn out that the majority of it was a word for word copy of an article written by Ibrahim al-Marashi, a US based undergraduate.[citation needed]

The reality

The modern, educated, advanced nation of Iraq was reduced to a virtual failed state. The United States and its UK ally, beginning in 1991, bombed for much of the following 12 years, with one dubious excuse after another. In 2003, the US "Coalition of the willing" invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, tortured without inhibition, killed wantonly. The people of that unhappy land lost everything – their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women’s rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives. More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile. The air, soil, water, blood, and genes drenched with depleted uranium; the most awful birth defects; unexploded cluster bombs lying in wait for children to pick them up; a river of blood running alongside the Euphrates and Tigris; through a country that may never be put back together again. [4]

Opposition

Full article: Iraq War/Opposition

Even before the war was waged, an unprecedented number of people marched to demonstrate their opposition to the plans for war. Tony Blair claimed to have been impressed by this demonstration, but this is not supported by an April 2002 cable in which Colin Powell stated that "On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary".

Motivation

More than a million Iraqis would die as a result of this war, subsequent to Bush's minutely orchestrated "Mission Accomplished" publicity stunt in 2003

In spite of George W. Bush's claim that "You can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror",[5] the US never documented any connection between Saddam Hussein and 9-11, and indeed Iraq was not on the Pentagon's list of terrorist nations on September 11th. The 2003 Iraq War must be understood as a resource war for domination of the Middle East's remaining supplies towards the close of the age of cheap oil. In The Age of Turbulence (2007), Alan Greenspan wrote that "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." BP

Legal Status

This was heavily spun but the war was basically a war of aggression, the supreme international war crime. The US tried aggressively to involve as many other countries as possible into joining its "coalition of the willing". Efforts included illegal bugging of UN offices of other countries, as exposed by Katharine Gun‎. In November 2011, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission tried former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in absentia, and convicted them both for crimes against peace because of what the tribunal concluded was the unlawful invasion of Iraq.

Saleh v. Bush

Full article: Saleh v. Bush

In 2013, the United States District Court in the Northern District of California heard a legal case brought by Sundus Shaker Saleh that the Iraq war was an illegal act of aggression planned at least as early as 1998. Her charges were in some ways analagous to those brought at Nuremberg, but were dismissed in December 2014 by a ruling (citing the 1988 Westfall Act) that - since Saleh could not prove that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz were not acting within the scope of their employment - they deserved the "absolute immunity" claimed for them by the US Department of Justice.[6]

Iraq Inquiry

Full article: Iraq Inquiry

The Iraq Inquiry (2009-16), a long-drawn-out public inquiry under Sir John Chilcot, took a forensic look at Britain's role in this 2003 invasion of Iraq. When the Chilcot Report was finally published on 6 July 2016,[7] the online magazine Bella Caledonia cautioned that the Iraq War had been sanitised:

"The scale, depth and method of the occupation of Iraq is a story untold in the public mind. Now it is necessary that everyone clearly understands the context for the rage against Blair and Bush domestically, and consequently the UK and the US across the Middle East.
"The lies about WMD and the claims of a 45-minute cataclysm are important. Those are deliberate lies which furnished the case for the war and are important. They opened the gates of carnage for a whole population. What follows will not be easy to read.
"But the US and the UK have to face up to their crimes for without justice there will be no peace."[8]

The Chilcot Inquiry did not consider the documents which revealed a series of meetings between UK ministers and senior oil executives in 2002.[1]

Consequences

In 2006, the Lancet reported a figure of 655,000 excess deaths due to the war.[9] As of September 2015, Just Foreign Policy estimated Iraqi deaths at around 1.5 million.[10] As of August 2014, Iraq Body Count estimated that as an absolute minimum, 193,000 people have been killed as a result of the war, which the site describes as "a conservative cautious minimum". Extrapolating, this would mean a death toll of around 2-4 million. In 2007 Media Lens reported that IBC's figure was approximately 5-10% of the actual number.[11]

"Reconstruction"

In 2005, the USA spent more than $25 million a day on "reconstruction" of Iraq, but in 2013 the Center For Public Integrity reported that "Waste, Fraud And Abuse" were commonplace.[12]

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
David Aaronovitch“If nothing is eventually found, I – as a supporter of the war – will never believe another thing that I am told by our government, or that of the US ever again. And, more to the point, neither will anyone else. Those weapons had better be there somewhere.”David Aaronovitch
Midge Decter“We're not in the Middle East to bring sweetness and light to the world. We're there to get something we and our friends in Europe depend on. Namely, oil.”Midge Decter21 May 2004
Money laundering“Beginning in the very earliest days of the war in Iraq, the New York Federal Reserve shipped billions of dollars in physical cash to Baghdad to pay for the reopening of the government and restoration of basic services.

The money was packed onto pallets inside a heavily guarded New York Federal Reserve compound in East Rutherford, New Jersey, trucked to Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, and flown by military aircraft to Baghdad International Airport.

By one account, the New York Fed shipped about $40 billion in cash between 2003 and 2008. In just the first two years, the shipments included more than 281 million individual bills weighing a total of 363 tons. But soon after the money arrived in the chaos of war-torn Baghdad, the paper trail documenting who controlled it all began to go cold.”
Eamon Javers25 October 2011
Petrodollar“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”Alan Greenspan2007
Rendon Group“"Did you ever stop to wonder," Rendon later remarked, "how the people of Kuwait City, after being held hostage for seven long and painful months, were able to get hand-held American -- and, for that matter, the flags of other coalition countries?" After a pause, he added, "Well, you now know the answer. That was one of my jobs then."”James Bamford17 November 2005

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Cabinet Office Briefing Paper 21 July 2002briefing paper12 June 2005Generated for participants for the secret meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, this classified paper states that since regime change was illegal it was "necessary to create the conditions" which would make it legal. The last page is missing.
Document:Guilt by AssociationBook2008Jeff GatesA copiously referenced account of the extent to which Zionist Israeli interests have taken effective control of the US state, their methodology and their responsibility for taking America to war in Iraq in 2003
Document:Manning Memo 14 March 2002memo14 March 2002David Manning
Document:Peter Ricketts Memo 22 March 2002memo22 March 2002Peter Ricketts
Document:Sanitising the Iraq Wararticle6 July 2016Jonathon ShafiThe full horror of what Blair unleashed will never be truly understood in the West. And, internationally the full consequences of this war are still to be felt. As the sister of a soldier killed in Iraq said: “There is one terrorist in this world and his name is Tony Blair.”
Document:Suffer the little childrenArticle12 November 2012Susie BonifaceNine years ago the BBC was at the centre of another frenzy when it similarly accused the government of misleading the public. Only then it wasn't child abuse, it was starting a war after publicly stating our enemy could launch chemical weapons within 45 minutes of the order being given.
Document:The Death of David Kelly and the "Sexed Up" WMD Reportarticle21 February 2008Stephen Frost
David Halpin
Christopher Burns-Cox
Paul Brandon
Document:The Man Who Sold the WarWikispooks Page17 November 2005James Bamford
Document:The Woman who nearly Stopped the Wararticle19 March 2008Martin BrightIn January 2003 Katharine Gun, a translator at GCHQ, learned something so outrageous that she sacrificed her career to tell the truth. Martin Bright on a brave deed that should not be forgotten
Document:The Word We Dare Not Speakarticle24 February 2011John Pilger
Document:Saddam Hussain message to the people of Iraqletter30 December 2006Saddam Hussein
Document:Saddam Hussein letter to the American Peopleletter7 July 2006Saddam Hussein


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