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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, June 18, 2012

18 June - Limits to Perception

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Australian Prime Minister John Howard told the Australian people and the Australian Parliament that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On the 18 March 2003 Howard told the Australian Parliament that these weapons were “a direct, undeniable and lethal threat to Australia and its people” and, for this reason, Australia will be part of a coalition that will ‘disarm’ Saddam Hussein.[1]

Howard’s announcement that Australia would join the coalition to attack Iraq was the culmination of nearly 18 months of Western anti-Saddam propaganda and rhetoric that had begun soon after 9/11. During that entire period between 9/11 and prior to the announcement to the House of Representatives on the 18 March 2003, Howard had always denied that any decision had been made to join with the coalition in any attack on Iraq.

Howard’s decision to join the coalition to attack Iraq was, so Howard told the Australian people, based on the notion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. 

Blogger opit said...

"if they can’t, by diplomatic pressure and by the weight of world opinion"
The Taleban had requested proper court documentation for extradition court including reason to believe Osmama bin Laden - a Saudi prince who had been instrumental in funding the fight to get the USSR our of Afghanistan in the CIA Charlie Wilson's War when mortars and missiles were supplied by the USA - involved and culpable in 9/11. The FBI has not listed him as responsible to this day.
And of course, legal papers giving the Taleban cover for delivering into torture Saudi royalty who was an intimate of the Bush family were never supplied.
The yellowcake peril was a hoax by Cheney's office that required the sacrifice of undercover operations of Brewster Jennings in the Middle East when CIA NOC Valerie Plame / Wilson ( wife of ambassador Joe Wilson sent on the ridiculous mission to Nigeria to establish if Saddam had been intent on purchasing yellowcake, which was abundant in Iraq ) was 'blown' by Scooter Libby ( he spent 2 years in jail for a death penalty offense ); presumably because threat evaluation was made up and she would not fake information.
In the UK the Downing Street Papers exposed Blair's perfidity.
Then there is the matter of framing nations such as Iran, which pursue nuclear disarmament, as 'the Real Threat'. That is a decades old ploy known as the NPT TRAP.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 5:42:00 AM

A Mechanism for War
Rhetoric and Spin
War Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Abuses and Misuses of Intelligence
A Mythic Reality
Items of Note
Bush Administration Claims vs. The Facts

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