No matter how long he stays Prime Minister, whether it is just for one year or a full term of office, one thing is certain. Tony Blair will continue to be haunted by the legacy of the Iraq war and the ghosts of dead British servicemen. They follow him everywhere he goes. And now they could land him in jail as a war criminal.
In this pamphlet David Morrison provides a comprehensive account of the series of lies, half-truths and omissions employed by the British government to rationalize its planned aggression against the sovereign nation of Iraq.
In the months leading up to the invasion of
I detest his [Saddam Husseins] regime I hope most people do but even now, he could save it by complying with the UN's demand. Even now, we are prepared to go the extra step to achieve disarmament peacefully.
In fact, a year earlier, the Prime Minister had already offered his wholehearted support to President Bush in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato once wrote: only the dead have seen the end of war. In
Last month was the most bloody for US servicemen since January this year. The gruesome milestone of 2,000 American soldiers killed in
The bad news for Bush is that it took the insurgency some eighteen months to kill the first 1,000
"I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal
"There is no justification for
On November 7, 2004 the American-led siege of the Iraqi city of
Hospitals, schools, power supplies and water lines were destroyed as the city was dragged to its knees. Reports filed from the area were scant. Most journalists present were embedded with troops and their movements were tightly controlled. Allegations that American forces were using chemical weapons in Fallujah were widely ignored by the mainstream media.
January 2005 a British and an Iraqi civilian were killed just north of
Baghdad whilst working for security contractors Janusian Security Risk
Management Ltd. The employees were apparently riding in a convoy near to the power station they worked at when they were ambushed. Janusian is one firm amongst multitude of private military companies providing armed guard and escort services in
This month, the Iraqi people will vote in elections that will decide their future and their fate. It will be the next stage in their tortuous journey from oppressed people to a free nation. If everything goes smoothly, the elections should signal the beginning of the end of the occupation. The country will have a new government, a new assembly, a new constitution, and a new future.
The elections will be seen as a vindication for those in
On 2 February 2006, Channel 4 News carried extracts from a note describing a meeting between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair in the White House on 31 January 2003. The next days Guardian covered the same ground. The information was supplied by Philippe Sands to publicise the new paperback edition of his book Lawless World. Sands is a professor of international law at University College London and a barrister in Matrix chambers (with Cherie Blair).
The meeting between Bush and Blair took place at a time when UN inspectors were operating unimpeded in Iraq, but were turning up little by way of proscribed material. As a result, Bush and Blair were at a bit of a loss for a presentable justification to terminate inspections in order to take military action.