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war in Iraq has been over for months now, but the Occupation has
not brought peace.
almost a year of fire, death and carnage, comes the first shadowings
of the truth, as a former weapons inspector, David Kay, announces
to reporters and members of Congress, "We were almost all wrong."
(*USA Today*, 1/29/04, p. 1A).
politicized weapons inspector announced that there were no weapons
of mass destruction, the *cause belli* of the Iraq war, but it was,
after all, a pretty good thing to wage war against the Hussein Regime,
because he was a "bad guy." As for President George W.
Bush, he was not to blame, for he received 'bad intelligence.'
of a president, it seems to me, is not to "receive," but
to decide; to exercise judgment; to use reason and balance in a
world where missteps can cause global explosions. But, Bush the
Lesser isn't to blame. The CIA got it wrong, if Kay is to be believed.
The grim, and
unmistakable truth is that the President sits in the big chair to
make important, life-and-death decisions. War is certainly one of
the biggest decisions any political leader has to make. Bush blew
But Bush Lite
isn't alone; the members of Congress, who voted away their constitutional
responsibilities to their liege er, I mean, president, are
also to blame, for at a time when the nation needed real debate
around such questions as these, the Congress punted, and, in my
Nor is that
all. The nation's corporate media performed poorly in the weeks
and months leading up to, and after, the Iraq War. They acted largely
as billboards, and megaphones for the Administration, echoing and
parroting whatever drivel came out of Washington, and added martial
music and sexy graphics to make it sound or look better.
the shoddy treatment accorded to the ex-weapons inspector, Scott
Ritter, who was essentially run off of network and cable news programs
because he wouldn't address issues not related to the war?
to one major U.S. news outfit, was "radioactive" because
he wouldn't deign to discuss a slur thrown at him. Ritter, along
with William Rivers Pitt, wrote a splendid little book that virtually
predicted that no weapons would be found. *War on Iraq: What Team
Bush Doesn't Want You to Know* (Context: 2002) debunks the whole
range of Bush claims, regarding Iraq's threat to its neighbors,
the Kuwaiti invasion, and
yes weapons of mass destruction which Ritter asserts
were 90-to-95% destroyed after the first Gulf War of 1991. His co-author,
Pitt, summarized the duo's arguments nicely:
The case for
war against Iraq has not been made. This is a fact. *It is doubtful
in the extreme that Saddam Hussein has retained any functional aspect
of the chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons programs so thoroughly
dismantled by the United Nations weapons inspectors who worked tirelessly
in Iraq for seven years.* This is also a fact. The idea that Hussein
has connections to fundamentalist Islamic terrorists is laughable
he is a secular leader who has worked for years to crush
fundamentalist Islam within Iraq, and if he were to give weapons
of any kind to al Qaeda, they would use those weapons on him first
people should have known these facts before their sons and daughters
became cannon fodder for the Bush Regime in a war of occupation
in Iraq. They should have known these things before 500 Americans,
and perhaps (we don't know exactly, because no one has counted!)
some 10,000 Iraqis lost their lives. That they did not is testament
to the failure of the corporate media, which serves Power, not the
used to say that 'war is politics, by other means.' The Bush Regime
has waged war for its own political ends: the ability to say they
did it, even against overwhelming world opinion. The Iraqis are
but chess pieces in a globalist strategy of US dominance over much
of the region. But there is no peace, for there has been no justice.
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