2003 Iraq War

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Event.png 2003 Iraq War (War,  War Crime,  US Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945,  Supreme crime)
US Embassy Baghdad.jpg
Bush's Baghdad Palace covering 104 acres is "visible from space"
Date 2003 - Present
Location Iraq
Perpetrators US,  UK
Interest of Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission

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.

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

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,[1] 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."[2]

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 alledged 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 declares the war to be "Part of the War on Terror", but does not elaborate.

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. [3]

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",[4] 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."

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.

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.

Legal challenge

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.[5]

Consequences

In 2006, the Lancet reported a figure of 655,000 excess deaths due to the war.[6] In 2007 Media Lens reported that IBC's figure was approximately 5-10% of the actual number.[7] As of September 2015, Just Foreign Policy estimated Iraqi deaths at around 1.5 million.[8] 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.  

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
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
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.
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
 

Related Quotation

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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


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