Empty Days

Sunday, April 04, 2004



An open secret

Now that the the dam of silence is cracking open, a big British newspaper, The Observer, produced an article on how Bush and Blair "made a secret pact for Iraq war" nine days after 9/11. This is confirmed by an ex-ambassador who "reveals discussion".

Well, the whole world was pretty much aware that the push for war in Iraq was not exactly based on any of those supposed "legitimate pretexts" that were broadcasted to the wide public through the big media - and that's why Canada did not go along, for example. Not because it had any certain information that there were no WMDs to go after, and not because it could actually prove that there were no Al-Quaeda links from 9/11 or anything. But because in all of the diplomatic world it was clear and obvious that the true reason for that war had nothing whatsoever to do with those dubious pretexts. Something that became especially glaring after Powell demanded of the UN that the inspectors be pulled out (remember that super-diplomat Blix?) - since they were not finding anything, you know.

And our crazy and loud-mouth PM Jean Chretien just did not think that entering this "secret pact" or what not would be such a great idea.

And hell - he was damn right. The Americans tried to "punish" Canada afterwards, by some spiteful reversals of some economic decisions etc. Just like they tried to punish Europe. Fuck you, I say - first get clear on your own lies, then blame the others.

That's what Clarke did, ladies and gentlemen. That's what he did, while you're trying to channel this whole thing into a Clinton-vs-Bush retro-drama. He paved the way for the whole truth to come out on Iraq - all over the fucking world.
Details of this extraordinary conversation will be published this week in a 25,000-word article on the path to war with Iraq in the May issue of the American magazine Vanity Fair. It provides new corroboration of the claims made last month in a book by Bush's former counter-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke, that Bush was 'obsessed' with Iraq as his principal target after 9/11.

But the implications for Blair may be still more explosive. The discussion implies that, even before the bombing of Afghanistan, Blair already knew that the US intended to attack Saddam next, although he continued to insist in public that 'no decisions had been taken' until almost the moment that the invasion began in March 2003. His critics are likely to seize on the report of the two leaders' exchange and demand to know when Blair resolved to provide the backing that Bush sought.
Coalition of the Willing - indeed.





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