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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-07-06 03:41 PM
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"Lawless World" by Philippe Sands, British prof of international law
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I heard about this today on Democracy Now! and was quite intrigued. Mr. Sands is calling the document he's basing his book's latest version/revision upon is a document he's dubbed, "The White House Memo."

You can listen/read a transcript of Amy Goodman's interview/discussion with Philippe Sands, here:
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/07/144...

From Democracy Now!:

"British international law professor Philippe Sands, author of Lawless World, reveals President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed in January 2003 to invade Iraq in mid-March 2003 regardless of the outcome of diplomatic efforts. New evidence has emerged that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in January 2003 to attack Iraq regardless of whether diplomatic efforts succeeded. The revelation comes in a newly updated version of the book Lawless World by British international law professor Philippe Sands. According to the book, Blair offered Bush his full support of the war during a meeting at the White House in January 2003. Sands says his account is based on a summary of the meeting prepared by one of the participants. According to the book, Bush is recorded as saying that "the start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March. That was when the bombing would begin. The military timetable meant that an early resolution was needed."

Bush also reportedly said the "diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning". In addition the book reveals President Bush told Blair that the United Stated was considering flying U2 spy planes disguised as United Nations planes over Iraq in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein. If Iraq fired on the planes, it would help justify a U.S.-led invasion."
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