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whosinpower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 02:31 PM
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Court martial confirms Britain given advance warning of Iraq invasion
I don't know if this was posted before or if any of you are interested - but it is very interesting to me - so I thought to share it with you - perhaps you have read it all before.

snip - 16 November 2004 - A court martial into the killing of a British soldier, held on October 26, heard how United States defence officials passed on plans for war against Iraq to the British Army almost six months before the invasion.

snip - The revelations constitute a damning refutation of the pre-war scenario elaborated by the US and UK governmentsthat of Iraqi non-compliance with weapons inspections being the trigger for war. That plans to attack Iraq were drawn up almost half a year in advance of the invasion confirms that the diplomatic manoeuvring in the United Nations and elsewhere by Washington and London in the run up to the war was but an elaborate smokescreen to conceal the fact that war was a fixed objective and would go ahead with or without the backing of the UN.

The armys attempt to have details of the war plan heard in camera on the basis of national security interests is entirely spurious. No conceivable state secrets could be jeopardised by revealing war plans that had already been put into action before the eyes of the world. Rather, it is a continuation of the efforts made by the British ruling class to conceal the criminal character of its unprovoked war of aggression against a largely defenceless country.

In the face of mass opposition to the preparations for war against Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair repeatedly insisted that no prior decision had been made for an attack. Right up until the eleventh hour, he was claiming that should Saddam Hussein agree to disarm his weapons of mass destruction, war could be avoided.

Such statements were a cynical hoax. London and Washington were all too well aware that Iraq could not agree to give up what it did not possess, and were making their military preparations on that basis.
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