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More Proof Iraq War Was Not About 911

Posted by libhom Monday, February 01, 2010

Protest poster that says hands off Iraqi oilA lot of people on the right are so stubborn or gullible that they still want to pretend that the Bush regime went into Iraq because of the 911 attacks. Never mind the facts that the Iraqi government was not involved; Saddam Hussein's government and Al Qaeda were mortal enemies; and no individual Iraqis were involved with the attacks.

Now, we know that the Bush regime and its poodle, Tony Blair, worked to overthrow the Iraqi government before the 911 attacks even happened. From The Independent 2/1/10: (Hat Tip: Citizens for Legitimate Government)

A secret plan to foster an internal coup against Saddam Hussein was drawn up by the Government two years before the invasion of Iraq, The Independent can reveal.

Whitehall officials drafted the "contract with the Iraqi people" as a way of signalling to dissenters in Iraq that an overthrow of Saddam would be supported by Britain. It promised aid, oil contracts, debt cancellations and trade deals once the dictator had been removed. Tony Blair's team saw it as a way of creating regime change in Iraq even before the 9/11 attack on New York.

The document, headed "confidential UK/US eyes", was finalised on 11 June 2001 and approved by ministers. It has not been published by the Iraq inquiry but a copy has been obtained by The Independent and can be revealed for the first time today. It states: "We want to work with an Iraq which respects the rights of its people, lives at peace with its neighbours and which observes international law.

"The Iraqi people have the right to live in a society based on the rule of law, free from repression, torture and arbitrary arrest; to enjoy respect for human rights, economic freedom and prosperity," the contract reads. "The record of the current regime in Iraq suggests that its priorities remain elsewhere.

"Those who wish to promote change in Iraq deserve our support," it concludes. "We look forward to the day when Iraq rejoins the international community." A new regime was to be offered "debt rescheduling" through the Paris Club, an informal group of the richest 19 economies, given help from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and handed an EU aid and trade deal. Companies were to be invited to invest in its oil fields. A "comprehensive retraining programme" was to be offered to Iraqi professionals.

There is an investigation into the Iraq War going on in the UK which is revealing all sorts of things. There really needs to be a similar investigation here in the US to reveal all the lies and fraud that got us into the illegal war on Iraq that goes against all American values.

 

2 comments

  1. RickB Says:
  2. Contract on Iraq...
    It is not itself a bad policy in theory (to let dissidents know they have support outside the country) although the details- the privatising and assigning of contracts to outside corporations, debt plans etc. gives the clue to the true motivations (they wanted a client state and also to act as a bulwark against Iran). It's the soft imperialism of corporate globalisation. You are really taking your life in your hands trusting the UK govt with being honest and concerned for human rights. As events showed they would not stand against Bush when the war plans were drawn up.

     
  3. Lori Says:
  4. Exactly! Why aren't Bush and his administration having to answer for these crimes?

     

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