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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Invasion of Iraq   Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:25 pm

The Press Conference in the UK today targeted Tony Blair for his role in the invasion of Iraq.  He is under fire with a pending lawsuit from the families whose sons were killed in Iraq.  A thorough investigation was made that resulted in a million-word report.  It was an opportunity for Tony Blair to come clean and admit he made a blunder and apologize to the families involved.  Instead he spent an hour justifying his actions while reviewing the report.  It is believed that his failure to admit his wrong doing may have something to do with the pending law suit.  The information used to justify invading Iraq was never checked by the UK and Tony relied on the word of GWB that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s and that he was a security threat.  Tony insists that taking out Saddam Hussein was a good thing.  Blair was warned by M.E. Experts not to invade.  That advice was ignored and instead he took the advice of an ill-informed person.
On the flip side, reporters who interviewed Iraqis were told that today they cannot walk down the street without fear for their lives.  They are struggling just to survive.  Under Saddam Hussein they had security and employment.  In addition they had electricity and water.  It is recognized that Saddam Hussein was a dictator and ruled with an iron hand.  At the same time, he provided for his people with jobs, food, healthcare and utilities.
 
Although Blair admits making mistakes and further admitted that there was no plan for what happens after the invasion.  There are books written about the before and after the invasion by reporters whose stories never got printed via the controlled media.  The stories are revealing, yet depressing to read.  One will never know the content of conversations between GWB and Blair on secure lines.  What Bush promised Blair is one of speculation.  Keep in mind that the UK held the more rights to Iraqi oil than any other country.  When Hussein Nationalized the oil, the Brits lost those rights.  It is believed (speculation) that a successful invasion without participation by the UK would deny them any rights to the oil to be acquired and it is possible that Bush made promises to Blair concerning the oil.  The speculation by some correspondents concerning the invasion is that it was about oil and not about WMD’s or any western power’s national security.  Al Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq and ISIS didn’t exist.  It is now recognized that Iraq was a stabilizing force and brought balance to the M.E.  After the invasion, the US searched diligently to find WMD’s or evidence of same and found nothing that would help justify the invasion.   Intelligence was tainted and not questioned by people like Tony Blair who made decisions about the invasion without consultation with other Ministers in his cabinet.  As stated in the report:  “Avenues of diplomacy had not been fully exhausted before making the decision to invade”.  The decision to invade was made by GWB and I believe that Blair simply followed his lead.  As Tony stated:  “Bush (America) would have invaded unilaterally if the UK had not joined in.” What justification is that?  If one drives over a cliff do you follow?
 
I’m guessing that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are a bit nervous waiting for the result of what happens to Blair.  If he is found guilty, they may find themselves in a similar situation.  American parents of sons and daughters killed in the Iraq war may file suit against those three.  In addition, the courts may finally have reason to bring them to justice for crimes against humanity among other things. Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War. Cheney should be required to return that money.  The money could be used to pay the families of the Iraqis and Americans that died from the invasion.  Money can’t bring them back to life, but it would help those who are suffering from the aftermath of the war. 
 
Footnote:  In my view the West would be better off letting countries in the M.E. solve their own problems in their own way.  The mentality is not that of the west and what may work in the west doesn’t mean it will work in the M.E.  We hear politicians say, by way of justification, that the rulers of these countries are killing their own people.  So we bomb cities and kill many innocents.  What is the difference?  It makes no difference to the victims by whose hand they were killed.  Who is to blame for the refugee problem?  Who will take responsibility and care for the refugees?  We have problems at home and the plight of many are ignored.  Many of our citizens are denied healthcare and there are many homeless.  How much aid sent to other countries could be spent at home for the care and welfare of our own citizens?  I’m not suggesting that we ignore the plight of those suffering around the world for lack of food and shelter, but at the same time why do so many ignore the plight of our own citizens?   Welfare is the responsibility of us all.  Neighbor helping neighbor is simple human kindness.
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PostSubject: Re: Invasion of Iraq   Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:26 pm

Follow-up.
In the news today it reported the angy reaction from Iraqis over Blair's speech.  They were especially vocal about his claim that Iraqis were better off since the invasion.  They said they have no electricity, water is scarce and they haven't finished digging up the bodies from the latest bombing. 
I don't recommend that Blair visit Iraq any time soon.
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