latest from Pravda

D OC donaloc at peterquinn.com
Tue Sep 24 10:21:04 MDT 2002


>Obviously, I am not sure of the accuracy of this but this is how Pravda is
carrying Blair's dossier. It appears that there will be a stage-managed
acquiescience by token leftie 'Clare Short' the overseas development
minister. Channel 4 News (which is leading the way in British Current
Affairs Journalism - and has been for some time) reckons that Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder's recent anti-US war rhetoric will be 'overcome by the
weight of evidence' at some stage in the future. Sounds like something that
might happen...<

BLAIR’S DOSSIER AGAINST SADDAM COSTS LIVES OF 37,000 BRITISH SOLDIERS

British Prime Minister Anthony Blair is going to present secret evidence
that
Osama bin Laden’s key assistants were trained in Iraq on instructions from
Saddam
Hussein. The ministers will have three hours before possible military
operations
against Iraq to digest the document. On Monday, the prime minister presented
the document to the cabinet, whose session lasted for not more than two
hours.
After reading the document, Secretary for International Development Claire
Short
said the discussion had been fruitful and the ministers managed to reach
unanimous
agreement. However, not everything is as smooth in London as they would have
you believe. There is no unanimous opinion concerning the participation of
British
troops in a war against Iraq at all. Conservatives and Laborites make up one
front opposed to the prime minister. That is why Anthony Blair treated today
s session of the Parliament as a last attempt to bring the situation under
his
control. If he finds convincing arguments to unmask Hussein’s regime, he is
a success; if he fails, he is likely to be replaced this year. His ratings
are
rapidly going down, which that is why he needs a triumphant war against Iraq
as never before.

...snip...

According to different estimates, if an offensive launched against Baghdad,
losses of attacking troops will make up 15%: 37,000 soldiers out of 250,000
will be killed or wounded. The general, who retired just recently, says that
the evidence presented in the dossier compiled against Saddam Hussein is not
enough to wage a war.

...snip...

for full go to English version at
http://pravda.ru/main/2002/09/24/47505.html


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