jacdon at earthlink.net jacdon at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 29 16:24:19 MDT 2003

The following article will appear in the Sept. 4, 2003, Mid-Hudson
Activist Newsletter, published in New Paltz, N.Y., via
jacdon at earthlink.net

After a year of systematically lying to the American people about the
Baghdad government's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction
(WMD) in order to rationalize an unjust war against a virtually
defenseless Iraq, Washington seems to be in the process of changing its

Now, after searching throughout Iraq to no avail and facing harsh
questions about its veracity, the Bush administration is suggesting it
was the victim of "bogus Iraqi defectors who planted disinformation to
mislead the West before the war."

According to the Los Angeles Times Aug. 28, "U.S. and allied
intelligence agencies [presumably the British, since only London agreed
with Washington's conclusions] have launched a major effort to determine
if they were" hoodwinked by Iraqi agents into believing Baghdad had a
huge storehouse of WMD.

The newspaper notes that "As evidence, officials say former Iraqi
operatives have confirmed since the war that [President Saddam]
Hussein's regime sent 'double agents' disguised as defectors to the West
to plant fabricated intelligence.  In other cases, Baghdad apparently
tricked legitimate defectors into funneling phony tips about weapons
production and storage sites."  

The purpose of this, it has been alleged, was to deflect a U.S. attack
by conveying the impression that Iraq was well armed.  The Iraqi
government, of course, repeatedly insisted that it did not possess the
weapons and pleaded for the UN to continue its inspections, but that
apparently doesn't count.

In other words, the American people are now supposed to believe the
Baghdad government intentionally supplied Washington with misinformation
that forced the Bush administration to launch a preemptive war to
destroy the Baghdad government.  This makes about as much sense as
thinking Washington would actually send 150,000 troops to invade a
country that did in fact possess sufficient weapons of mass destruction
to wipe out the attacking army.

What's happening is a classic example of damned if you do, damned if you
don't.  If the weapons are found it proves Iraq lied.  If the weapons
are not found, it proves Iraq lied.  

Thousands of U.S. soldiers and agents are still searching for the
elusive WMD, of course, and it remains entirely possible that the White
House eventually will fake "evidence" that it has located some
qualifying weapons.  But won't UN weapons inspectors be able to
determine whether the evidence is genuine or fabricated?  Possibly — and
that's why Washington has prohibited the UN weapons inspectors from
entering Iraq or participating in any phase of the massive hunt.

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