:: Monday, March 22, 2004 ::


Demonstrator with flag

Hundreds marched through Glasgow in the pouring rain on Saturday to remember the dead of the Iraq war, and to continue to hold the lying politicians to account. Remember this was a war fought supposedly because of a direct threat caused by 'weapons of mass destruction'. There were no WMD, there are no WMD. Hans Blix knew it, David Kelly knew it. The Sunday Herald reports that:

"on the day of the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, Donald Rumsfeld urged George Bush to retaliate imme diately by bombing Iraq.

Richard Clarke, then the White House counter- terrorism co-ordinator, said: “Defence secretary Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq. We all said, ‘But no, no, al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan.’ They were talking about Iraq on 9/11.”

Rumsfeld responded by saying that “there aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq”.

Clarke – who is expected to testify on Tuesday before a US Senate hearing reviewing the attacks – said although it was clear al-Qaeda was to blame for the attacks on New York and Washington, Rumsfeld again argued for the need to bomb Iraq at a crisis meeting the next day, even though there was no evidence of the country’s involvement...

...Despite Bush’s national security leadership meeting formally nearly 100 times in the months before the September 11, 2001, attacks, terrorism was the topic on only two occasions.

The last of those two meetings occurred the week before the terrorist attacks as they were putting the finishing touches to a proposed national security policy review. The review was finished on September 10, 2001 and was awaiting Bush’s approval when the first plane struck the World Trade Centre.

“Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he’s done such great things about terrorism,” Clarke said. “He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something.”

So much for defending democracy. Bush, Blair, Aznar et al have proven they will lie and manipulate the truth when it suits them. So much for democracy when we learn of the rumours that forces around Aznar were discussing a military coup in Spain the night before the election.

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