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What Hutton didn't ask
So, Tony Blair And George Bush...
Where Are Iraq's Weapons Of Mass Destruction?
CIA OFFICIAL David Kay (the neo-conservative picked by Bush to head the Iraq Survey Group searching for WMDs), has resigned. Much to the president's and Tony Blair's dismay Kay quit after his 400-strong military unit failed to discover such weapons.
"I don't think they existed," Kay said. "What everyone was talking about is stockpiles produced after the end of the last Gulf War  and I don't think there was a large-scale production programme in the 90s."
IN DECEMBER 2003 former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix dismissed claims made by Tony Blair on the British Forces Broadcasting Service that the Iraq Survey Group had uncovered "massive" evidence of a system of secret laboratories in Iraq.
EVEN SECRETARY of State Colin Powell now has his doubts about discovering WMDs in Iraq. He recently told reporters that it was an "open question" whether Iraq had any stocks of weapons of mass destruction at all.
INSIDER PAUL O'Neill, George Bush's former treasury secretary and cabinet member, said that within days of taking office in January 2001 the US president was plotting the downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime. This was before the 11 September attacks after which Bush cynically linked the issue of WMDs and terrorism to Iraq.
THE CARNEGIE Endowment for International Peace issued a report last month flatly contradicting the US and British government WMD claims, saying there is "no evidence of any Iraqi nuclear programme".
THE WASHINGTON Post earlier last month produced evidence confirming that Iraq destroyed its biological weapons after the first Gulf War in 1991.
"...MORE THAN seven months after the declared end of major hostilities, weapons of mass destruction have not been found. No significant pre-war link between Saddam Hussein and international terrorism has been discovered. The difficulty of establishing stable institutions in Iraq is making the country an increasingly unlikely staging ground for promoting democracy in the Middle East...
...In sum, the invasion of Iraq failed to meet the test for a humanitarian intervention. ...Intervention was not motivated primarily by humanitarian concerns..."
(War in Iraq: Not a Humanitarian Intervention, Human Rights Watch, World Report 2004.)
NO WMDs, no terrorist links, no democracy and no humanitarian reasons. The real reason for Bush and Blair's war on Iraq is the imperialist aims of the US and British governments - oil supplies and the geo-political control of the Middle East.
That's why we say; bring the troops back, support a genuine democratic workers' and peasants' government in Iraq, build an international socialist movement to end poverty and national conflict.
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