All Campaigns subcategories:
Iraq war: Labour's lie machine
A former British senior intelligence officer claims that Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, 'sexed up' the Labour government's 'dodgy dossier' in 2002 to include the bogus threat that the Saddam Hussein regime could launch weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against British interests within 45 minutes.
The dossier, which included an introduction by Blair saying the document established "beyond doubt" that Iraq had WMD, was used to justify war against Iraq the following year.
In January 2010 Campbell told the Chilcot inquiry into the cause of the war that the 'facts' in the dossier hadn't been twisted to justify the ensuing war. However, in evidence to the inquiry, the Director General of Defence Intelligence, major-general Michael Laurie, flatly contradicted Campbell's version of events.
Laurie told the inquiry: "Alastair Campbell said to the inquiry that the purpose of the dossier was not to make a case for war. I had no doubt at that time this was exactly its purpose and these very words were used.
"We knew at the time that the purpose of the dossier was precisely to make a case for war, rather than setting out the available intelligence, and that to make the best out of sparse and inconclusive intelligence, the wording was developed with care."
Having 'made the facts fit the war', the US-British governments' invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, a bloody sectarian civil war, regional instability, and increased terrorism internationally.
16 Jan Robbing the working class
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 0798 202 1969
East Mids: 0773 797 8057
London: 020 8988 8786
North East: 0784 114 4890
North West 07769 611 320
South East: 020 8988 8777
South West: 07759 796 478
Southern: 07833 681910
Wales: 07935 391 947
West Mids: 02476 555 620
Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551