Cameron hides truth on Iraq war

This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld – THE ULTIMATE CLIP (Edited).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Anti-war activists press for release of Iraq documents

Saturday 9th November 2013

Peace campaigners scold David Cameron

Peace campaigners scolded David Cameron yesterday after the Tory Prime Minister excused the cover-up documents that would reveal the full story behind Britain’s invasion of Iraq.

Sir John Chilcot has made 10 requests for access to the classified information in order to conclude his inquiry into [the] 2003 attack and publish a report.

They include 130 transcripts of conversations between former Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown with former US president George Bush.

Details of around 200 cabinet discussions and 25 notes from Mr Blair to Mr Bush are also included in the documents.

But Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood has stalled the process over what Mr Cameron called concerns over “sensitivity” in a letter to Mr Chilcot.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament leader Kate Hudson accused the government of driving the inquiry from the long grass and “into the woods.”

She said: “How much longer can they keep up this charade? It is now over a decade since Tony Blair took the UK into a bloody war in Iraq based on a lie.

“To say these conversations are ‘central’ to the inquiry is an understatement – they are crucial to understanding the path to war, including if Blair guaranteed unconditional UK support for an illegal invasion.”

Menzies Campbell, who was Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman at the time of the invasion, also labelled the hold-up as “intolerable.”

He added: “The Iraq adventure is one of the most serious failures of government policy in the last 50 years.”

See also here.

Syrian boy, a future interview

This 2012 video from London, England says about itself:

ANDREW MURRAY, Rally Against Military Intervention in Iran and Syria, Stop The War Coalition.

This is a fictional interview. The scene is set in the future. The future of tomorrow; or maybe of the day after tomorrow. Or a still later future. I hope: a future which will never happen.

The “I” in the story meets a happy looking boy in Syria.

I ask: “Where is your father?”

“A government army bomb killed my father”.

“Where is your mother?”

“An anti-government al-Qaeda bomb killed my mother”.

“How terrible, my boy! … But … why are you smiling?”

“An hour ago, a NATO bomb killed my brother and my sister. That is supposed to make me happy. That bomb showed that the Western governments have realized that “doing nothing is not an option”. It showed that they had understood what Tony Blair, the Middle East peace envoy, has expressed so eloquently: “Stop hand-wringing and start action.” Never mind what action.”

From the Stop the War Coalition in Britain:

Emergency protest: No attack on Syria

Stop the War Coalition, 28 August 2013.

Syria protest

London: Downing Street, 5—7pm, Wednesday 28th August

Britain, France and the US are committing to another disastrous military intervention. Apart from the inevitable casualties, any attack on Syria can only inflame an already disastrous civil war and would risk pulling in regional powers further.

Most people in this country have learnt from the disasters of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. According to a Telegraph/YouGuv poll on Sunday only 9% of the British public would support troops being sent to Syria, and only 16% support sending more arms to the region. Our politicians however have learnt nothing.

We need the maximum level of protest to stop them plunging us in to yet another catastrophic war.

Join the Facebook event here.

There will be a further protest at the weekend – details to come.

Britain: Peace campaigners today warned MPs against being hoodwinked into supporting a disastrous military adventure in Syria during Thursday’s emergency recall of Parliament: here.

German media beats the drum for war against Syria: here.

British people condemn Iraq war

This video is about the anti Iraq war march – London, February 2003.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Iraq war ‘delivered little but bloodshed’, say Britons in 10-year anniversary poll

Majority of voters across both sexes and all age ranges still back anti-Iraq war protesters of 2003, according to Guardian/ICM poll

Friday 15 February 2013

A demonstrator wears a Tony Blair mask outside the Chilcot Inquiry

Iraq war protests – a demonstrator wears a Tony Blair mask outside the Chilcot inquiry into the conflict, in London, January 2010. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters

After the anti-war marchers took to London’s streets in February 2003, Tony Blair brushed them aside and suggested history would be his judge. Ten years on, the ink on the first draft of history is dry, and, according to a Guardian/ICM poll, Britons are not reading it in the way Blair would have hoped.

A majority of voters, 55%, agree with suggestions that “the London marchers were right”, because “a war sold on a false prospectus delivered little but bloodshed”. That is almost twice the 28% who believe the marchers were wrong, on the basis that the war’s achievement in “toppling the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein” eventually made the world a better place.

The approximately two-to-one balance of opinion against the Iraq war broadly applies across both sexes and every age range. Every nation and region of the UK also retains a clear anti-war majority, with the judgment in Wales – 65% in favour; 22% against – the most emphatic.

The marchers are also vindicated by opinion up and down the social scale, although the 49%-36% balance of opinion in favour of the marchers among the so-called AB occupational grades is somewhat more balanced than the crushing anti-war majorities among working-class voters.

The parliamentary votes on Iraq in 2003 split the Labour party down the middle, with 139 rebels on the final Commons vote, whereas, despite 15 Conservative dissenters, the great bulk of Tory MPs came together to support the invasion.

Ten years on, there is no partisan slant in the public’s opposition to the war. Conservative supporters believe the marchers were right by a 57%-30% margin, statistically indistinguishable to the 57%-29% support for the marchers found among Labour voters. Supporters of the Liberal Democrats, the only big party in 2003 to offer a united anti-war stance, are only marginally more strongly behind the marchers – they are split 59%-24%. The 54%-33% anti-war majority found among Ukip supporters confirms Blair is judged to have been on the wrong side of history, right across the political spectrum.

The public was sceptical about the Iraq war in advance, and the marchers claimed to speak for the country, but what is often forgotten is that by the eve of hostilities, on 20 March 2003, a more belligerent mood was taking hold.

More than 20 polls were carried out between 18 March and September 2003, and every one found a plurality supporting the war. Subsequently, as the debate turned to missing weapons of mass destruction, abused intelligence and Iraq’s developing civil war that opinion swung firmly against Blair.

It is several years since the last proper poll on the Iraq war, but by 2007, when the last surveys were done, opinion had hardened into the same sort of anti-war majority confirmed by the latest ICM survey. In June 2007, for instance, YouGov found a 55%-30% anti-war majority.

Blair had hoped success in Iraq would consolidate support for the broader agenda of “liberal interventionism“, which he put forward in his Chicago speech at the height of the Balkan crisis in 1999. But after Iraq came to be seen as a mistake, things could easily have gone the other way, with voters fearing further military intervention would reap the same sort of chaos.

A decade on, the poll finds Iraq remains a special case, with Britain split on the wider question of armed intervention.

The survey reminded respondents of other controversial engagements, in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali, but found the 48% who believe “military interventions solve little, create enemies and generally do more harm than good” are only three points ahead of the 45% who believe that “through its armed forces, Britain generally acts as a force for good in the world”.

Conservative voters feel slightly more warmly about the troops than others – 53% of them regard interventions as a force for good – but with 47% of Labour and 45% of Lib Dem voters in agreement, the differences are not especially large. Supporters of Ukip are especially anti-intervention, believing by 56%-32% that it does more harm than good, suggesting they are more Little England than imperialist nostalgics. That introverted mood on the political right is only one political consequence of what voters now judge as Blair’s failure in Iraq.

ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1,001 adults aged 18 and over by telephone on 8-10 February 2013. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Ten years ago yesterday, Colin Powell made the Bush administration’s case for going to war against Iraq. Much of what he said about Iraq’s threats to the United States was false. But the media coverage gave the opposite impression, and most of the pundits and journalists who promoted the justifications for the war paid no price for their failures: here.