Date: 9/13/05 at 10:46AM
Mood: Listening Playing: Get up, Stand up, by Bob Marley
JAGGER SLAMS BLAIR OVER IRAQ
ROLLING STONES rocker SIR MICK JAGGER has continued the political theme of his band’s current tour – by attacking British Prime Minister TONY BLAIR‘s handling of the US-lead war in Iraq.
The singer confesses backing the initial decision to remove SADDAM HUSSEIN from power – but was “shocked” when it was revealed a dossier detailing Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction was exaggerated by the British Government.
He says, “At the time of the Iraq invasion, “I was ambivalent; getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a gift for humanity and I thought that there was a coherent plan to put Iraq back on its feet.
(But it) shocked me to know that Blair already knew that the weapons of mass destruction were simply an excuse and that there was nothing planned for the day after (the invasion).”
Jagger also fears much for the future of Iraq – still the site of much conflict two years after Hussein’s regime was toppled.
He adds, “If we do not take intelligent steps, a part of Iraq will end up becoming an Islamic republic, a puppet of Tehran.”
Last month Jagger hinted one of the band’s new songs, SWEET NEO CON, is a critique of US President GEORGE W BUSH’s regime.
As for “removing Saddam Hussein”: why not in the same way as happened with Pinochet; the Greek colonels‘ dictatorship; the Portuguese NATO fascists; Marcos in the Philippines; Mobutu in Congo; Suharto in Indonesia; apartheid in South Africa; Washington’s bloody stooges in Bolivia recently and Venezuela of the 1980s and early 1990s: by the people?
Oh, duh, because people like Cheney and Rumsfeld supported these dictators for ages.
Like they supported Saddam Hussein, already a CIA asset in the 1960s …
On 24 September  worldwide anti war demonstrations.
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