‘ISIS result of Bush’s, Blair’s Iraq war’, United Nations’ Kofi Annan says

This 15 January 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Tony Blair Not In Jail? I Literally Don’t Understand: Russell Brand The Trews (E235).

From RT.com:

US invasion of Iraq helped create ISIS – former UN chief

Published time: February 08, 2015 16:10

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, said the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped to create the Islamist State militant group. He also blamed regional powers for making the conflict worse.

“I was against this invasion and my fears have been founded. The break-up of the Iraqi forces poured hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled soldiers and police officers onto the streets,” Kofi Annan told the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. He added that some of these former security force members went on to join the Islamic State.

“The aim of creating democracy without the existing institutions ushered in corrupt sectarian governments,” Annan said. He added that the country has been unstable ever since and this has proved the perfect breeding ground for Sunni radical Muslims, who have become affiliated with the Islamic State.

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stunned the world last summer by capturing large swaths of Iraq and Syria, including the city of Mosul in mid-June. The group has created what it calls an Islamic caliphate that straddles the Iraq-Syria border.

The Islamic State has advocated the rape and selling into slavery of women they capture. IS rules state that it’s permissible to rape a slave “immediately after taking possession of her” and that it’s okay “to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse.”

“The Islamic State is destroying the diversity and pluralism in the Middle East,” Annan concluded.

In order to halt the spread of extremism, Annan said that governments must do more to tackle problems such as unemployment, rather than just arresting critics of the regimes.

In northern Iraq, the communists have set up their own armed units alongside Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi regular forces to defend communities against “fascist” Isis. The Co-ordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain (CCCPB) seminar also heard how Nato member Turkey and Western allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar had facilitated the rise of Isis: here.

‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans,’ says U.S. soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her: here.

British Iraq war cover-up continues

This video says about itself:

Iraq – 1 Million Dead

The price paid by the people of Iraq following the illegal invasion by US and “coalition” forces in 2003.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Craven elites give nothing

Thursday 5th February 2015

Sir John Chilcot is concerned not to “arouse false hopes” that his inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the invasion of Iraq will be published any time soon. His testimony before the Commons foreign affairs committee didn’t arouse any hopes that it will ever be published at all.

The Iraq war inquiry was established in 2009 and heard its last public witness exactly four years ago. Since then, Chilcot told MPs, two major factors have inhibited publication in addition to the routine difficulties that any substantial exercise of this kind might encounter.

First, the previous Cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell asserted his prerogative not to allow publication of — or even specific references to — classified documents such as correspondence and transcripts of meetings between former prime minister Tony Blair and ex-US president George W Bush.

There can be little doubt by now that they will confirm Blair’s determination to follow Bush into battle, whatever lies and forgeries might be required to turn around anti-war public opinion in Britain.

After prolonged argument and negotiation, O’Donnell’s successor Sir Jeremy Heywood conceded the inclusion of approved extracts, summaries and references in Chilcot’s draft report, which was eventually completed around summer last year.

But why should Cabinet secretaries be empowered to wield this veto in the first place? The people in whose name wars are waged have an overriding right to know why their rulers launched an invasion that has devastated millions of lives. If US inquiries into the activities of Richard Nixon, Oliver North and the CIA can publish every official document and tape recording without fear or favour, why not here?

Then arose Chilcot’s second obstacle course. From September 2014, in a process known as “Maxwellisation,” everyone criticised in his report was sent a copy of the relevant text and invited to respond.

Purportedly in the interests of “fair play,” this has been standard procedure in official inquiries since the Blair government’s 2005 Inquiries Act. Three decades previously, a judge had accused a government report of committing the “business murder” of Sir Robert Maxwell by describing the late press baron as “unfit to hold the stewardship of a public company.”

Far from being unfair, of course, we now know that that verdict was a gross understatement. Maxwell was a crook, liar and thief of epic proportions, as 12,000 Mirror Group pensioners found to their cost.

After his death in 1991, it took another government inquiry eight years to produce a report on Maxwell’s business dealings. Most of the named City bankers, advisers and board executives who enabled or allowed colossal fraud to take place were never subsequently prosecuted or demoted in any way.

It was not felt necessary to give those craven or corrupt courtiers back then a preview of that report. Why should those named in Sir John’s report enjoy that privilege today?

If our trusty knight and his doughty team have done their homework as thoroughly as time has undoubtedly allowed, and having made full use of their facility to recall witnesses for re-examination, they should have enough confidence in their findings to publish them without further delay.

We can then see whether this third inquiry into aspects of the Iraq war similarly prevaricates and obfuscates in order to absolve fellow Establishment figures of full and direct responsibility for serious criminal behaviour.

Chilcot’s remarks yesterday confirm that we should expect nothing other from our duplicitous and corrupt ruling class. That’s how Britain’s system of inquiries and commissions usually works.

USA: BRIAN WILLIAMS RECANTS IRAQ WAR STORY “‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams said Wednesday that he had not been aboard a helicopter that was struck and forced down in Iraq in 2003, as he has previously claimed. Williams recanted his original story to Stars and Stripes, telling the military paper that he doesn’t know ‘what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.'” [HuffPost]

Iraq war inquiry sabotaged by Tony Blair’s ex-secretary

This satiric video says about itself:

Tony Blair ‘I say lies': Cassetteboy’s video mashup

Cassetteboy reveals hidden message behind Tony Blair‘s Bloomberg speech about ‘extremism’, 22/04/14.

By Richard Bagley in Britain:

Meddling mandarins ‘put brake on Chilcot

Friday 30th January 2015

Davis blames senior civil servants watching their backs for delays

MEDDLING senior civil servants with ties to the Iraq war are behind “disgraceful” delays to the Chilcot report on the 2003 drive to invade, MPs heard yesterday.

Tory David Davis declared that “clues” surrounding the six-year wait pointed to a conflict between the inquiry and figures including Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.

The framework of the £9 million probe is “wrapped up in a series of protocols which have criteria so broad that the veto on publication can virtually be applied at Whitehall’s discretion,” he warned.

Sir Jeremy was ex-PM Tony Blair’s principal private secretary for the entire period, Mr Davis added, but as head of the Civil Service he was now the “gatekeeper as to what can and can’t be published.”

Delays had also occurred because individuals had been allowed “lengthy legal consultation” over their part in its findings, he said.

“It cannot be right that those who are due to be criticised in the report can delay publication for their own benefit.”

The low turnout to debate a back-bench motion seeking an explanation for the six-year delay was branded an “indictment on our Parliament” by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.

Missing MPs were absent from “what ought to be an incredibly serious discussion and a process of very serious self-criticism of the failure of Parliament in 2013 and since then to hold to account those who took crucial decisions on our behalf,” he said.

Also highlighting the “acres of green space” in the chamber, Bradford MP George Galloway said of the delays: “I blame us — this is a poor excuse for a Parliament, if only members of it could more clearly see so.

“It is a poor excuse for a Parliament that sets up an inquiry, funds an inquiry and then says three parliaments on: ‘We might, who knows when, get the fruits of that inquiry’.”

Newport West MP Paul Flynn said Iraq was not a matter of history “for the loved ones of the 179 of our brave soldiers who fell. They still suffer a living wound that will never heal.

“I want to see the end of this. I want to see us get to the nub of the terrible mistake we made.”

ISIS terror, product of Bush’s Iraq war

This 17 June 2014 video from the USA about ISIS is called Bush’s toxic legacy in IRAQ to continue.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Human Rights Watch hits out at all sides of Iraqi and Syrian wars

Thursday 29th January 2015

Human Rights Watch lambasted Islamic State (Isis) militants for their atrocities yesterday and linked the group’s foundation and fanaticism directly to the US-driven war in Iraq.

The criticism came in the HRW annual report, which reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries.

The Islamic State group spreading terror in the Middle East was a product of the US-led war and military occupation of Iraq, the report said, coupled with the abuse of detainees in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and other US-run detention centres.

HRW also criticised the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what it described as “sectarian and abusive” policies that fuel extremism.

The funding of extremist groups by Gulf states and their citizens also played a role in fuelling militancy across the volatile region, the group warned.

“Rarely has an armed force engendered such widespread revulsion and opposition,” the report said. “Yet Isis did not emerge in a vacuum,” it added.

It also accused the Iraqi government of relying primarily on Shi’ite militias in the fight against Isis. They are, HRW alleged, killing and cleansing Iraqi areas of Sunni civilians with impunity.

HRW also accused the international community of indifference to violations by both governments.

“If the conditions that led to Isis are left to fester, the group could deepen its hold on the two countries and expand into Lebanon, Jordan, Libya and beyond.”