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Britain initially was against the 'unlawful’ Iraq invasion

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 03:58:20 PM, & Agencies

War in Iraq has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people so far

London: That the invasion of Iraq by George Bush led US military was illegal and deliberately designed on the pretext of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Saddam's links with al-Qaida came to the fore once again. This time it is after the disclosures made by Sir William Patey then head of the Middle East department at the British Foreign Office.


William Patey refusing to accept the claim that Saddam Hussein had any link with the al-Qaida, also said an atmosphere was deliberately created to topple the Saddam' regime.


“We were aware of these drumbeats from Washington and internally we discussed it. Our policy was to stay away from that part of the spectrum. We dismissed it at the time because it had no basis in law,” The Guardian quoted Sir William Patey, as telling the panel chaired by Sir John Chilcot.


Britain was aware of the Bush administration’s intentions of toppling Saddam Hussein years before the invasion, but it distanced itself from the prospect, knowing it would be unlawful, the Iraq war inquiry panel has been told.


Sir Peter Ricketts, a former chairman of the joint intelligence committee (JIC), told the inquiry that in late 2001 - following the 9/11 attacks on the US - he asked officials at the ministry to draw up an Iraq “options” paper.


“We quite clearly distanced ourselves in Whitehall from talk about regime change,” said Ricketts. Up to March 2002 “there was no increased appetite among UK ministers for military action in Iraq,” he added.


British intelligence also dismissed claims by elements in the US administration that the Iraqi leader was linked to Osama bin Laden.

“We didn’t have any such evidence,” Ricketts said.


According to leaked documents, Ricketts described the US in 2002 as “scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and al-Qaida….It sounds like a grudge match between Bush and Saddam.”


With this disclosures the notion that George Bush regime was actually responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq in the name of fighting the war against terrorism is again taking the momentum.


The anger against the illegitimate US invasion was so high that an Iraqi scribe had thrown shoes over George Bush when he visited Iraq just months before the completion of term as US president.








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