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Libya Can't Distract From The Iraq War of Choice!!

By jimstaro - Posted on 02 April 2011

Adrian Hamilton: Don't let Libya distract us from what {bush} Blair did

2 April 2011 - A terrible thought has struck me. Could the excitement over the war in Libya serve to make Tony Blair look less awful and deprive the Chilcot inquiry of what little sting it may have when it finally publishes later this year?

Of course the Government, and the many MPs who supported military intervention, argue that this time is different, that they have learnt the lessons of Iraq, sought proper UN sanction and eschewed action on the ground.

But that's not the point. We're back to all the high moral stances and jingoism of "humanitarian intervention". My fear is that, after all this, the appetite for finally pinioning Tony Blair as the man who wrongly took us to war in Iraq and sold all principle and dignity in grovelling to Colonel Gaddafi will be dissipated.

Not that the Chilcot inquiry has that intention. Just the opposite. It is a classic establishment exercise in playing a potentially explosive ball into the long grass of prolonged hearings, conformist members and restricted terms of reference.

While carefully avoiding the blame game, however, the inquiry might still be expected to make some pretty scathing conclusions about the manner in which the Iraq invasion was sold to the public, the quality of advice given and the manner in which the occupation was planned. {continued}

certainly not necessity, but it's constantly treated as if it is not a war of choice.

All wars of the US are of choice, absolutely never necessary and absolutely never about any real defense. Overthrowing the democratically elected governments in Haiti and other countries are all acts of choice by the elites of Washington and their masters. All of these are acts of choice as well as acts of war.

Peculiarly, most of this is constantly overlooked, while Iraq gets favored or special attention. Iraq is certainly deserving of our dutiful attention, but also are the others we constantly choose (by choice) to overlook.

The Chilcot Inquiry is extremely negligent and it's not going to have the power to do anything really punishing to Blair anyway. We need a Nuremberg trial process for criminals like him, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, guilty military commanders, and other criminals in this league.

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