Wednesday, February 23, 2011
More Iraq War lies via "Curveball"
Since much of my 50s was consumed dealing with a war based on lies, II'm happy that the Iraqi code-named "curve ball" finally has told the truth: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995. "Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
At least I had some fun and learned some lessons during yet another round of years of peace activism. I feel sorry for those who lost their lives, loved ones, homes, communities, health, sanity, etc. because of George Bush (avenging alleged plots versus his father) and his neoconservative friends' (protecting military industrial complex profits and Israeli land grabs) drive to kill Saddam and conquer Iraq. The same bunch of bastards are hoping to elect a president in 2012 in case they can't finally strong arm Obama into bombing Iran into submission - or the stone age. Someday soon the United States may have a Tunisian-Egyptian-style revolution against those bastards, be they Democrats or Republicans in office. Not a "revolution" of a bunch of government bureaucrats rioting for their bennies, a real people's revolution against our own slavery - secession from and dissolution of our special interest controlled union.
A related issue, since both articles have been sitting in tabs on my browser for a couple days - unequal distribution of wealth. Warmongers who got rich off the Iraq war are just one of the more offensive of thousands of politically connected special interest groups that used their connections to get fat government contracts - or to suppress competition and increase their own profits. Just like in the days of Kings and Lords and peasants we like to think we've escaped. In a free and competitive market unhampered by cronyism and mercantilism, far fewer corporations and individuals would become so absurdly rich, and their competitors would take it away more quickly from those which failed to compete. See this BBC article Wealth gap widens between super rich and rest. But don't buy any lines that it's some how good for all of us!