President George Bush and his cronies were “high on military” in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said yesterday.
Britain was carried along as “a prisoner on that train”, Dr Blix told the Chilcot Inquiry.
“The US in 2002, that time you refer to, threw it (the UN process) overboard. I think they were high on military at the time. They said, ‘We can do it’.”
I wonder just how many Americans still believe that canard that ‘Saddam threw out the inspectors? Further, there must be many who still think that those vacuous WMD’s are still hidden under the sand in the desert of Iraq.
It is painful for me to recall those ugly times in America when we were, as a nation, ‘roaring Patriotism at the top of our voice.’ It was the most effective propaganda campaign ever foisted on our people. Vengeance was all that we could see as American flags blew in the breeze from porches and even on our cars. Occasionally I still see one of those car flags flapping- an old geezer at the wheel.
One by one, the flags disappeared along with the yellow ribbons tied to trees as Americans regained their perspective and came to realize how they had been bamboozled.
Now, many have begun to wonder about that other war- the one that the Bush administration left behind. Money thrown down the drain, American blood staining the mountains of Afghanistan. Many ask, is this also now a phony war like Iraq, with no objective, no end?
As long as it isn’t their son, their granddaughter doing the fighting, bleeding and dying then war is fine. ‘God bless America’ rolls so sweetly from their throats- as if God really takes sides in warfare. The ‘roaring Patriotism’ quote by Emerson begun above ends, “I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.”