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Sixteen years ago, the US and Britain committed a crime of historic proportion, the invasion and destruction of Iraq. It was as egregious an aggression as Nazi Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland.

Large numbers of Iraqi civilians died from 2003-2007. Iraq’s water and sewage systems were bombed, causing widespread cholera. The UN estimated 500,000 Iraqi children alone died as a result. Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State, said it was ‘a price worth paying.’

But not so much for the 4,424 US soldiers killed in Iraq, or the 31,952 wounded, many with devastating brain and neurological injuries. Nor for US taxpayers who forked out over $1 trillion for this botched war and are still paying the bill – which was hidden in the national debt.

In 2003, Iraq was the most advanced Arab nation in social welfare health, education, military power, and industrial development. But it was run by a megalomaniac, Saddam Hussein, who had been helped into power and sustained in his long war against Iran, by the United States, Britain and their Arab satraps.

When Saddam grew too big for his britches, Washington lured him into invading Kuwait, another American-British oil satrapy. A hue and cry went out from Washington and London that Iraq had secret nuclear weapons that threatened the entire globe. War, thundered US-British propaganda, was urgent and necessary.

As I knew from covering Iraq for many years, it had no nuclear weapons and no medium or long-ranged delivery systems. What it did have was a chemical/biological laboratory at Salman Pak that was staffed with British technicians producing lethal toxins for use against Iran. I discovered this secret operation and reported it. Meanwhile, the dim-witted Iraqis were threatening to hang me as an Israeli spy.

I watched with disgust and dismay as the US and Britain launched massive broadsides of lies against Iraq and those few, like myself, who insisted Baghdad had no nuclear weapons.

Almost the entire US and British media were compelled to act as mouthpieces for the George Bush/Tony Blair war against Iraq, trumpeting egregious lies designed to whip up war fever. Our media, supposedly the tribune of democracy, became lie factories, putting even the old Soviet media to shame.

The New York Times led the charge, along with the three main TV networks. I was in Iraq with its star correspondent, Judith Miller, who became a key agent of the pro-war campaign. So too the Murdoch press in Britain and Fox News. When the BBC tried to question the torrent of lies about Iraq, it was crushed by Tony Blair. A leading British nuclear expert who questioned the nuclear lies was murdered. Iraq was polluted by US depleted uranium shells.

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Journalists like me were intimidated or marginalized. I was dropped by a leading US newspaper, a major Canadian TV chain, and by CNN for whom I had been a regular commentator. I was told the Bush White House had given orders, ‘get rid of Margolis.’ My sin: insisting Iraq had no nuclear weapons and was not threatening the US. Things became so absurd that the story went out that Saddam had ‘drones of death’ that were poised to attack America.

Of the US media, only the McClatchy chain and Christian Science Monitor reported the war honestly. Nearly all the rest of America’s TV talking heads brayed for war. Most are still there today, demanding war against Iran.

Who was behind the war? A combination of big oil, which wanted Iraq’s vast reserves, and the Israel lobby which wanted to see Iraq destroyed by US power. The Pentagon was taken over by pro-war neoconservatives: Wolfowitz, Feith, Rumsfeld. George Bush, an ignorant fool, was putty in the hands of VP Dick Cheney, a pro-war megalomaniac. The CIA played along. Even the respected former general, Colin Powell, made a fool of himself before the UN and the world by claiming Iraq had hidden weapons. It had chemical weapons, all right, but we had the receipts to show they came from the US and Britain.

No one in the US or Britain ever faced trial for war-mongering and killing vast numbers of people. The lying media escaped well-deserved censure. As for the lying politicians who brought on this disaster, they blamed poor intelligence and bad luck. Those few who opposed the war of aggression remain sidelined or silenced.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Alistair says:

    If we don’t safeguard our democracy we will lose it; the American political institutions are too weak and grossly inadequate to leading the US military power – prone to unwarranted infiltration, manipulation, and corruption by the Special Interest Groups with close ties to foreign entities.

    The Iraq war was certainly orchestrated to satisfy these special interest groups: the International Oil Industry, the International Zionists for the benefits of Israel, and the Military Industrial Complex – the US is the most powerful country ever existed in the history of mankind, and yet, its political institutions in charge of check and balances are grossly inadequate, corrupt and inept to leading such great military power; that’s makes it prone to infiltration, manipulation, and corruption by the major special interest groups at the expense of the American lives and treasury, as such, the Iraq war is the result of the total failure of the American Political Institutions.

    Time and again, history has shown such great powers often implode from within; the Zionists control of America and Trump plutocratic presidency is just the beginning of decline of the American democracy; let’s hope we come to our senses before is too late.

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  2. Taras77 says:
    @Alistair

    Excellent article, excellent comment!

    The Empire is currently IMHO on shaky ground, primarily because of the fraud, lies, over the past several decades. No one believes the lies currently but the lies continue. No one believes now the lies that were issued to support the war in 2003.

    But the tragedy is that the liars are still walking around or are in the current govt: liars in trump admin, in congress, in the press. What are the consequences? None. America has the institutional memory of a gnat and the beat goes on. Accountability is a fantasy.

    We are currently engaged in the aftermath of the Mueller report being issued; the MSNBC, CNN, NYT, WAPO, et al will no doubt try to either ignore its malfeasance and corruption or paper it over-they will succeed with no consequence. The democratic politicians should be shamed and ejected from office immediately but it probably will not happen-money talks, bs survives.

    The empire is under the total control of the zionists with its huge money, control of the press, control of the govt, thus no consequence, on to the next international crime and looting of Venezuela, maybe Iran.

  3. Cayman says:

    Avoid the lies by choosing the right media sources:

    https://swprs.org/media-navigator/

    The choise has expanded greatly since 2003!

  4. Article says: “Large numbers of Iraqi civilians died from 2003-2007. Iraq’s water and sewage systems were bombed, causing widespread cholera. The UN estimated 500,000 Iraqi children alone died as a result. Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State, said it was ‘a price worth paying.’

    I certainly agree with most of the points in the article, but it seems to be a confusing mix of facts from the 1991 war, the 1990s embargo, and the 2003 war. The 500,000 dead children figure is from the 1990s orders of President Clinton to bomb water treatment plants. In short, the US has been engaged in episodic genocide of the Iraqi people pretty much since 1991, even earlier if one includes US actions in prolonging the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s. I feel the article would be improved if the information were more clearly given some time-line structure.

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    , @Giuseppe
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  5. Talha says:
    @Jason Calley

    This is correct, the numbers for the children are due to the years of sanctions after the first gulf war. I’m surprised Mr. Margolis made that mistake.

    Peace.

  6. “Nazi Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland” if only folks knew why Germany attacked Poland.
    Under Versailles agreement WWI, Poland was given a large of German lands. Kicker–Poland was killing it’s Jewish inhabitants. Germany came to rescue them.
    Sad, never got a thank you.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  7. Biff says:

    The lying media escaped well-deserved censure.

    This shouldn’t be in past tense. Nothing has changed – and that’s the scary part!

    • Agree: Talha
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  8. I appreciate this reminder about the Iraq war, which, because its instigators were never held accountable, has led to the dire situation we are in now. Paraphrasing Talleyrand, I believe, it was not only criminal but stupid.

  9. Anonymous[246] • Disclaimer says:

    There is a tacit sense of victimhood in the title alone

    Iraq: How We Were Lied Into War

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    The “We” reeks of the victims’ innocence, naiveté and their inability to distinguish fact from fiction. All along and up to the build up to the war, overwhelming evidence pointed to the exact opposite of the official narrative. Yet “We” swallowed the lies, hook, line and sinker. The American “We” stood in opposition to the rest of humanity, who knew better, in spite of their “inferior” news sources. The question remains as to how Americans could be rendered so utterly gullible. To this day many still believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11 while the Saudis continue to get a free pass as they provide lucrative arms deals to the Trump regime.

    Another offshoot of the WMD lie was the invented medical condition PTSD, that happens to be unique to the aggressors, not the millions of Iraqi victims of criminal aggression from the “coalition of the willing”. Not a single case of this fictitious condition has been reported for the real victims of that war, whose devastating effects and the dismantling of Iraqi society continue to this day.

    Venezuela (and her massive oil and gas reserves) awaits as the gangsters and war criminals line up for the next “humanitarian” war in the service of “democracy, equality and human rights”. And the MSM is no less complicit in this one. The bullshit continues unabated as “We” impotently look on.

  10. The scalpel says: • Website

    Sixteen years ago, the US and Britain committed a crime of historic proportion, the invasion and destruction of Iraq. It was as egregious an aggression as Nazi Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland

    Agree

  11. Who was behind the war? A combination of big oil, which wanted Iraq’s vast reserves, and the Israel lobby which wanted to see Iraq destroyed by US power.

    If Israel really wanted that, seems to me they were very shortsighted. Wouldn’t they be better off if Iraq were strong enough to keep fighting Iran?

  12. “When Saddam grew too big for his britches, Washington lured him into invading Kuwait, another American-British oil satrapy. A hue and cry went out from Washington and London that Iraq had secret nuclear weapons that threatened the entire globe. War, thundered US-British propaganda, was urgent and necessary.”

    Ohh brother,

    No. Pres. Hussein was not lured anywhere. His issues and those of Iraq with Kuwait were specific, regional and wrapped in their mutual history.

    The case against Iraq was clearly not made based on its prima facie presentation. One did not need any real “special knowledge”. The case simply was loaded with missing data, speculation, contradictory data.

    What drove war in the middle east anger about 9/11 and those of who challenged the matter — well, let’s just say, the country was not interested, and many paid a very steep price.

  13. Giuseppe says:
    @Jason Calley

    Agreed. While Albright’s reprehensible comments pertain to the history of our dealings with Iraq, the confusion of the two Iraq wars mars the piece.

  14. @Jason Calley

    I agree. The jumbled timeline is a bit disappointing.

  15. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @Biff

    Just like they will for aiding and abetting the Derp State in trying to tie Trump to collusion w/ Russia.

  16. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @george Archers

    I am glad someone else pulled the string on that comparison by the author. The Angl0-French-Poland alliance triggered WW2 more than anything else by allowing the Poles to continue pushing German buttons until they had no choice but to respond.

    Here’s Hitler’s speech declaring war on the Poles. The Germans kept trying to negotiate w/ the Poles, but the Poles would never sit down for those negotiations, knowing they had a guarantee from Britain and France they would be supported when Hitler finally tired of their jackassery and attacked them.

    https://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/document/HITLER1.htm

  17. anon1 says:

    Jews played a huge role in causing this war. Most neoconservatives were Jews. Jewish control and influence of the media was also important.

    The only exception i take is the 1939 Poland comparison. Unlike the US, which was 5,000 miles away, neighboring Germany had legitimate grievances with Poland. There were at least two million ethnic Germans living in Poland, much of its terriroty had been German land just twenty years earlier and its territory cut Germany in two. The real tragedy here was the insane British pledge to Poland.

  18. I am sorry Eric, that not only your stories were spiked, but your employment as well. I remember when your byline appeared in the Toronto Sun. Truth telling is not appreciated when mass propaganda has been mobilized. Why are the liars still employed? Because those who will lie again will always be useful.

  19. Iraq: How We Were Lied Into War

    I missed the first word, and mistakenly thought this might have been about 1941, 1917, or 1898.

    As I knew from covering Iraq for many years, it had no nuclear weapons and no medium or long-ranged delivery systems.

    That was true of Germany in 1943 as well. So why does FDR get off scot-free, while GWB, who was following his example, is held to account?

    George Bush, an ignorant fool…

    Where was everyone else when he claimed Islam is “a peaceful religion”, about as patently false as anything any president has ever said? The only thing that tops this is Truman’s 1947 claim that we are a Christian nation, when he himself had shown we weren’t.

    VP Dick Cheney, a pro-war megalomaniac.

    In the mold of Wilson and both Roosevelts.

    Those few who opposed the war of aggression remain sidelined or silenced.

    • Agree: anon1
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