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Daily Headline – 18/03/13

MI6 and CIA knew Iraq had no active WMD

From The Guardian:

Iraq war flagFresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction.

Tony Blair told parliament before the war that intelligence showed Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was “active”, “growing” and “up and running”.

A special BBC Panorama programme tonight will reveal how British and US intelligence agencies were informed by top sources months before the invasion that Iraq had no active WMD programme, and that the information was not passed to subsequent inquiries.

It describes how Naji Sabri, Saddam’s foreign minister, told the CIA’s station chief in Paris at the time, Bill Murray, through an intermediary that Iraq had “virtually nothing” in terms of WMD.

Sabri said in a statement that the Panorama story was “totally fabricated”.

However, Panorama confirms that three months before the war an MI6 officer met Iraq’s head of intelligence, Tahir Habbush al-Tikriti, who also said that Saddam had no active WMD. The meeting in the Jordanian capital, Amman, took place days before the British government published its now widely discredited Iraqi weapons dossier in September 2002.

Lord Butler, the former cabinet secretary who led an inquiry into the use of intelligence in the runup to the invasion of Iraq, tells the programme that he was not told about Sabri’s comments, and that he should have been.

Butler says of the use of intelligence: “There were ways in which people were misled or misled themselves at all stages.”

When it was suggested to him that the body that probably felt most misled of all was the British public, Butler replied: “Yes, I think they’re, they’re, they got every reason think that.”

The programme shows how the then chief of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, responded to information from Iraqi sources later acknowledged to be unreliable.

One unidentified MI6 officer has told the Chilcot inquiry that at one stage information was “being torn off the teleprinter and rushed across to Number 10”.

Another said it was “wishful thinking… [that] promised the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow”.

The programme says that MI6 stood by claims that Iraq was buying uranium from Niger, though these were dismissed by other intelligence agencies, including the French.

It also shows how claims by Iraqis were treated seriously by elements in MI6 and the CIA even after they were exposed as fabricated including claims, notably about alleged mobile biological warfare containers, made by Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, a German source codenamed Curveball. He admitted to the Guardian in 2011 that all the information he gave to the west was fabricated.

Panorama says it asked for an interview with Blair but he said he was “too busy”.

This will come as no surprise to anyone!

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Daily Headline – 08/03/13

Korean peninsula on verge of war

Korean WarThe situation on the Korean peninsula is amazingly tense, further escalations have taken things to the verge of war.

All of the 15 UN security council members voted unanimously for tighter sanctions on North Korea (DPRK) (known as resolution 2094).

The 15 members of the UN security council consists of 5 permanent members and 10 other members who normally serve 1 year terms before being changed:

5 permanent members:
China
France
Russia
UK
US

10 current other members:
Azerbaijan
Argentina
Australia
Guatemala
Republic of Korea
Morocco
Pakistan
Luxembourg
Rwanda
Togo

In response to resolution 2094 North Korea has scrapped the ceasefire armistice agreement that was signed in 1953 by the UN, North Korea and China.

The North went on to say that it had the right to launch pre-emptive strikes following on from foreign aggression.

The scrapping of the armistice agreement leaves the Korean peninsula in a desperate situation and on the verge of war.

Daily Headline – 08/02/13

CIA droning on

John Brennan drone killingThe CIA has continued its mantra of defending military drones and torture.

Nominee CIA director John Brennan has come under attack for continuing the long line of government supporters for both drone strikes and torture, citing them both as necessary.

He claimed that the US was careful to minimise civilians casualties, he said:
“We only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there’s no other alternative to taking an action that’s going to mitigate that threat.”

His rhetoric will be popular among the governments of warmongering nations but will bring wide-spread condemnation among the civilised people of the world.

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Y’know what really f***s me off?

By Leon J Williams

When people say “support the troops” “they’re defending our country” etc

Firstly, just f*** off!
Secondly, defending? Or do you mean to say “they’re attacking for our country”?
Third, OUR nation? By being born on a certain piece of land I am supposed to condone killing people born on different pieces of land because they have different ideas?
Fourth, you’re mantra is giving unconditional support to these murderers, whether it is the US troops, UK troops or any other troops, they are consistently responsible for deliberately killing civilians, just last week there were charges against British troops in Iraq for abuses.

So no, I won’t follow this bullshit. I am capable of thinking. I will support the troops if the war is justified and I wont when the war isn’t.

Defenders of this mantra; f*** off!

Daily Headline – 25/01/13

Tensions high on the Korean peninsulaKorean War

Following on from North Korea’s successful satellite launch last month the UN has imposed more economic sanctions.

In response to this action North Korea have upped the ante by threatening to conduct more nuclear tests, targeted at the US.

The US and North Korea have major trust issues with each other and both are justified in this. North Korea is a family run dictatorship that has attacked South Korea before and the US is to date the only country that has used nuclear weapons killing almost 250,000 people, men, women and children. The US has also been to war with more countries that anyone else since the end of WW2.

So will the Korean War of 1950-53 (which has technically not ended) resume? Who will strike first? And which countries will get involved?

Of course North Korea and South Korea will fight each other but who else…
The US could see this very real nuclear threat as an opportunity to finish off the previous failed attempt to take over North Korea and remove its leadership while gaining the backing of the UN.
Japan, which is a big supporter of the US and vehemently anti-North Korea could be on hand to lend some support though their role may be limited to logistics.
In support of the North, last time around, China came to the rescue however China has also started to voice concerns about the North. While it’s possible that China could decide to remain neutral should war break out. I would say that it’s more likely that China will send in the troops again seeing that being given a choice between Kim Jong-un or the US on their border they will choose Kim Jong-un.
Last time around Russia lended some support to the North, mostly aerial, I think that this is less likely (but still possible of course). Things politically have changed in Russia since the early 50’s and support for the North seems to be over (at least compared to then).

Winners/losers/outcome

Well much like the last time it all depends on China, if China supports the North with military fire power and troops on the ground a win is possible for the North and Korea will once again be united. If China doesn’t get involved then a South Korean/US victory is certain and the country will also be united again.

Either way, just like the last time war broke out on the Korean peninsula, millions of people would be likely to lose their lives, mostly civilians.

Will US interference ever end?

By Leon J Williams

As you may or may not be aware there is a dispute over some islands in the East China sea the dispute is between China and Japan over the legal ownership. Of course, as per usual, the US has to get involved, this time by angering China the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the islands belong to Japan and that the US would oppose anything to the contrary.

Why does the US insist on getting involved in other countries business, whether that country is on their doorstep (like Cuba) or the other side of the planet (like VietNam or Iraq)?

There are countless examples of US interference, be it militarily, economically, verbally or a combination.

Some of the most notable examples of US interference since the end of WW2 include:

1950-53 – The Korean war – North & South Korea go to war, US sends in the troops to support South Korea to keep the country divided.

1959-75 – The VietNam war – North & South VietNam go to war, US sends in the troops to support South VietNam to keep the country divided.

1961 – Cuba – Failed invasion of Cuba.

1962-75 – Laos – Military support against Communist forces.

1965 – Dominican Republic – US back military dictatorship against popular forces.

1983 – Grenada – US invades.

1988-90 – Panama – US sends in the troops.

1991-96 – Iraq – Iraq and Kuwait go to war, US supports Kuwait.

1992-95 – Somalia – US sends in the troops, famous for the disaster at Mogadishu.

1994-95 – Haiti – Embargo and US troops sent in.

1999 – Serbia – Bombing campaign of Serbia

2001 – Afghanistan – Invasion, ongoing.

2003-2011 – Iraq – Invasion and overthrow of government.

There are almost countless examples of US interference and these are just the more notable ones, the US has been to war more times than any other country on the planet since the end of WW2.

Will it ever end?

You cannot defeat a local opposing force purely by armed struggle

By Leon J Williams

The Turkish government is in talks with imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan after Prime ministerial advisor Yalcin Akdogan effectively admitted that Turkey couldn’t defeat the PKK through purely military means. He said:

“You cannot get results and abolish an organisation only with armed struggle”

The PKK are fighting for the creation of a homeland for Kurdish people which currently span across the current borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

What strikes me about what the advisor has said is that it has taken the Turkish government over 25 years to realise this yet the US still doesn’t as it continues its warmongering, failure after failure.
If the US could realise this and like the Turkish government turn to dialogue with their enemies then the world would instantly become a little safer as well as bolstering America’s international image and credibility.

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