Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

On bombing ISIS

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

War is politics by other, violent means. Proving the axiom right now is the arc of slaughter carving a great bloody crescent out of the Middle East. Start from the Mediterranean coast and move gradually in. The racist hysteria in Israel has found an outlet in the carefree pounding of the Gaza Strip. Civilians? Children? Collateral, Guv. […]

Unravelling a century of imperialism in Iraq

by Jeremy Corbyn.

William Hague has announced there will be no new British military involvement in Iraqand the PM himself gave a guarded answer when asked why he voted for the war in 2003 — something along the lines of, if I knew then what I know now things might be different. The massive media interest in the situation […]

The Iraq Debacle

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s been a week of political mistakes, but the horrendous crisis now unfolding in Iraq is less faux pas and more unmitigated catastrophe. The only thing that surprises about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militia pouring from fractured Syria into the north of the country is that it has take so long. Having […]

The ignominy of Blair and Bush is now complete

by Michael Meacher.

After US blood and treasure expended in Iraq – 9 years of war, hundreds of billions of dollars, and 4,500 American dead – what is to stop ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) from overrunning the whole of Iraq? Iraq has 250,000 frontline troops, 270 aircraft including drones, 130 helicopters, and 400 […]

Chilcot: what we need is determination to hold criminals to account for their crimes

by Michael Meacher.

What we already know is damning enough. The UK went to war over Iraq because Bush wanted British support, and at the Crawford summit in April 2002, 11 months before the war started, Blair in effect committed to providing that, though the exact terms of that surrender to Bush still remain secret. The rationale for […]

What exactly is Blair so terrified about us finding out on Iraq?

by Michael Meacher.

The news that Chilcot has surrendered to the civil service establishment in not publishing the full evidence about the Iraq War is as depressing as it was predictable. He was told by Gus O’Donnell, the head of the civil service in 2011, that there was no way he could publish all the evidence that he […]

Britain and Iraq: Business or Justice?

by Mike Phipps.

Eleven years after it participated in an illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, the UK is taking a different approach. Global Research recently reported: In December 2007, Major General Graham Binns, Commander of British Forces in Basra, handed illegally occupied Basra Province back to the Iraqis. However, Major General Binns, who commanded the 7th Armoured […]

Ten years on, the US are helping to destroy Fallujah again

by Mike Phipps.

Conflict and carnage on a scale unseen since the height of the Occupation nearly a decade ago have broken out in Iraq’s Anbar Province. Over 140,000 people have been made homeless since fighting started at the end of last year. According to the UN, 65,000 people fled the fighting in the towns of Fallujah and […]

Why is Blair given a veto over disclosure of his dealings with Bush before Iraq war?

by Michael Meacher.

It is now more than 2 years that the Chilcot inquiry into the origins and management of the Iraq war have been stalled in Whitehall, and it has now emerged that this is because the Chilcot panel has been told they cannot disclose 25 notes which Blair wrote to Bush, plus more than 130 records […]

Iraq ten years on: lessons still not learnt

by Michael Meacher.

The facts, no longer seriously in dispute, are stark. The US went to war over Iraq because of oil and to assure themselves of a platform for control of the Middle East region, as set out in the Project for the New American Century document published for the Bush election team in September 2000. As we […]

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