cj#883> W Blum on “set-up of Iraq”


Richard Moore

Dear cj,

Did you ever wonder how the people of Germany could have tolerated the Nazi
death camps?  Hitler strictly controlled the press.  What's our excuse?


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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 15:31:20 EST
Subject: the set-up of Iraq


"A U.S. official who follows Iraq", speaking of the November cancellation
of an air strike: "We were so close to pulling the trigger and
circumstances were so optimum to do so that there's something surreal about
best possible case and didn't use it." (emphasis added) -- Washington Post,
Dec. 7

"[UNSCOM Executive Chairman Richard] Butler's conclusions were welcome in
Washington, which helped orchestrate the terms of the Australian diplomat's
report.  Sources in New York and Washington said Clinton administration
officials played a direct role in shaping Butler's text during multiple
conversations with him Monday." -- Washington Post, Dec. 16

Former UNSCOM inspector, Scott Ritter:  "What Richard Butler did last week
with the inspections was a set-up.  This was designed to generate a
conflict that would justify a bombing."  Ritter said U.S. government
sources told him three weeks ago when the inspections resumed that "the two
considerations on the horizon were Ramadan and impeachment."

 Ritter continued: "If you dig around, you'll find out why Richard Butler
yesterday ran to the phone four times.  He was talking to his [U.S.]
National Security adviser.  They were telling him to sharpen the language
in his report to justify the bombing." -- New York Post, Dec. 17

"The U.S. has perverted the U.N. weapons process by using it as a tool to
justify military actions, falsely so. ... The U.S. was using the inspection
process as a trigger for war." -- Scott Ritter, on the NBC Today show, Dec.

Arguing that Butler deliberately wrote a justification for war, a U.N.
diplomat, "who is generally sympathetic to Washington", said, "Based on the
same facts he could have said, `There were something like 300 inspections
[in recent weeks] and we encountered difficulties in five.'" -- Washington
Post, Dec.17

"Among the circumstances cited by those who suspect Butler of coordinating
with Washington on a rationale for war, three stand out:

One is that Butler made four visits to the U.S. mission to the United
Nations on Monday, the day before finishing his report.

A second is that administration officials acknowledge they had advance
knowledge of the language he would use and sought to influence it, as one
official said, `at the margins.'

The third is that Butler ordered his inspectors to evacuate Baghdad, in
anticipation of a military attack, on Tuesday night -- at a time when most
members of the Security Council had yet to receive his report."

Other U.N. diplomats "also asserted that Butler gave far more equivocal
progress reports to them, in the days leading up to his written report,
than his final conclusion that he is `not able to conduct the substantive
disarmament work' because of the `absence of full cooperation by Iraq'."

"What we were told by Butler for weeks was yes, we've hit some roadblocks
but the inspections are going on," said one New York-based diplomat."
 -- Washington Post, Dec. 18


The U.S.-operated Radio Free Iraq, broadcasting from Prague, begins its
daily broadcasts into Iraq with: "Dear listeners, we hope that you are
having a nice day, and that you enjoy our programs today."  It concludes:
"Thank you for following us and peace and blessings be upon you." --
Washington Post, Dec. 18


Compiled by William Blum
Author: Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since
World War II

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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 23:53:51 EST
Subject: Iraq postscript

 A Dec.16 demonstration in front of the White House against the bombing of
Iraq was building up to almost 200 people when the police suddenly stepped in
and put up their famous yellow tape all around us, enclosing us.  Then
announced that we'd have to move the demo to some other place.  When I asked
why, I was told that we were blocking the sidewalk to tourists.  This was in
darkness and cold, there wasn't a tourist in sight, and even if there were it
would have been very easy for them to walk around us.  Thus the police
successfully put an end to a legal, peaceful demonstration.  And I don't think
they even noticed the sign saying: "No blood for blowjobs."

Bill Blum

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