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A lot of people might say that all the links here are to anti-Iraq war sites. Email me with the best pro-Iraq war site and I will put it up.



Oil


This document looks like the best explanation of the whole thing.
Global Policy Forum - Iraq: the Struggle for Oil

Here Vincent Ferraro, "Another Motive For Iraq War: Stabilizing Oil Market," Hartford Courant, 12 August 2003

Observer 2002 - Carve-up of oil riches begins

China’s Energy Dependence on the Middle East: Boon or Bane for Asian Security?
Big Shift in China's Oil Policy
mideastweb - Timeline
mydropintheocean





General

The Independent on Sunday - Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity



The Washington Post - A Case for Accountability "we deserve competent leaders who do not lead by intimidation, who understand that respect is a two-way street,..."



For some interesting news from the ground read IraqSlogger

And for veiws of some of the soldiers
Iraq Veterans Against the War


2003 Weapons of Mass Destruction

Anup Shah, Iraq War Media Reporting, Journalism and Propaganda, Global Issues, Updated: August 01, 2007

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UK Iraq War Dossier

The Joint Intelligence Committee whose job it is in the UK to examine intelligence from the agencies was responsible for producing the dossier titled “Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, The assessment of the British Government.” Which a week before publication left Jonathan Powel, Blair's chief of staff unconvinced that it justified war, “The document does nothing to demonstrate a threat, let alone an imminent threat from Saddam.” he emailed. Campbell complained it was too weak.

Next day a meeting was chaired by Brian Jones of Defence Intelligence attended by weapons expert and former inspector David Kelly. Serious doubts were expressed regarding the dossier. So at the last minute the opinion of one senior officer in the Iraqi army that that Iraq could use WMDs within 45 minutes of an attack, was added and highlighted in Tony Blair's introduction to the document. This dossier was the subject of the Hutton Enquiry and a report by Lord Butler which said that the Prime Ministers description of the dossier as “extensive, detailed and authoritative” was wrong and it stated “We conclude that it was a serious weakness that the JIC's warnings on the intelligence underlying its judgements were not made sufficiently clear in the dossier.”

In January 2003 Alastair Campball suggested a second document to provide more detail of Saddam's dangerous weaponry. Of three sections the first and third were from MI6 but the second was from Campball's own team. They took three articles from the internet including an old Phd thesis by an Iraqi exile in California which they then worked on changing the word “monitoring” for “spying” and “aiding opposition groups” for “supporting terrorist organisations”. The document was not seen by the cabinet secretary, Scarlett at the JIC, nor by the head of the foreign office. It was signed off by Campball, given to Blair and presented to parliment on 3rd February as a second dossier presented as if it all came from the intelligence services.  It was used to justify preparations for war and praised by Colin Powell in the US.

The shadow defence minister Bernard Jenkins commented that UK defence policy served bureaucratic and budgetary constraints rather than Britain's strategic Interest and the more reflective Whitehall generals seem to agree with this view.

Defence Companies such as BAe systems continue to have an extremely close relationship with government. BAe systems' fortunes have been turned around by the war on terror and the governments possible updating of the Trident system, despite their cost overruns and late deliveries upsetting the MoD.

In the year 2000, the Government approved nearly 700 export licences for weapons and military equipment to India and to Pakistan, two countries close to conflict. In January 2002 Tony Blair went on a peace mission in which he discussed a one billion deal for Hawk fighter-bombers from BAe systems in addition to peace. BAe  systems have been “Innovating for a safer world” for some time but it isn't clear what form this innovation takes other then in this case encouraging a small arms race from which they will profit. It perhaps can perhaps be expected that an arms company will do its best to sell arms.

(C)2010 Tom de Havas. The information under this section is my own work it may be reproduced without modification but must include this notice.




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