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“The Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end.”

— Col. David Hackworth
LIBERTY, November 1998

The 3 BIG LIES About Iraq

by John Pilger

1 Lie Number One is the justification for an attack on Iraq — the threat of its “weapons of mass destruction”.

Few countries have had 93 per cent of their major weapons capability destroyed. This was reported by Rolf Ekeus, the chairman of the United Nations body authorised to inspect and destroy Iraq’s arsenal following the Gulf War in 1991. UN inspectors certified that 817 out of the 819 Iraqi long-range missiles were destroyed. In 1999, a special panel of the Security Council recorded that Iraq’s main biological weapons facilities (supplied originally by the US and Britain) “have been destroyed and rendered harmless.”

As for Saddam Hussein’s “nuclear threat,” the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme had been eliminated “efficiently and effectively”. The IAEA inspectors still travel to Iraq and in January [2002] reported full Iraqi compliance.

Blair and Bush never mention this when they demand that “the weapons inspectors are allowed back”. Nor do they remind us that the UN inspectors were never expelled by the Iraqis, but withdrawn only after it was revealed they had been infiltrated by US intelligence.

2 Lie Number Two is the connection between Iraq and the perpetrators of September 11.

There was the rumour that Mohammed Atta, one of the September 11 hijackers, had met an Iraqi intelligence official in the Czech Republic last year. The Czech police say he was not even in the country last year. On February 5, [2002] a New York Times investigation concluded:

“The Central Intelligence Agency has no evidence that Iraq has engaged in terrorist operations against the United States in nearly a decade, and the agency is convinced that Saddam Hussein has not provided chemical or biological weapons to al-Qaeda or related terrorist groups.”

3 Lie Number Three is that Saddam Hussein, not the US and Britain, “is blocking humanitarian supplies from reaching the people of Iraq.” (British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain).

The opposite is true. The United States, with British compliance, is currently blocking a record $5billion worth of humanitarian supplies from the people of Iraq. These are shipments already approved by the UN Office of Iraq, which is authorised by the Security Council. They include life-saving drugs, painkillers, vaccines, cancer diagnostic equipment.

Related pages

Satanic American/British Babykillers: State Terrorism of the Iraqi People

The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

Neighborhood Bully: American Militarism
interview with Ramsey Clark

America: the Ultimate Terrorist
by John Pilger

American/British Terrorism and Genocide of the Iraqi People

Iraq’s Poisoned Water:
The deliberate genocide of the Iraqi people by America and Britain

The Highway of Death

American Sanctions Against the Iraqi People


The United States Government Committed the September 11 Attacks

The Israeli Connection To 9-11

Fox News Special Report: Israeli Spying on the U.S.

Massive Israeli Spy Ring Linked to September 11

9-11 Was a Mossad “False Flag Operation”

9-11, Mossad, the CIA and “False Flag Operations”

The CIA, Insider Trading and the World Trade Center Terror Attack

Operation 911: NO SUICIDE PILOTS

Fake Terror: the Road to Dictatorship

Related sites

The journalism and films of John Pilger

“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.”

U.S. Bombing Watch
When was the last time the U.S. Bombed Iraq?

A huge list which provides information on the latest bombings of innocent civilian people in Iraq in the last two years.

Fire and Ice:
The Devastation of Iraq by War and Sanctions

by Ramsey Clark

“There was no war. No combat. There was only a deliberate, systematic genocide of a defenseless population while barely setting foot on Iraqi soil. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, ‘The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government’, he could not have dreamed in his worst nightmare what the U.S. did to Iraq.”

Defying the Sanctions: A Flight to Iraq
by Michael Parenti

“...on the second day of our visit [in November 2000], US warplanes fired four missiles at the village of Hmaidi in the southern province of Basra, one of which struck the Ali Al-Hayaini school, wounding four children and three teachers. Several homes were also hit.”


“A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal.” By Ramsey Clark and others.

The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on “The Highway of Death”
by Joyce Chediac

“I want to give testimony on what are called the ‘highways of death’. These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, who were withdrawing from Kuwait on February 26th and 27th 1991 in compliance with UN resolutions.

“U.S. planes trapped the long convoys by disabling vehicles in the front, and at the rear, and then pounded the resulting traffic jams for hours. ‘It was like shooting fish in a barrel’, said one U.S. pilot. The horror is still there to see.”

Report presented at the New York Commission hearing, May 11, 1991.

WSWS : News & Analysis: Iraq

This is the index page for an extensive collection of news articles and high-quality political analysis about Iraq.

The bombing of Iraq:
A shameful chapter in American history


This brief essay addresses the renewed bombing of Iraq, begun in December 1998 and continuing to this day. Written by Martin McLaughlin and David North of the Socialist Equality Party soon after the bombing started, it is an excellent political analysis and an eloquent and passionate denunciation of the ongoing U.S. war crimes against the Iraqi people.

“Today’s [American] generals are nothing more than bureaucrats of mass slaughter, working their way up the Pentagon hierarchy, spending a term at the top issuing orders to destroy helpless populations, then retiring to well-paid positions on corporate boards or as ‘consultants’ to the TV networks covering the next American blitzkrieg.”

International Action Center — Iraq Sanctions Challenge

The courageous people at the International Action Center have completed their fourth trip to Iraq. Each time they bring donated medicines to Iraq that are blocked by the American/British sanctions, and then report back on the conditions suffered by the Iraqi people — conditions routinely covered-up by the mainstream corporate mass-media.

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Once again, after almost a decade has passed, the fiendish roar of American and British jets echoed in the suburbs of Baghdad, Iraq, and a deadly rain of bombs once again hits one of the oldest cities on earth.

“Immediately, the corporate media rushed to the airwaves to promote the bombings, and [illegitimate] Bush Administration officials announced that the aerial attacks on the Iraqi capital were acts of ‘pre emptive self-defense’.

“Once again, the corporate-political media launch into the demonization game, with attacks on a ‘Hitler’-like Saddam Hussein, with foreboding threats of Iraq developing ‘weapons of mass destruction’, — yeah, uh huh.”

International Action Center — Iraq Sanctions: The Silent Weapon

Pacifica Radio — Watch on Iraq

Pacifica Radio — Watch on Iraq — links

BLOODY HELL: The Price Soldiers Pay

The website and book Bloody Hell provide a platform for veterans to speak for themselves. Page after page of searing testimony to the brutal, bloody, unmerciful, dehumanising, haunting, destructive, grim black void of war. The pain. The lies. The reality.

The aftermath.

Veterans For Peace

Veterans for Peace, Inc. is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization with a long record of accomplishments since its creation in 1985. They are now involved in The Iraq Water Project — an effort to help rebuild water-treatment facilities that were destroyed and poisoned by U.S./British bombers, or rendered inoperable by American economic sanctions.

Waterborne diseases account for most of the child fatalities caused by American sanctions — at least 4,000 per month of the children who die are under the age of 5 years old.

Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages


The Fire This Time:
U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

The Real Terror Network:
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
by Edward S. Herman

Rogue State:
A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
by William Blum

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

Apocalypse 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden
by David Irving

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era

by Noam Chomsky
Pressure Drop Press, 1991

The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

Bloody Hell:
The Price Soldiers Pay
by Daniel Hallock

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti

What Uncle Sam Really Wants
by Noam Chomsky

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don’t Want You to See
by David McGowan

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

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