Weapons of mass destruction scandals are gaining momentum in the United States as well as Britain. The two major war allies, who violated Iraq's sovereignty without an international mandate last year, are now scrambling to show that they were simply behaving with honorable motives when they marched to Baghdad, leaving behind uncounted corpses of innocent Iraqis.
The intelligence was botched, tampered with and "sexed up". As a result, an inquiry in the US is about to unfold while new ones (aside from the baffling Hutton report that oddly enough exonerated British Prime Minister Tony Blair) are expected to unleash in Britain soon. Analysts everywhere predict the scandals to persist for quite a while. Political scapegoats have either been located, or are in the making: The BBC is paying for Blair's inflated intelligence, while the CIA's George Tenet is a likely candidate to carry the brunt of the Americans' own fraudulent war pretenses.
Expectedly, the opposition in both countries is learning how to exploit the WMD sham to their favor. US Democratic presidential candidates' nitpicking obliged President George Bush to agree to an independent inquiry. "I, too, want to know the facts," a suddenly doubtful Bush told reporters. Meanwhile in Britain, despite his undeserved exoneration, one can hardly claim that Blair emerged from the tragic death of Dr. David Kelly unscathed; the prime minister's record is now dotted with discord. The British public is little impressed with his performance, especially with people such as Robin Cook tailgating him. "Now that even the White House has admitted they may have got it wrong, it's embarrassing to watch our government still trying to deny reality. The game is up," the former foreign secretary said.
Every frivolous detail that was once seen as fleeting and inconsequential is likely to be brought up, time and again. I wonder if we've seen the last of BBC's Andrew Gilligan. But, it's almost certain that former US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neil, who revealed Bush's intentions to oust Saddam Hussein from power before the attacks of Sept. 11, will make more informative TV appearances in the near future. The political consequence of his revelation is now more pertinent than ever before.
But still, justice is far from being served in Iraq. Little can be done to bring back those who so unjustly perished, the collateral damage of Bush's quest to rid the world of alleged weapons of mass destruction. Much is still at stake for this corroding Arab country, whose freedom from tyranny came at a more unbearable price, a vile occupation with an unmatched disregard for human rights. Not a day passes, without Iraqi blood being shed, in the name of "liberty and freedom". Nonetheless, one can hardly hide an inner reverberation of moral vindication.
Those who genuinely opposed the war knew that hell was about to break loose in Iraq, considering the many alarming factors already at play, including the fundamentalist mindset of Bush's ruling elite, rooted in a strange mix of religious zealots, ideologues and corporate interests. This moral vindication must be used to recharge efforts to bring an end to the international crisis created by this band, which shrewdly employed the justified fear of terrorism to espouse recalculated wars, evoking more anxiety and greater chances of violence.
Yet, what I find most disheartening, is the inability of Arab governments to assume any significant role in holding the American and British governments accountable for their deceit.
After all, long after the immanent departure of the invading armies, it's the Arab world that will be left with the responsibility of patching up the future of the region, of which Iraq is key. Allowing the US and Britain to maintain their pre-emptive logic will keep Arab countries in the center of Washington and London's war games. What it greatly needed is a collective and robust international stand, centered in the Arab world, aimed at countering the seemingly unchallenged US foreign policies and imperial designs.
To achieve this, Arabs must cease falling into their reactive role, only rejecting accusations of aiding or harboring terrorists, but never proactive in confronting Washington and its neo-conservative band. Destabilizing the US and British administrations in this particular time is essential, but only useful as a short-term strategy. For the long run, a more concrete and viable alliance must be forged, where countries that oppose such unwarranted military occupation as Iraq's, along with Arab countries, work to remove the shadow of war and uncertainly imposed by the US and its so-called coalition. Arabs must abandon their standard position of simply fighting off accusations, but in fact take part in the pressure campaign mounting against those who led an illegitimate war in hunt for weapons that only seemed to exist in "sexed up" intelligenc
Ramzy Baroud is a Palestinian-American journalist and editor-in-chief of The Palestine Chronicle online newspaper. His articles were published and quoted in newspapers around the world, including the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Guardian, among others. He is the editor of the anthology: "Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion." Baroud is also a researcher for the Qatar-based al-Jazeera Net English.
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I read this article, and I am struck by a couple of questions:
1. Why IS there a cone of silence from EVERYONE regarding the WMD's that aren't? Why is it that no one talks about the fact that there are not, and never were?
2. Who is the US, Nick C., to tell anyone, anywhere, that they may or may not posess nuclear weapons? What right do we, as a sovereign nation, have to impose our opinion on any other nation?
Until the US remembers who we are and how we got here, we are a danger to ourselves and others. I think that is the definition of mental illness, isn't it.
Look, I was born and raised in the heartland of the Good Old USA, educated by Catholic Nuns, alhamdulillah. I learned how to read, and what I have read about the history of the world makes me very sad, and pesimistic regarding the direction this country is taking. Without a real step back, we will become that very thing that we foam at the mouth about. "homeland security", "patriot act". These very phrases should chill the heart of any patriot. As a patriot, it is my DUTY to point out my government's failings, and to participate in the resolution of our problems. We never should have allowed the current administration to send troops ANYWHERE without compelling evidence, and NEVER without the approval of the UN. And I wonder again WHY no one is talking about the absence of the WMD's...Could it be that the letters FBI now really spell KGB??
TO ALL ARAB NATIONS. WHY IS NO MENTION MADE OF
SADDAM'S HORRIBLE RECORD OF WAR, PLUNDER,
MUSTARD GAS POISONING OF KURDS, MASS MURDERS AND BURIALS OF IRAQI CITIZENS AND WASTING IRAQ'S OIL REVENUES ON WILD SCHEMES THAT HAD NO RELATION TO ALLEVIATING POVERTY AND REPEATED VIOLATION OF UN RESOLUTIONS. OR MAY BE, MR. BAROOD FEELS THAT SINCE SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS ARAB HE COULD DO NO WRONG. JUST AS COLONEL QADDAFI HAS SOBERED UP
AND ADMITTED THAT ISRAEL IS NOT A THREAT, MIDDLE EAST NATIONS NEED TO COOL THEIR HEELS, STOP WASTING OIL REVENUES, INITIATE PEACE WITH ISRAEL
AND TAKE A COLD SHOWER. ITS TIME TO BE HONEST
AND STOP TURNING EVERYTHING INTO A JIHAD. GOD BLESS AMERICA WHICH HAD THE GUTS TO CONFRONT
SADDAM'S STALINIST STATE WHICH HAD NO BASIS
IN THE KORAN OR SHARIAH. HE HAD INVADED KUWAIT AND IT WAS A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE HE WOULD INVADE
SAUDI ARABIA. OR DID THE KNUCLEHEADS EXPECT AMERICA TO WAIT FOR SUCH A CATASTROPHE TO OCCUR BEFORE ACTING AGAINST IRAQ. GOD BLESS AMERICA FOR ITS GUTS AND DECENCY EVEN WHILE WELCOMING
MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS TO ITS SHORES.
I've chosen not to dignifiy your transparent attempts at provocation with a response in kind.
Every country in the world has a right to persue the means to defend intself, especially after the terrorist war and occupation against Iraq.
They do not know the definition of God! They think Jesus (PBUH) is going to save them. That's plain sad and stupid. How Naive people in the Modern age can be! NO FREE LUNCH NO WHERE, LAURA!!!! It's time to wake up!!! You're responsible for understanding what the definition of the English "is" is, No one else. Sorry! Bill...Hilary concurs with H.A. regarding this matter.
Let H.A. summarize Laura's thinking teleopathically with H.A.'s patented equations-
BOOZE + NUDISM (sorry Janet!!!) + UNJUST WARS + SLAVERY + segregations + tight Jeans + 50 Stars for 50 different justices for 50 different people in the USA + Reality shows with sluts, NOT human beings + NO CHURCH (Church are only after GREAT BIG BANGS (i.e.-9/11) = PROGRESSIVE WEST OF LAURA
ISLAM + ALLAH + MUSLIMS + ISLAMICIITY.COM/iviews.com = TERRORISTS
WEST = GOOD + CIVLIZED; the rest of the world is good until they STOP funnelling resources eastward instead of the westward.
That's the truth!!! If anyone can't handle H.A's truths then that's just too bad!!!
Laura hatefully writes-
".....These backward governments that are dominated by religious leaders tolerate and
encourage terrorism, homicide bombers and
mass murder all in the name of whatever they
think "God' is..."
H.A. has a few questions for Dear Ms. Progressive!!!
Ms. Laura! Was Saddam a religious leader? What about the Saudi,the Jordanian and the Egyptian dictators? Your dear U.S. gov't seem to sleep and drink coffee at the Lincoln bed with these puppets of your gov't all the time. How come you do not complain about your gov't's association?
I thought you, the people, comprise your gov't!!!
Is it b/c of cheap, STOLEN oil?
I am NOTsurprised.... the British empire was an empire of thugs. How good can one expect the zionist and infidellic thugs currently infesting Washingtion and the USA? It is the same! They want to live at the expense of people of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Besides, THE UNITED STATES and ISRAEL are the two real terrorist states. Just take a world poll, you 'll see! If you, Laura, do not trust H.A., just take a trip abroad and you would be very lucky NOT to come home in a body bag. TRUST ME!!! Just ask yourself, if the U.S. is an angellic state, why do people around the world want to take a shot at you??? -9/11 was just a warm-up drill!!!
You do not have to take my words for it. Let the clock to its ticking... Sorry to scare you though!
I think it is time someone bulldoze Laura out of Islamicity.com and create an apartheid wall around this webstie, not for grabbing "WEBLAND", but to make Laura realize which gov't sponsor terrorism and the population of which country funnel money for building a racist zionist wall.
It's also time that multiple Zionist checkpoints, which are funded and supported by American taxpayers,be setup around this WEBSITE, so that it takes 5 hrs to post Laura's 3 sentence c
Keep in mind this "Laurie" is the same supporter of jewish terror against Palestinians. Note also the obsession with Saddam Hussein and not with any of the dozens of other ruthless dictators who are bossom buddies with the Bush crowd....Islam Karimov anyone?
The hypocrisy and deception of these liars is nothing new.
matter how you twist it, governments that are
dominated by religious leaders tolerate and
encourage terrorism, homicide bombers and
mass murder all in the name of whatever they
think "God' is. What - defend Hussein and his
filthy politics? You've got to be kidding. What's
"perplexing" about it? These backward
governments are trying to hold onto ancient,
archaic beliefs and survive in a modern world
of technology, advances in medicine, etc...The
oil reserves are unfortunately the only positive
thing they have to offer to humanity - they are
not going to jeopardize their tenuous position
in the world by coming out against the U.S. or
You forgot to add that it is being shed by terrorist cowards placing bombs in public areas, not by the coalitions' weapons.
Mr. Baroud shows an extraordinary naivette by merely posing the question to the Arab rulers. He expects them to bite the hands that feeds and protects them.
In the last century it was Britian and France which assumed protection of such regimes in return for plundering our wealth, to day it is America and its lapdog Britain for Britian on its own dare not send one soldier to the Middle East. As for Australia that is another matter.
Today our regimes are aligned with America one way or another and to hell with human rights. All that and democracy included is for home consumption, not for export. Although their own people are now feeling erosion of their freedom since Bush and his cabal took office.
You did not publish my earlier comments on another article because I was also critical of the OIC. For Heaven's sake if Muslims and Arabs have no respect in the world especially when we travel who can we blame? Aren't our governments and organisations such as OIC should be a little more forcefull about respect for Muslims?
Take a leaf from the ADL and the Jewish movements and see if anyone dares speak against Israel or Jews. They know how to look after their own even though many of us don't like them.
I don't advocate being like them but I don't also like our utter silece and sheepish bahviour towards the Western world as if they are our god.
Stand up and be counted. No father likes to see his children being humiliated woithout putting a fight. In my earlier response I outlines many such non-violent fights that will restore our collective degnity. Pitty you chose to ignore it.
Do not be an accomplice is trying to be too nice. Respect has its boundaries and when we are humiliated wherever we trun then we should use a little muscle. At least economic muscle which Allah has given us abandantly and which we plunder without thanks.
Peace be upon all.
I am Surprised that an author of Mr Baroud's eminence expects Arab governments to have any say of their affairs. I thought Iraqi invasion and the constant massacres of Palestinians put to rest the fiction of so called Arab sovereignty or independence. I think he should know that all the Arab heads of States of what ever shape or colour are nothing more then American employees.
It is unreasonable of Mr Baroud to expect that an Arab heads of states would go against an American dictate. As good employees all Arab heads of states are following the company dictate (America) whether they see it as right or wrong, they know the consequence of going against their employer's wishes...replacement.
About the matter of Iraqi WMD, from the beginning everyone knew it is fiction, just an excuse America to invade Iraq. The Arab heads of states knew long before the Iraqi invasion, Iraq does not have WMD but just went along (compelled) with the American fiction. They did not voice their dissent by then nor would they dare to voice their disapproval now of American policies no matter how obnoxious!
I said nothing about the Arab masses. As the writer knows better then I do ordinary Arab people have no way of showing their dissent, I hasten to add that it is not an Arab peculiarity, it just that through out history dictators never allowed voice for their people. Current Arab dictators are particularly nasty form of dictators.
As non-Arab Muslim it really hurts me when I hear Arab writers, talk show hosts and their quests talking about Arab nationalism and unity...do not they ever learn! I am not going to go as far as saying Arab nationalism is the reason Arabs, and for that matter other Muslims fell so low but we have had 150 years of Arab nationalism and where did it get us! I do not dislike Arabs, how can I? My dear prophet (SCWS) was Arab but I do know that Arabs are nothing without Islam and Islam is nothing without Arabs! The sooner
Once upon a time a sutlan raised an army and marched halfway around the known world because a single Muslim female was in distress. Now thanks to a lack of faith we are the stepchildren of the world although we are a billion and control most of the worlds natural resources. We cower in fear. We are Muslims in name only. We must remember that the Prophet (PBUH) said we will get the leaders we deserve. A simplistic view no doubt but it does get to the root of the problem there are not enough of us who behave as Muslims most of us only act the part and then in secret. I am not calling for any radical action no bombs or bullets just something in most cases as simple as a change of dress. Dosen't it bother anyone else that the only visible Muslims are the ladies? Did you know that at one time non Muslims were not allowed to dress like Muslims and now we do everything we can to be like the ones we are supposed to be calling to faith. There is a saying in America that goes "if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and talks like a duck it's a duck". My brothers and sisters our mission is to call others to the truth but to do so we must first believe it to be the truth. The key word is believe, because how you act is based on what you believe. When we have "La Illaha IllAllah" in our hearts and not just on our tounges. We will begin to behave in a way that others will admire and all of the misconceptions of our faith will disappear. When we speak we will be believed and the lies of our corrupt leaders will amount to a hill of ash. It is sad to say our leaders are a reflection of our actions and until we change ourselfs we will have leaders more concerned with staying in power than being a leader.
If real democratic regimes were present Uncle Sam wouldnt have any say or power there.
Do you think Arabs and Arab Leaders will open their mouth?? No way. First of all they have NO time to Chew their rich food and no time to yawn after the heavy food. Then how can you expect them to open their mouth?
Before this ILLEGAL WAR in Iraq, almost everyone from all parts of the world protested against it except Arab Nations. No one from Arab world opened their mouth till this moment.
Now everyone knows that WMD claim was nothing but a SCANDAL and two Monsters (Bush and Blair) lied and cheated the whole world. Every country is blaming these two nations and demanding inquiries for their evil actions. But what happend to the so called ARAB-NATIONS and ARAB-LEADERS? Where are they and what are they doing now? NO VOICE IS HEARD.
As a Muslim, i think we have a very very long way to go. Our beloved Prophet Muhammed(SAS) completely abolished slavery 14 centuries ago. Now it has emerged. I feel almost all the muslims and Arab Nations are slaves of Western countries.
The situation is getting worser and worser day by day for all Muslims and i really don't know where this will lead us. Before asking for Almighty Allah's help, we muslims should change internally and externally. Allah will never change the situation unless we change ourselves.
I ask Rabbul-Aalamin, LORD of the worlds and LORD of the mankind, Almighty Allah to guide us in the right path. Aameen.