Betrayal of the American people
Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2003

THE EDITOR: Bush told us Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction and was threatening to attack America.

This was the paramount, indeed the single solid justification for his war. While the world implored him to give UN inspectors time to find the WMDs he swore were there, Bush refused on the grounds that an attack by Saddam on America was not only likely, but imminent. He implied, and led Americans to believe, that Saddam and Osama bin Laden were allies when they were, and always had been bitter enemies. After the bludgeoning of an already prostrate Iraq, the world waited for evidence, for the discovery that was to have justified this brutal blitzkrieg. It never came and it never will, because there were no WMDs and never had been. Bush lied to goad Americans to a climax of fear and fury so as to launch a baseless, shameful assault.

Now, as the web of lies that created the Iraq disaster collapses in the light of bitter incontrovertible truth, and the unending cortege of dead and wounded young people continues to come home to hospitals and graveyards, we are asked to forget Bush's lies. We are told by cynics and moral defectives that his monstrous lie about WMDs didn't matter. We are told that eliminating its dictator was reason enough to bludgeon Iraq and to kill, maim and brutalise its stunned and powerless people. Facing a furiously rising national rebellion and clear evidence that the US is justly blamed, hated, and seen as the enemy by the Iraqi people, we are asked to swallow the horror of this deception, to accept what has been inflicted on Iraq, with all its bloody, bankrupting consequences, and to authorise by our silence the continuation of this grisly nightmare, and of the sociopathic appointed figurehead's odious misrule.

Let me just read you excerpts from something George Bush senior wrote five years ago in his book, A World Trans-formed. "I firmly believed we should not march into Baghdad... to occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us and make a broken tyrant, into a latter-day Arab hero, assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerilla war." I submit that Bush has committed the vilest, most cynically depraved act of betrayal of the American people in the history of the Presidency.

Trinidad and Tobago

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