By Dee McLachlan
A letter in Monday morning’s Herald Sun sums up the post-September 11 era.
As James O’Neill so eloquently wrote in his article The Case for an Australian Iraq War Inquiry is Compelling:
“(John) Howard essentially argued that it was the “right” decision, taken on the basis of the best available intelligence at that time. The current Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has expressed similar views. Both Howard and Bishop are lawyers… Neither seems to have even a basic grasp of the principles of international law, or indeed even the law of evidence.”
Did our leaders believe that there would be no consequence in destroying an entire country?
I know many Gumshoe readers do not watch mainstream television, but on Monday night Media Watch reported on Sir John Chilcot’s assessment of the media manipulation surrounding the lead up to war in Iraq. And it is encouraging to see, on mainstream (the ABC), the media being exposed for propagated lies that led to war.
In the Media Watch segment “Leading us to war“, the story of media manipulation emerges. (Episode here)
TONY BLAIR: If these weapons fall into their hands and we know that they have both the capability and the intention of using them, then I think we’ve got to act on it, because if we don’t act, we may find out too late the potential for destruction. — Channel Nine, 60 Minutes, 3 March, 2002
Australia joined the US and the UK in invading Iraq one year after Blair’s warning. Media Watch continues:
“Western experts watch as Saddam replenishes his armoury of weapons of mass destruction — The Age, 14 March, 2002
“So Australians were also sold as fact … what turned out to be fiction or a fantasy.
Nor was it just ‘quality’ papers put on the drip. The ‘Iraq Media Strategy’ reveals that the UK government also intended:
… to give papers like The Sun the chance to popularise our case — Iraq Media Strategy, 11 March, 2002
The claim backs US beliefs that President Hussein is providing a safe haven for Osama bin Laden’s terror network — The Advertiser, 26 August, 2002
The claim was a LIE.
“And let’s not forget 175 of Rupert Murdoch’s 176 worldwide mastheads backed the invasion. …Most papers in Australia have blamed our then Prime Minister John Howard. Or Britain’s Tony Blair. Or all the leaders who took us to war. …The Sun also had no doubt about the culprit.
WEAPON OF MASS DECEPTION – TONY Blair led a mass deception of the public over the war in Iraq — The Sun, 7 July, 2016
They expose the biggest weapon of mass deception was the media itself. And the comments on the Media Watch segment, too, are most encouraging.