Don't sleep so easily, war criminals of New Labour:
Mon, 22 Dec 2008
A former UN chief weapons inspector says he is ready
to testify about the false US allegations which led
to the Iraq war before a tribunal.
Hans Blix, in a Sunday interview with Al Jazeera television
said he and the Head of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, were subjected to
implicit threats from US Vice President Dick Cheney
in the run-up to the Iraq war.
The former top UN inspector said Cheney had also threatened
to defame ElBaradei and him if they refused to provide
the "required" information on Iraq's alleged weapons
of mass destruction.
"The Bush administration misled Americans and the world
by creating a hype about weapons of mass destruction
in order to justify the invasion of Iraq," Blix added.
The Swedish constitutional lawyer had earlier in 2004
told NBC News that, "It is probable that the governments
were conscious that they were exaggerating the risks
they saw in order to get the political support they
would not otherwise have had.''
Blix, who was the director general of the IAEA from
1981 to 1997, added that he is ready to testify about
the false US allegations before an international tribunal.
After the invasion of Iraq and the US failure to find
the alleged WMD in the country, intelligence officials
were severely criticized for relying "too much on defectors
and exercising too little critical judgment in assessing
Earlier in January 2008, members of the House Judiciary
Committee called for starting impeachment hearings against
The House Judiciary Committee members accused Cheney
of "manipulating intelligence to deceive Congress and
the American people about a fabricated threat of Iraqi
weapons of mass destruction and an alleged relationship
between Iraq and al Qaeda."
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Vice President
Dick Cheney made a false claim on NBC that Iraq had
been the 'geographic base' for the attacks.
However, President George W. Bush acknowledged on September
17, 2003 that, "We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein
was involved with the 11 September attacks."
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