No WMD in Iraq!
Updated: 21 May 2008, 23:00
Originally written: 15 January 2005
The United States government has ended its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The government has been back-pedalling, seemingly since the day they arrived in Baghdad, trying to convince us that it does not matter if there are no such weapons. They now point to the many other repugnant aspects of Saddam Hussein’s regime to justify the invasion. The White House propaganda team may trick many people — maybe even the majority — but the the U.S. government’s heavy emphasis on weapons of mass destruction convinced many people to support the invasion of Iraq.
No weapons of mass destruction (now known as WMD) were found. 1,200 investigators, over 20 months, found no banned chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. That does not mean they do not exist — Saddam Hussein is a nasty piece of work — but George Bush and Tony Blair led us to believe that Saddam could send off the nukes with about half an hour’s notice. That level of development and readiness suggests that 1,200 investigators should have been able to find something compelling.
They even had fuzzy pictures, which U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told us proved that the weapons existed. One would think that 1,200 investigators, backed up by tanks and machine guns, with photographs pinpointing the placement, could find them in 20 months.
But they found nothing. That leaves us with three options. Option one is that Bush and Blair lied. That is not difficult to believe. Presidents and prime ministers get paid to lie — it is part of their job. The second option is that the CIA and MI6 were way off the mark. If one believes that the U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade a few years ago was an accident, and the CIA had bad maps, then this is a reasonable option. The third option is that Saddam hid them away. This is not at all far-fetched. However, it does stretch one’s credulity to believe that nobody knew any details of such a major undertaking. Saddam was not exactly Mister Popularity in Iraq. He probably is not as hated as the propaganda leads us to believe, but many Iraqis have no allegiance to, and much distaste for Saddam Hussein. Nobody talked. Maybe there was nothing to talk about.
After bombing the Chinese embassy because of a CIA “error” one would think that a prudent president would show caution when receiving “intelligence” from the CIA. One would think that when sending people off to be killed, based upon that “intelligence,” the caution would be multiplied.
One would think that if one believes that presidents and prime ministers are in power to serve the interests of the vast majority: the working class. But if one analyses history, right up to today, it becomes clear that presidents and prime ministers serve a different master. They have no real choice, and the working class majority accepts the social structure, built on the economic super-structure of capitalism, which forces leaders to work for the capitalists — those who own the factories and other businesses.
Enlightened by history, one cannot be surprised that for their own ego, and for oil, leaders are willing to sacrifice the lives of young workers.
It does not matter whether or not Bush and his recent electoral rival John Kerry, were war heroes, or deserters. It does not matter that Blair is a Labour prime minister, supposedly attuned to working people. What matters is that war is an inherent part of capitalism. All of the politicians in their capitalist political parties, are striving to run capitalism. That means they are striving for war.
We, in the working class, need to see through the lies and deadly games played by the politicians, the capitalists, and their apologists. If we do not, they will continue to lie to us and send us to die.
Unfortunately for our class, many of our class do not recognize the lies, even when laid out, plain to see.
According to the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), in an article “Bush Supporters Still Believe Iraq Had WMD or Major Program, Supported al Qaeda”, the lies from the White House appear to be gospel to many people. Using information from polls conducted in September and October 2004, PIPA shows the astounding blindness of the working class. “Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%).”
If we let the leaders make decisions, if we trust them, if we ignore the facts, we condemn ourselves to more of the same. More war. More poverty. More terrorism. If we see through the lies, we can reshape the world. We can build a society without war, poverty, or terrorism. But there are two key points here. First we must see through the lies. Then we must build. Neither can stand alone. Neither is sufficient. Both are necessary.
If you want to own the world, you have to earn it with knowledge and commitment. To gain knowledge you have to look, and listen, and remember. To show commitment, you must help others gain knowledge.
We already built everything which has been built. Now it is time to take it back from those who keep it from us.