On This Tenth Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq, a Reminder, According to the UN Charter, the Invasion was Illegal

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The war in Iraq is not over, not by a long shot. For decades to come we will have to deal with what the United States and its allies have unleashed.

It’s anyone’s guess if those responsible for this war of aggression will ever be held accountable for their crimes, what we do know however, is that the decision to invade Iraq has transformed the global political landscape (emphasis added):

“Kofi Annan, declared explicitly… that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal. Mr Annan said that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security council or in accordance with the UN’s founding charter. In an interview with the BBC World Service… he was asked outright if the war was illegal. He replied: ‘Yes, if you wish.’

“He then added unequivocally: ‘I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal.’

“American officials have defended the war as an act of self-defence, allowed under the UN charter, in view of Saddam Hussein’s supposed plans to build weapons of mass destruction…

“Mr Annan issued a stern critique of the notion of pre-emptive self-defence, saying it would lead to a breakdown in international order.”

Below you will find four videos embedded within excerpt from a 2006 article by Tony Judt entitled, “Bush’s Useful Idiots”. It was relevant then, it is relevant now, and it is well worth the read in its entirety (emphasis added):

“Why have American liberals acquiesced in President Bush’s catastrophic foreign policy? Why have they so little to say about Iraq, about Lebanon, or about reports of a planned attack on Iran? Why has the administration’s sustained attack on civil liberties and international law aroused so little opposition or anger from those who used to care most about these things? Why, in short, has the liberal intelligentsia of the United States in recent years kept its head safely below the parapet?…

The New York Times and “Liberal Media” Helped Sell the Iraq War

“To be sure, Bush’s liberal supporters have been disappointed by his efforts. Every newspaper I have listed and many others besides have carried editorials criticising Bush’s policy on imprisonment, his use of torture and above all the sheer ineptitude of the president’s war. But here, too, the Cold War offers a revealing analogy. Like Stalin’s Western admirers who, in the wake of Khrushchev’s revelations, resented the Soviet dictator not so much for his crimes as for discrediting their Marxism, so intellectual supporters of the Iraq War – among them Michael Ignatieff, Leon Wieseltier, David Remnick and other prominent figures in the North American liberal establishment – have focused their regrets not on the catastrophic invasion itself (which they all supported) but on its incompetent execution. They are irritated with Bush for giving ‘preventive war’ a bad name….

“We’ve Lost Our Country”: An Iraqi American Looks Back on a Decade of War That’s Devastated a Nation

“They may see themselves as having migrated to the opposite shore; but they display precisely the same mixture of dogmatic faith and cultural provincialism, not to mention the exuberant enthusiasm for violent political transformation at other people’s expense, that marked their fellow-travelling predecessors across the Cold War ideological divide. The use value of such persons to ambitious, radical regimes is an old story. Indeed, intellectual camp followers of this kind were first identified by Lenin himself, who coined the term that still describes them best. Today, America’s liberal armchair warriors are the ‘useful idiots’ of the War on Terror.

Dahr Jamail on what happened in Fallujah

“It is thus depressing to read some of the better known and more avowedly ‘liberal’ intellectuals in the contemporary USA exploiting their professional credibility to advance a partisan case. Jean Bethke Elshtain and Michael Walzer, two senior figures in the country’s philosophical establishment (she at the University of Chicago Divinity School, he at the Princeton Institute), both wrote portentous essays purporting to demonstrate the justness of necessary wars – she in Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, a pre-emptive defence of the Iraq War; he… in a shameless justification of Israel’s bombardments of Lebanese civilians (‘War Fair’, New Republic, 31 July). In today’s America, neo-conservatives generate brutish policies for which liberals provide the ethical fig-leaf. There really is no other difference between them.”

Tony Blair Publicly humiliated by Reg Keys

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  • BuzzCoastin

    In Europe I watched the Iraqi government surrender on CNN the day before the invasion.

    They were quite clear that they were ready to open their doors
    to any cashes of WMDs Der Homeland said they had.

  • Hadrian999

    the idea of legal or illegal wars is comical. Any system of law is only strong as the will and ability to enforce such laws. A system of laws can only be considered legitimate if it is equally applied regardless of station, social class, wealth, or power. In the absence of any force or mechanism to enforce international law upon the mighty as well as the weak international law is merely a show to whitewash colonialism and imperialism. discussing legal merits of war is nothing more than mental masturbation. Nations conduct war either because they have the will and might to do so, or because the lack the will and power to resist other nations.

    • steve button

      Which is a pretty stupid way of looking at it. There are way of enforcing it as we’ve seen – to rubbish a system of law designed to punish and prevent attacking and stealing from other nations seems a very good system indeed – but the sytem is flawed because of Zionist extremism apparently being a legitimate ideology – somehow…
      An argument often forwarded by neoconservative liars (-there’ no law – only might makes right) – I’m sorry, but given their history it’s hard to characterize them as anything else, really.
      But clearly nothing more than self-serving tripe..

  • DrDavidKelly

    I’m just glad that the perpetrators of this illegal war (whatever that is) are behind bars now. Those murderers in the Bush administration have all been bought to justice and that Iraq has been liberated and freed from oppression. Just heating up my coco 1 .. 2 … 3 marshmallows and tucking into my warm safe bed in the knowing. Ahhhh.

  • Ittabena

    Saddam wasn’t playing nice, he was threatening to screw with the balance of power inside of OPEC, much like Hugo Chavez had done from time to time. He had been our boy once, but he had since gone off the reservation.

    Big Oil (read CIA inside the Middle East) wanted the Oil. Not so they could pump it, but so they could turn the spigot off. The law of supply and demand is not lost on Big Oil. And now we have higher prices. Viola!

    Illegal? “We are Federales. Badges? We don’t have no badges. We don’t need no stinking badges!”

    • steve button

      “War for oil” myth-making still making the rounds I see…Zionists will love you! Thanks – from Israel!

      • Ittabena

        Dude I checked you comments and they seem to have two central themes; the Moon landings are fake and the Jews are evil. Are you a Holocaust denier as well? I withdraw the question your honor, it was irrelevant.

        Well, since a little research will show that there has been a revolving door between the CIA in the Mid East and Big Oil since the creation of the CIA, and a little historical knowledge will show you that Winston Churchill designed the borders of Iraq to surround three warring clans, ensuring instability there for many generations. Was he a fool? Of course not, he did this intentionally to ensure that Britain would have a fueling station in the next war.

        The date he did this? 1922

        http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18250.htm

        Well it worked, until Dulles and his cronies got together with Big Oil, shared interest and all that, and aced the Brit’s right out. Of course this involved a war and the US leaking Israeli intelligence to the Arabs, which in turn led to the Liberty’s sinking, and our double crossing our British friends, but hey, the Brits had control of the Mid East oil for too long and we wanted it.

        You should really look into the journalism of Greg Palast. He has been working with Bobby Kennedy Jr. to get us back our vote, but before that he was a professional economic investigator who has been investigating Big Oil since the days of Exxon Valdez. When his paper, the Guardian of London, reported on the oil spill in Azerbaijan Greg took a camera crew there.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/15/wikileaks-bp-azerbaijan-gulf-spill.

        Having attended Milton Friedman’s class on the Free Market at University of Chicago, Greg sat in class with many of the people who have been sent down to South America to pillage the resources and people there.

        In his book Vultures Picnic Greg carefully explains to us that the oil shortage scare is indeed manufactured, and it is built on the back of a biased and flawed report from the late 1950s. It grossly, and intentionally underestimated the amount of reserves in then Soviet Russia, it tended to discount tar sands oil as irretrievable, and there is a huge amount of that in Alaska and even more in Venezuela. As the price goes up tar sands become viable.

        The same report also didn’t foresee advances in technology that were still to come, such as H.A.A.R.P. In the initial days of testing of the beginning H.A.A.R.P. array it was used at very low wattage to look for oil. From the new drilling that ensued H.A.A.R.P. was found to be 96% correct in finding oil. It was reported that H.A.A.R.P. was looking in the Western United States, but do we really think they would stop with that, knock off early and go get a drink in rural Alaska?

        So we have found more oil recently now than the report predicted we would ever find. But we have to keep that a secret. In the early days everyone pumped willy-nilly and the demand wasn’t high enough. The oil companies could only ask for peanuts, but the more the oil companies could control, the better they could control the world supply. And if the big guys got together and cooperated to control that supply, well then manipulation could finally be brought into play. The forming of OPEC didn’t hurt this effort either. OPEC makes money, the Oil companies make money.

        Now you expect us to believe that the Oil companies have gone to all this trouble and effort and yet have neglected to keep the law of supply and demand in mind? Sorry too big a stretch.

        Unless of course you were referring to our desire for their opium poppies, but we were talking about Big Oil, not Big Pharma, right?

        Oh and one last thought… You should read The Secret War Against The Jews by John Loftus and Mark Aarons. It will give you a clear historical perspective on what has been going on in the Mid East since before WWI right up to the present day, and clear you up on some details that you have been misdirected on. We as a country have been hating on the Jews for a long time, even though we claim to support Israel publicly and send them huge amounts of money each year. The Brits have done much the same.

        The early movie barons of Hollywood, it is true were all Jewish, but did their best to divorce themselves from their ancestry where there films were concerned. During WWII they knew what was going on in the gas chambers and ovens of Europe, but refused to show it. A little more research will show you what was released and it was so watered down it is possible to miss who they are talking about. Why? Because the German American movie going public might stop showing up at their local theaters if Hollywood started offending them.

        I really think you should turn off Alex Jones. It is almost spring. Go outside, get some fresh air. Go downtown and look at some girls. But give the Jew bashing a break. At least when you come here, ‘mkay?

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