A Conspiracy to Kill


Justice, Saddam Hussein style, was to hang the accused then try him. Those found innocent would then be declared "martyrs of wrath" and their families would be compensated.
Justice, American style, is for a Likud cabal within the Bush administration to prepare a war on the basis of completely false accusations in which over a hundred thousand Iraqis and two thousand Americans are killed, and when a co-conspirator is referred to trial he is not accused of taking part in the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people but of perjury.

Traditional American justice is great and American human rights are an example for the world to follow, but I am talking here about justice under the Bush administration, since Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, began his effort about 18 months ago to find out who leaked the name of an intelligence operative, Valerie Plame, as an act of revenge against her husband, Joseph Wilson. Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador, was sent to Niger and returned to confirm that information about Iraq's attempt to buy uranium, known as yellow cake, from that country was bogus, thus destroying a main premise for launching the war against Iraq.
The conspiracy was hatched long before 9/11. I will not delve into the history of the neo-cons but rather go back only to the year 2000 when Dick Cheney asked the Project for a New American Century, a hub of anti-peace Likudniks, for a strategic study that was presented in September that year stressing that "the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." But the hawks admitted that the American public would not support a war against Iraq unless there was a "catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor."

And so it was and the 9/11 attacks gave the hawks the excuse they needed. Iraq was not officially linked to the atrocity but every official statement also made mention of Iraq to establish a subconscious link in the mind of the American public.
The Niger uranium remains one of the most outrageous lies of the whole affair. It started with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visiting Washington on October 15, 2001 with Nicolo Pollari, the new head of Italian intelligence (SISMI). Keen to please, they offered documents claiming that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger. The CIA studied the documents and decided they ere unreliable. Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger and confirmed the agency's suspicion.

Thanks again to Jon Gold for the heads up.