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June 16, 2003

This is good news indeed. The Howard Government has managed to dodge the accountability issue in Australia over its reasons for going to war with Iraq. And the Senate has not pushed the issue even though the latest leads continue to be dead ends. It now looks as if the initial step for making the Howard Government accountable for deceiving Australian citizens will be taken by the foreign affairs select committee inquiry of the British Parliament.

As Robert Manne says the viability of democracy depends on us trying "to discover an explanation for the deception and the true causes of what has occurred."

However, Manne is confusing. The issue of deception is not about the existence of the biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction per se. Israel possesses weapons of mass destruction but no one talked about invading Israel. And it is highly likely that Iraq's WMD are in the hands of Syria.

The issue is about the significance of the threat these weapons posed to Australia's national interest that justified invading a sovereign nation state. That is where Australian citizens were mislead. And they are continuing to be misled
by sping about have discovered the weapons of mass destruction. The accountability issue, as Tim Dunlop says, is one where the emperor has no clothes. Now the Howard Government is passing the buck by saying that they relied on US And UK intellegence--ie., that they were led astray?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:01 PM | | Comments (0)