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January 23, 2010

Funny how Australia has gone very quiet on the Iraq war whilst the British are conducting an inquiry into it. The Chilcot inquiry embraces the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and the aftermath and is providing further evidence that Tony Blair misled the British public in the run up to the war in Iraq in 2003.

afterIraq.jpg Steve Bell

Narry a word in Australia. The curtain has been pulled down. The silence is deafening.

Nothing is being said even though the Howard Government simply followed Washington and London on the need for regime change, on being committed from an early stage to a military invasion, and in deceiving the Australian public about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. There was no threat to Australia from Iraq even ttough and Howard, like Blair, had claimed that intelligence had "established beyond doubt" that Iraq had WMD.

The Chilcot Inquiry shows that claim is unsustainable on the basis of intelligence assessments.The lack of evidence when inspectors went in did not change the policy of military intervention because people in government were convinced that there were weapons.

Isn't it the role of the media to ask journalism is about asking awkward questions? So where are the questions? It seems as if everyone in the Australian polity wants to forget the skeletons from the shameful past.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:38 PM | | Comments (4)


"...the silence is deafening."

Well of course it is. There's nothing more to discuss. After all, nobody go hurt, did they?

Yeah come on Gary ... important to look forward not backward ... maybe mistakes were made but let's not dwell on the past ... besides, Kevvie wants to be able to congratulate our late PM on his new appointment as global cricket czar or whatever it is and it would spoil the tone if Howard was acknowledged as a murderous war criminal.

Interesting thing about that cartoon....

Our littlest ANZAC has as much blood on his hands as the other mongrels, but he doesn't rate a mention in the cartoon. I'd guess that a truckload of people in the UK and US weren't even aware of our chest-thumping support for this unprovoked war.

Dunno if thats a good thing or a bad thing.

I the politicians can avoid questions like "what justifies a war", can avoid an authoritative inquiry in the level of a perceived threat required to go to war, then they can weasel their justifications of the next one.

There's nothing I know about that prevents Australia going to war without any justification for defence or protection of citizens of other countries.

Besides, if there is an inquiry that criticizes the proportionality of belligerence by those who invaded Iraq compared to the actual threat as then understood by intelligence agencies to be much lower than what the politicians used in propaganda, then there'd be a bit of trouble avoiding criticism of Israeli belligerence and non-proportionality in operation "cast lead" reported by the Goldstone Report.

And the media? For commercial media, unthinking patriotism and war sells (imagine Murdoch asking, "How many people view/read to a greater extent if there is a war on that we are involved in?"). For Aunty, however, there is little excuse other than being cowed too easily, opening up yet another front to the rightards who don't like her.