Before We Attack Iran, Remember “Curveball” and Faked Intelligence about Iraq
All the usual suspects want war with Iran. Never mind they misled the public about Iraq. Let's start another "splendid little war"!
Good ol' "Curveball," an iraqi chemical engineer, admits that he made everything up about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. And he has no regrets, even though thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis are now dead. At least Curveball seems to be doing okay.
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war.
He tries to defend his actions: "My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime's oppression."
The chemical engineer claimed to have overseen the building of a mobile biological laboratory when he sought political asylum in Germany in 1999. His lies were presented as "facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence" by Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003.
But Mr Janabi, speaking in a two-part series, Modern Spies, starting tomorrow on BBC2, says none of it was true. When it is put to him "we went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie", he simply replies: "Yes."
"Yes." And on that lie a war was begun.
U.S. officials should remember Curveball before they take America into another unprovoked and unnecessary war.