Thursday, May 13, 2004

The British Government says abuse photographs are "categorically" fakes.

THE photographs of British troops abusing Iraqi detainees were "categorically" fake, the government said yesterday in what was denounced as a calculated strategy to divert attention from how much was known about claims of torture by UK soldiers in the country.

This doesn't help the US but it is still interesting.

The beheading incident does give us back the moral high ground..

"This action was bad because it makes Arabs look like barbarians but that's what the Americans think anyway. My fear is that now Americans will feel Iraqis deserve the torture," said Mamduh, an Egyptian pharmacy student who did not want to give his full name.

It seems like no matter what happens, someone sees a conspiracy in it.

Revolting millions around the world, the video footage of an American citizen's execution has also raised numerous questions concerning its authenticity.

Here's an interesting tidbit from last March. There are allegations that the government knew where Abu Musab Zarqawi was in 2002. This is the man identified as doing the beheading.

The spin on the story is that the Pentagon planned three cruise missile strikes but the National Security Council declined all three times in order to make a better case for invading Iraq.

But NBC News has learned that long before the war the Bush administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself — but never pulled the trigger.

Considering how successful Clinton'smissilee strikes were at killing Osama bin Ladin, I can understand why they might be reluctant to launch amissilee strike.

The big surprise is buried in the story:
In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.

Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe.

In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq.

Is this true? A positive link to al Qaida, production of poison gas, plots to use it in Europe, a positive link between al Qaida terrorists in England and Iraq! This is why we invaded Iraq in he first place - to stop Iraq from helping al Qaida produce WMDs such as poison gas. Why wasn't this a front page story?

So Bush is justified but it is hidden in the middle of an anti-Bush story.

Oh, that liberal press.

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