The Lies That Led To War is a great documentary from CBC – The Fifth Estate about the undoubtedly wrong ’assumption’ of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Iraq war.
Since the US-led invasion four years ago, the fifth estate has covered Iraq and the war on terror from virtually every angle–the military, media, intelligence, politics–revealing aspects of the story that you didn’t find anywhere else. Now, as the White House warns about the latest threat in the region, this time from Iran, it’s worthwhile looking back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies, that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein.
The political decisions behind the invasion The Lies That Led To War is drawn from these stories: In 2003’s The Forgotten People, the fifth estate examined the human rights arguments used to make a case for war. We looked at the sale of technology by the US to Iraq during the 1980’s despite the fact that this equipment could be, and was used eventually, in military operations by Saddam Hussein against Kurdish civilians. After the gassing of the Kurds in 1988, American business with Iraq actually increased.
Here is where the ideology of privatization logically ends up. As part of its occupation, the US government has flooded Iraq with private contractors. And while some build bridges and others help pump oil, a good number carry out military operations in America’s name, and they’ve positioned themselves to be subject to neither military nor civilian systems of justice. Moreover, they have also steadfastly refused to handover information about their activities to Congress. This interview on Fresh Air (iTunes Feed mp3) gives you good background information on Blackwater USA, the American mercenary army operating in Iraq apparently without oversight or accountability.
[via : Open Culture]
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Hardcover) by Jeremy Scahill
Meet BLACKWATER USA, the world’s most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, it is the fastest-growing private army on the planet with forces capable of carrying out regime change throughout the world. Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq and yet we know almost nothing about the firm’s quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the US. Blackwater was founded by an extreme right-wing fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire ex- Navy Seal named Erik Prince, the scion of a wealthy conservative family that bankrolls far-right-wing causes.
Blackwater is the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror. This is an extraordinary exposé by one of America’s most exciting young radical journalists.
Jeremy Scahill’s interview at John Stewart’s Show (ifilm Video)