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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, January 29, 2004
    45 - living the lie
    Hang on. What's the real issue at stake here? In September 2002 the government produced a dossier about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, including the claim they could be deployed within 45 minutes. Despite this never being proven, regardless of whether or not it had been 'sexed-up', the government used that dossier to justify 'going to war' in February 2003.

    These claims are still unsubstantiated. Even Colin Powell now concedes that no weapons of mass destruction may be found in Iraq. An estimated 250,000 - 500,000 deaths and injuries later, after a 'Shock and Awe' strategy designed specifically to terrorise and murder the population by destroying what was left of their hospitals and water supply, in the aftermath of a country thrown into chaos by all this brutality: let's be clear - what's the real issue at stake here?

    The outcome of the Hutton enquiry is, if we're not careful, we'll all just keep living the lie.

    "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." - Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, quoted in The Fire This Time.

    Mr Blair said he respected the BBC's independence and expected it to continue to question the government "in a proper way". - BBC News today.