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Bush and Blair Continue to Dig Their Own Graves

At a joint press conference in Washington last week, Tony Blair and George W Bush trotted out their same old tired line that they went to the UN Securtity Council as part of a diplomatic attempt to stave off the impending invasion of Iraq. Now, as The Sunday Times points out, the real story seems to be different.

This quote is in reference to the 2nd classified memo that has been leaked to The Times and was published on Sunday.

"The document said the only way the allies could justify military action was to place Saddam Hussein in a position where he ignored or rejected a United Nations ultimatum ordering him to co-operate with the weapons inspectors. But it warned this would be difficult.

“It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject,” the document says. But if he accepted it and did not attack the allies, they would be “most unlikely” to obtain the legal justification they needed.

The suggestions that the allies use the UN to justify war contradicts claims by Blair and Bush, repeated during their Washington summit last week, that they turned to the UN in order to avoid having to go to war. The attack on Iraq finally began in March 2003."

Then there is this bit of wishful thinking by the Times.

"The briefing paper is certain to add to the pressure, particularly on the American president, because of the damaging revelation that Bush and Blair agreed on regime change in April 2002 and then looked for a way to justify it."

One would like to think this would put pressure on Bush, but I'll believe it when I see it.


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