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Monday, February 01, 2010

David Knopfler Blog: Oh what a tangled web... meetings with Israelis

David Knopfler Blog: Oh what a tangled web... meetings with Israelis

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Blogger David Knopfler said...

seems I'm the only person with permissions to post comments - which is a bit silly

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Blogger David Knopfler said...

AshbyFamily has left a new comment on your post "Oh what a tangled web... meetings with Israelis":

Dave,
It's easy for everyone, with the benefit of hindsight I might add, to throw out their conspiracy theories regarding the invasion of Iraq under the premise of WMDs. I think Tony Blair made a very important point in the hearings, namely that Sadam had already used WMDs on his own people. That is very important to remember. Couple that with bipartisan intelligence suggesting that WMDs were still in Iraq and I think you've got to give Mr. Blair the benefit of the doubt. Now, obviously the intelligence changed and I can understand the dissenting opinions with regard to Iraq as a whole. However, if you recall the initial invasion, their was bi-partisan agreement (both in the US and UK) in favor of an Iraq plan. Perhaps I'm naive, but I'd like to believe that Mr. Blair wasn't conspiring, but was rather reacting in a way he thought was appropriate at the time. I extend that same courtesy to the more liberal PM and US President we have today. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we don't need to invent conspiracies, we have real threats out in the open.


David Knopfler has left a new comment on your post "Oh what a tangled web... meetings with Israelis":

To say I'm throwing around conspiracy theories is a tad smeary. I don't think the Kurds would see themselves as "his own people." The intel was far from bipartisan and the Inspectors like Ritter and Blix wanted to finish the job. Check out their opinions online. "An Iraq plan" is hardly the same thing as an illegal invasion involving massive loss of life. I think Blair is clear that he did what he thought was right, as you say: The problem is, the same can be said for the invasion of Poland - not of course that I'm comparing Blair to Hitler. I'm simply saying that after 1442 was correctly rejected by the UN, the legal case for invasion simply wasn't there - especially when the intel was sexed up at Downing Street to get Parliament's consent. For Goldsmith to then decide 1441 was adequate won't do. There is a smell in the UK that isn't going to go away until some of the mistakes are identified and a few heads roll.

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