Wednesday, August 22, 2012
W. & WMD's
There were some interesting scenes though. The one that struck me the most was the one in which Bush's closest advisors held a meeting to discuss why no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. In it David Kay of the Iraq Survey Group makes what I believe is the most important point about the Iraq war which is almost always overlooked. In this scene the David Kay character explains to a gobsmacked Bush administration why Sadam Hussein behaved like he was hiding WMD's when he in fact had none. Sadam was trying to thread a very thin line. He wanted to be ambiguous with the west so that they would confront him over his WMD's but not to the extent that they would take military action. His most important objective was to make his own people believe the perception that the Iraqi military had stockpiles of chemical weapons. The belief that such weopans existed was what prevented his own people from rising against him. The majority Shia Muslims in the south and the ethnic Kurds in the north were terrified of an arial gas attack in the event of an uprising just as the unfortunate citizens of Halabja had sufered in 1988. This point is so often missed when discussing the Iraq war. Because had Bush allowed the UN weapons inspectors to find out what we subsequently knew to be true, that Sadam was toothless on the WMD front, then it is very possible, if not quite likely that it would have led to the overthrow of Sadam Hussein by his own people. Unfortunately though, it seems that others wanted war and a lot of people died unnecessarily.