THOMAS R. EDDLEM
April 2, 2012
The London Independent newspaper published the words from a video confession with the Iraqi most responsible for false intelligence reports that brought the U.S. to war with Iraq April 1. “We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie,” the interviewer said to Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi — codenamed “Curveball.” Al-Janabi replied simply: “Yes.”
“It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history,” the Independentexplained, “with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi’s lies used to justify the Iraq war.” Al Janabi’s reports were the highlight of sensational reports of Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories in Colin Powell’s (above left) speech to the United Nations February 5, 2003, a speech filled with falsehoods about alleged Iraqi nuclear and biological programs that later proved to have been dormant for a decade. “My main purpose,” al-Janabi said without apology, “was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”
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