As Tony Benn once said, never be ahead of your time and never be proved right- for your enemies will never forgive you. I have long argued that the American and British governments knew full well that Saddam's Iraq posed no threat and was not in possession of WMD. Here's a link to a piece of mine from the Australian in February 2004. Even as late as then, to accuse the British and American governments of deliberately deceiving the public was a controversial position to take. The standard official line- parroted by the likes of Melanie Phillips and a whole host of other pro-war commentators, was that although no WMD had been found in Iraq, Bush and Blair had still acted in a sincere belief that Iraq did possess such weapons.
The line I took was unequivocal: Bush, Blair and Howard lied. As did Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Jack Straw, Dick Cheney, Geoff Hoon and everyone else who planned the illegal invasion.
From today's Independent here's news of the real conspiracy, the diplomat's report suppressed by the government that exposes the truth about the case for war in Iraq. To many the disclosures will come as a shock. But not to those who read the comment pages of The Australian on 5th February 2004.