Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The Crime of the Century- and some gossip from a taxi driver
The Mail reports:
Gossip from an Iraqi taxi driver was a key source for Tony Blair's 'dodgy dossier'.
A report by a respected MP claims that the unlikely secret agent was one of MI6's top sources when it was building a case to justify the invasion.
He provided the information that Saddam Hussein could fire chemical weapons at British targets within 45 minutes.
Mr Holloway's report says that analysts at the Secret Intelligence Service quickly decided the cab driver's information about missiles was 'verifiably' false and warned that the agent was not reliable.
But a carefully-worded footnote in an MI6 report was apparently brushed aside by Downing Street officials when the dodgy dossier was put together in September 2002.
Gossip from a Iraqi taxi driver being used to sell the case for an illegal war. And the consequences of that war: over 1m people dead.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, the carnage unleashed by the illegal invasion continues.
The Iraq war was the defining event of the first decade of the 21st century.
Let’s make sure that in the second decade of the century those responsible for it are finally brought to justice.