Archive for February, 2013

Blair’s last stand on the moral high ground

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013

by Chris Ames The question of whether Tony Blair lied about the intelligence around Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction is one that usually generates more heat than light, with most people believing almost instinctively that he did lie and his defenders, like John Rentoul, taking a different kind of moral high ground and claiming [...]

MP asks for Iraq War debate

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013

by Chris Ames The Keighley News reports that: Keighley’s MP [Kris Hopkins] has called for a full parliamentary debate on the circumstances leading up to the Iraq war that began nearly a decade ago. [...] Addressing leader of the house Andrew Lansley, Mr Hopkins asked: “Will you facilitate a debate on this important issue?” Responding, [...]

How the Bush administration sold the war

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

by Chris Ames Today on Comment is Free’s Iraq war: 10 years on strand there is an article co-authored by Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson entitled, How the Bush administration sold the war – and we bought it. Joe Wilson is the former US diplomat who was asked by the CIA to investigate the [...]

How Radio 4 reopened The Iraq Dossier

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

by Chris Ames On the Guardian website David Morley, author of a new BBC radio drama about the September 2002 Iraq dossier, tells how he based the story on the experiences – and book – of Brian Jones, my late friend and a co-founder of the Digest. Apparently the BBC “have been remarkably calm about revisiting [...]

Can the BBC shed any more light on Iraq?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

by Chris Ames The BBC’s two main current affairs programmes are both due to screen programmes marking the 10th anniversary of the invasion, starting with Newsnight on Tuesday night with “Iraq: 10 Years on”. It isn’t clear what new light the programme can throw on the issue. From the trailer it doesn’t look as if [...]

Learning the lessons without Chilcot

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013

By Chris Ames It is, to say the least, unfortunate that the tenth anniversary of the invasion will come and go without a report from the Inquiry and of course reflections have already begun ten years on from the biggest of the anti-war marches. The Inquiry website currently features a list of excuses as to [...]

Ten years on – War, Lies and Video

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013

by Andrew Mason From Point du Jour International – coming shortly (currently in production, available at the end of February). The trailer: The promotional description: On the occasion the 10th anniversary of the start of the War in Iraq. Ten years after the start of a war that left between 100 000 and 250 000 [...]

Ten years on – the reflection begins

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

by Andrew Mason As we now approach the tenth anniversary of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq it appears that there is likely to be some significant re-examination of some of the supposedly “solid” evidence that became the major casus belli for this now recognisably illicit military intervention – namely that Iraq remained in possession [...]