British international law professor Philippe Sands
"Lawless World," reveals Bush and Tony Blair secretly agreed
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

‘Bush decided to invade Iraq before diplomacy failed’


NEW YORK: US President George W Bush made clear to British Prime Minister Tony Blair in January 2003 that he was determined to invade Iraq without a UN resolution and even if UN arms inspectors failed to find weapons of mass destruction in the country, The New York Times reported in its Monday edition.

Citing a confidential British memorandum, the newspaper said the president was certain that war was inevitable and made his view known during a private two-hour meeting with Blair in the Oval Office on January 31, 2003.

Information about the meeting was contained in the memo written by Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The Times.

“Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning,” the paper quotes David Manning, Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser at the time, as noting in the memo. “‘The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March,’ Mr Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. ‘This was when the bombing would begin’,” the paper continued

The timetable came at an important diplomatic moment, the paper said.

Five days after the Bush-Blair meeting, then US Secretary of State Colin Powell was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to present evidence that Iraq posed a threat to world security by hiding unconventional weapons.

Stamped “extremely sensitive”, the five-page memorandum had not been made public, according to the report. Several highlights were first published in January in the book “Lawless World,” which was written by British lawyer and international law professor Philippe Sands.

In early February, Channel 4 in London first broadcast excerpts from the memo. But since then, The New York Times has been able to review the five-page memo in its entirety.

The document indicates the two leaders envisioned a quick victory and a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable, the paper said. AFP
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Lawless World: Bush Considered Flying US Spy Planes Painted With UN Colors Over Iraq In 2003 to Provoke War

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Lawless World: Bush Considered Flying US Spy Planes Painted With UN Colors Over Iraq In 2003 to Provoke War

British international law professor Philippe Sands, author of “Lawless World,” reveals President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed in January 2003 to invade Iraq in mid-March 2003 regardless of the outcome of diplomatic efforts. [includes rush transcript]

New evidence has emerged that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in January 2003 to attack Iraq regardless of whether diplomatic efforts succeeded. The revelation comes in a newly updated version of the book “Lawless World” by British international law professor Philippe Sands. According to the book, Blair offered Bush his full support of the war during a meeting at the White House in January 2003. Sands says his account is based on a summary of the meeting prepared by one of the participants. According to the book, Bush is recorded as saying that "the start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March. That was when the bombing would begin. The military timetable meant that an early resolution was needed."

Bush also reportedly said the "diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning". In addition the book reveals President Bush told Blair that the United Stated was considering flying U2 spy planes disguised as United Nations planes over Iraq in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein. If Iraq fired on the planes, it would help justify a U.S.-led invasion.

* Philippe Sands, the author of “Lawless World.” He is a professor of international law at University College London.

Former UK Soldier Urges Others to Refuse To Fight in Iraq

Here in the U.S, at least 8,000 men and women have now deserted the military since the United States invaded Iraq three years ago. Meanwhile in Britain, soldiers are also refusing to fight in the war. Lance Corporal George Solomou speaks from London on why he resigned last year from the London regiment of the Territorial Army. [includes rush transcript]

USA Today is reporting at least 8,000 men and women have now deserted the U.S. military since the United States invaded Iraq three years ago. And many observers believe the actual number may be even higher. The GI Rights Hotline reports that it now receives up to 4,000 calls per month from soldiers seeking a way out of the military. Before the war, the hotline received about a thousand calls per year. Here in Britain, soldiers are also refusing to fight in the war.

Today we are joined here in London by Lance Corporal George Solomou. Last January he resigned from the London regiment of the Territorial Army. At the time he said, "I want to act as a beacon, a rallying point for other soldiers. We don’t have to go quietly. This war is wrong. I call upon other soldiers to conscientiously object to this war."

* George Solomou, former soldier in the UK Territorial Army, resigned January 2005 in protest of the Iraq war.

* Lindsey German, organizer with one of Britain’s leading anti-war groups, the Stop the War Coalition. She is co-editor of the book "Stop the War: The Story of Britain’s Biggest Mass Movement." The Stop the War Coalition is organizing a major demonstration in London on March 18 to mark the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.

New Video Broadcast Showing Three of the Four Christian Peacemaker Teams Members Abducted in Iraq
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Al Jazeera has broadcast new video of three of the four abducted members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. The silent, 25-second footage carried a superimposed date of February 28th – one week ago today. We speak with a Christian Peacemaker Teams member in London. [includes rush transcript]

British citizen Norman Kember and Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were shown. U.S. citizen Tom Fox, of Virginia, was not on the tape. According to Al Jazeera, the men asked their governments to work for their release. The hostages were last seen all together in a video released January 28th dated one week earlier. This past weekend, the 100-day anniversary of their abduction was marked with vigils around the world. The Peacemakers’ kidnappers initially threatened to kill them unless all prisoners in US and Iraqi detention centers were released.

* Tim Nafziger, a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Britain.
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