Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seven Myths About the Iraq War: How BBC Newsnight failed journalism on the 10 year anniversary of the invasion | Veterans Today

Seven Myths About the Iraq War: How BBC Newsnight failed journalism on the 10 year anniversary of the invasion | Veterans Today
MYTH 1. Sectarian violence has increased in postwar Iraq because sectarianism has always existed in Iraq, and the removal of Saddam allowed it to erupt

MYTH 2. We went to war in Iraq based on a legitimate parliamentary process, even if lots of people demonstrated against it – most Brits approved the war according to polls

MYTH 3: The Iraq War was, at worst, a colossal cock-up, simply because we didn’t have good intel on the ground about WMDs etc. So we didn’t really go to war on the basis of a lie, we went to war because our intel was wrong.

MYTH 4: The decision to go to war was based on a legitimate parliamentary process, legal advice from the Attorney General, as well as consultations with the UN.

MYTH 5: Even if the WMD issue was not really the issue, we went to war to get rid of a brutal dictator who had killed tens of thousands of people with chemical weapons.

MYTH 6: We didn’t plan for the aftermath of the Iraq War because of hubris, incompetence and general stupidity

Myth 7: The number of people who died as a consequence of the war is disputed, and will always be disputed – could be anything from a hundred thousand to over half a million – but who knows?...