10 years after the Iraq war: New Danish documentary “The War Campaign - how to sell a war”

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COPENHAGEN, Mar. 14, 2013 (EIRNS) – “The War Campaign” (på dansk: "Dokumania: Bush, Blair og Fogh -- Krigskampagnen") was shown to the press today, billed as “a political thriller, which for the first time gathers the threads of the complicated international maneuvering that led to the war in Iraq,” directed by Boris B. Bertram. It focuses on the manipulation in the U.S., U.K, and Denmark that led to the war. Copies of the EIR press release about the 9/11-Saudi story, and Will Wertz’ Marshall article were distributed to the gathered press.

Those interviewed include: Lawrence Wilkerson (former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell), Paul Pillar(national Intelligence Officer, CIA), Christopher Meyer (UK Ambassador to the US), Joseph Wilson (former US diplomat in Iraq and Africa), Frank Grevil (former Danish Intelligence Officer), Hans Blix (Head of the UN Weapons Inspectors in Iraq), Katharine Gun(UK Analyst, MI6) and Nader Mousavizadeb (Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annantidl).

The main flaw of the film is that it portrays George Bush, Cheney and the U.S. neo-cons as the initiators of the war drive, with Tony Blair supporting their policy. When the director was questioned after the showing – and was told that EIR has the opposite viewpoint, namely that Blair was the main initiator -- Bertram said that he had done a lot of research about the role of the neo-cons, but that it might also have been the other way around.

Some highlights follow. Regarding Blair: The Texas meeting under four eyes between Bush and Blair was crucial. Afterwards, Blair called for “regime change” for the first time in a speech there. Blair wanted a UN resolution stating that Iraq must allow weapons inspections, as a fig leaf of legality, but he wanted the inspection program to fail so that the war could begin. The film stressed Blair’s manipulation using the lie that Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction (WMD) could reach us in 45 minutes,” which Bush then quoted. The Bush administration also leaked the aluminum tube story to the New York Times, so that they could then cite the article as proof of an Iraqi nuclear weapons program.

Lawrence Wilkerson painfully related how Colin Powell’s infamous UN speech was written. Wilkerson called the evidence“ambiguous,” “circumstantial, with no proof,” and said that he ought to have quit instead. At one point, Powell took Wilkerson aside and said that he didn’t feel comfortable with the al-Qaeda or nuclear weapons sections, and they agreed to take them out. A half-an-hour later, CIA chief Tenant produced “evidence” based on a confession procured under torture, and something regarding the nuclear program, and the sections went back into the speech.

The interweaving testimonies of the first-hand actors exposed the “inexorable drive toward war.” Blix stated, “In war, the truth is the first casualty.” The war party had to find a “smoking gun,” which they didn’t, and a few months more of weapons inspections would have shown that there were no WMD. Wilson told that he decided to break the fraud of the Niger yellow cake story, as a way of trying to stop the drive towards war. Katharine Gun (UK Analyst, MI6) said that she received a cable asking MI6 to eavesdrop on conversations of the other members of the Security Council, for the purpose of pressuring, or blackmailing them into voting for a second UN resolution, which a whistleblower leaked to the press. A Danish lawyer working with the International Court in The Hague explained why the war was illegal under international law.

The Danish angle was also covered, with Denmark playing the role of the loyal ally, and showing PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen lying about the alleged Iraqi nuclear program. Fogh Rasmussen, who was the chairman of the EU at that point, worked actively to get unanimous EU support for the war, despite French reluctance. His reward was to be named NATO general secretary afterwards.

The film will be shown on DR2 on Tuesday at 20:30, and then in others European nations.[mr_]