July 17, 2004

Four More Wars. The upcoming final report by the 9/11 Commission will contain new evidence of contacts between al-Qaeda and Iran. According to a senior US official, "the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 14 "muscle" hijackers -- that is, those involved in gaining control of the four 9/11 aircraft and subduing the crew and passengers -- passed through Iran in the period from October 2000 to February 2001." ... Of course, the hijackers also "passed through" more than a dozen states here in America and spent most of their time in Florida.

And look -- right on schedule -- there is noise in today's UK Times about "the US [mounting] a concerted attempt to overturn the regime in Iran if President Bush is elected for a second term. It would work strenuously to foment a revolt against the ruling theocracy by Iran’s 'hugely dissatisfied' population." [Psst, to read story: username "googles21" - password "googles"]

In November and December 2003, Tony Blair claimed that "the remains of 400,000 people [had been found] in [Iraqi] mass graves." That information was used in one of the invasion's justifications-du-jour and was cited in the US's report, "Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves produced by USAID." But guess what? ... It was a lie. ... The actual figure of 5,000 bodies is horrific, but the Pentagon has admitted (as reported in Bob Woodward's latest book) the US killed at least 30,000 Iraqis in the first few weeks of the invasion alone.

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