This week's revelations that George W. Bush and Tony Blair considered
staging a war provocation by painting a US spy plane in UN colors and flying
it over Iraq, in the hope that Saddam would order it shot down, illustrates
a desperate depth of criminality only rivaled by previous notorious historical
Philippe Sands, a QC and professor of international law at University College,
London, unearthed documents that shadow even the Downing Street memo in terms
of direct and unequivocal confirmation that the war was deliberate and planned
from the very start and that any pretext to garner international support for
it would be considered and utilized.
The US government considered staging an act of provocation that would fool
the world into supporting an unpopular war.
This tactic is by no means new. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, where US warships
were apparently attacked by North Vietnamese PT Boats, an incident that kicked
off US involvement in the Vietnam war, was a staged event that never actually
took place. Declassified LBJ
presidential tapes discuss how to spin the non-event to escalate it as justification
for air strikes and the NSA
faked intelligence data to make it appear as if two US ships had been lost.
Pearl Harbor and the
attack on the USS Liberty
are other historical examples where the same method of staged provocation was
either considered or directly used in an attempt to start a conflict.
Sands (pictured above) appeared on the Alex Jones Show and shed more light on
the documents and their implication for the power structure in London and Washington
Sands called Bush and Blair's place in history a "legacy of criminality"
and stated that when they leave office they will likely face "Pinochet
style proceedings" for their actions.
Despite advice from Blair's advisors and the forecasts of the CIA, the documents
exposed by Sands betray a complete ignorance for the possibility of Iraq turning
into the quagmire that it is today.
Sands indicated to Jones that his contacts deep inside Blair's inner circle
had leaked the original documents. This highlights a substantial degree of division
within the halls of Downing Street and lends hope to the possibility of similar
Sands concluded that the 'White House Meeting Memo' laid bare one simple fact,
that "definitively, they knew there was no evidence and they were reduced
to plotting these types of shenanigans."
Sands pondered the possible personal ramifications of releasing the documents,
noting that the British government had sought to prosecute individuals who had
previously blown the whistle.
"I suppose the possibility can't be excluded that they may come after me
but I suspect they will be concerned about what else is out there and if I were
them I would want to kick the story into touch, get rid of it, and that's not
done by prosecuting people," said Sands.
Sands remained confident that more whistleblowers will come forward and weaken
the power base of an arrogant trans-Atlantic power monopoly already soaked in
blood and attempting to sell more wars based on spin and deception.
"As President Bush's power, as Tony Blair's power begins to fade away,
they're beginning to speak out, they're beginning to release documents, they're
beginning to realize that the tide has turned, that's the big change that has
happened. There's a lot more material that's going to come out and it's not
going to make a pretty picture."