[war, politics, law]
“Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq,” the Iraqi defector known as “Curveball” told The Guardian. “There were no other possibilities.”
This sort of statement – made by lots of supporters of the Iraq invasion – was obviously false then, given how there had been popular uprisings before, and certainly seems ridiculous now after the recent events in Egypt. THE REAL ISSUE, though, is that German intelligence warned US officials that this guy was a liar — but US officials WANTED to invade Iraq as much if not more than this guy ever did.
Had US officials had the appropriate attitude, which is to avoid war unless it is a last resort, they would have applied more skepticism to the claims of Curveball and others.
Here’s a book chapter I wrote on how the UN Security Council could be reformed to help prevent or at least limit war. I show as a counterfactual how the process I suggest would have helped expose the weakness of the US claims that an invasion of Iraq was warranted.
Hey UN, you can still adopt this process (and here’s another piece on this topic )…