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A Curveball Hits Home: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's Dirty Secret, WMD and IraqTim King Salem-News.com
Defector admits to lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction that triggered the Iraq war.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The Iraqi defector who caused the White House to believe that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme, has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story.
Reporters with the Guardian revealed how Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials, never expected the resulting war on Iraq... he watched in shock as his words were used to justify the war. He told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.
"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said.
"They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
But as we have revealed before, the Iraq of today is a shattered, broken nation where hundreds of thousands; possibly up to 1.5 million people, have been killed by the US led military coalition.
The United States divided Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods and carried little regard for the fairly large population of Christians in Iraq. Everyone there had their lives turned upside down by a terrible, brutal war that drew allies from all over the world; people who would normally have been home raising families or going to school or working.
We're talking about the endless lines of men who have gone to the Mideast to help rid the area of the deadly western presence. When I think of my time covering the two current wars I see massive destruction, sick people and mostly children, living their lives out among the difficulties brought about by a US occupation.
The worst part of it all is the American ego; this is a nation like many others, where people are taught to believe that everything they do is right, when it is truly seldom right, at least in recent US history. The result can be terrible treatment of Iraqi and Afghan people.
The Curveball admission arrives on the heels of the 8th anniversary of Colin Powell's speech to the United Nations the Guardian explains, in which the then-US secretary of state relied heavily on lies that Janabi had told the German secret service, the BND. It also follows the release of former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's memoirs, in which he admitted Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction programme.
Both saw their careers seriously damaged by their use of Janabi's claims; this was to be followed by the reputation of the United States which changed it role of national liberator into one of hostile invader. Such a reputation Americans have learned, is not easy to shake.
Now with the final admission once and for all that the US public was completely duped into believing the WMD story, it seems there is little revelation for the Bush Administration, which could not have possibly believed the weak, unverified story to be true.
It backs years of claims that Bush and Cheney were acting out a plan developed years before by the The Project for the New American Century; the think tank that decided it would take a Pear Harbor-like event to put America back on track. Then came the attacks on 11 September 2011. Surely this verification will only empower the growing suspicions that the US government was directly involved in the attacks, with the help of a few willing participants from US ally Saudi Arabia.
Perhaps one of the mot jagged parts of this is al-Janabi's statement that his claims could have been – and were – discredited well before Powell's landmark speech to the UN on 5 February 2003.
"Fascinating" is the word used by Tyler Drumheller- who served in the past as CIA chief in Europe. The former official said Janabi's admission and the emergence of the truth "makes me feel better".
"I think there are still a number of people who still thought there was something in that. Even now," said Drumheller.
From the Guardian: 
Almost ten bloody years later, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi says he is comfortable with what he did, now that the US is finally leaving Iraq. He references a civilian death toll of 100,000 that is so insulting to humanitarians that there are no words for it. The number is higher, and the US relies on the fact that it incinerated people's bodies and records at the same time during its attacks on the humanity of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.
Over three years ago, the World Health Organization indicated with a 95 percent degree of statistical certainty that between 104,000 and 223,000 civilians had died. One or two hundred thousand? Isn't that all anyone needs to know to appreciate that they are being provided more false information? I actually think the WHO information was accurate to the best of their findings, but what they truly reveal is that any estimate has a more than likely chance of being easily twice what any group claims.
A Website with the name 'Iraq Body Count' places the number at or just above 100k, yet it also appears to be pro war by it artwork and crude slogan.
They state: Iraq Body Count is an ongoing human security project which maintains and updates the world’s largest public database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 invasion. The count encompasses non-combatants killed by military or paramilitary action and the breakdown in civil security following the invasion.
It is interesting that the group sports the low number with no regard for other established statistics. Wikipedia has a range of sources and numbers listed on their page Casualties of the Iraq War .
In October 2006, the Washington Post Staff Writer David Brown wrote in his article Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000, A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
It's like we've entered a giant information snowstorm in 2011 with the US and its minions trying their darnedest to significantly reduce the numbers. And there is little reason to have faith in US determinations of 'combatant' and 'non-combatant' because there is zero accountability in the system.
I had the misfortune of boarding a helicopter one night at the Marine base in Fallujah that was transporting 'detainees' to three different points in Iraq. I witnessed horrible abuse of these Iraqi men that the US and its friends in the Iraqi Army deemed 'terrorists'. Absolutely anyone that the US believes needs to be deemed a combatant becomes one, as Wikileaks has shown us in recent months. The men who fight for the US military are conditioned to hate the people in the places they are deployed to. The loyalty is strictly to the US at all times and never to the Iraqi people.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi said, "I tell you something when I hear anybody – not just in Iraq but in any war – [is] killed, I am very sad. But give me another solution. Can you give me another solution?"
"Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities."
For the civilians killed, mutilated, orphaned, permanently traumatized; and all of the American and British and coalition military killed and maimed; whose families were permanently ruined; traumatized beyond belief, all of them... it is not necessarily a good answer.
 'Iraq Body Count'
Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer
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