By Rixon Stewart
Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq numerous articles appeared in the corporate media speculating about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. Coupled with Tony Blair’s now infamous 45 minutes claim they appeared to imply that “something must be done”.
No matter that the “45 minutes” claim later proved to be utterly groundless. For a while it did the trick and conveniently silenced any opposition to the invasion of Iraq.
Then in the aftermath of the invasion, as Hans Blix and his team searched for the elusive WMD it slowly dawned that there weren’t any. The threat that Saddam’s Iraq posed the world was an empty one; largely created by politicians working in tandem with the corporate media.
Between them they had essentially generated an illusion.
Is the Western public now any wiser to these contrived threats? Have we learned anything from Iraq other than it was an utter waste of lives?
The powers that be obviously don’t seem to think so. For a string of new reports recently appeared echoing those earlier claims; with mention of chemical weapons and Sarin nerve agents.
Only this time the guilty party is not Saddam’s Iraq but Assad’s Syria and Iran.
Thus U.S. officials echoed by the corporate media recently warned that Assad has moved Syria’s chemical weapons out of storage. The implication being that he may be preparing to use them “against civilians”.