20 October, 2020

Rent A Telescope?

Jha mars a genuine attempt at analysis with second-hand, word-of-web conspiracies.

Rent A Telescope?
When you wake up one morning to find your legs have just been blown off by a piece of expensive artillery, the least you'd expect in return is a clear answer to the question "Why?". But those Iraqis who lost limbs, loved ones and the liberty to walk to the shops without getting caught up in a firefight are still waiting to hear what the point of last year's war was. As Prem Shankar Jha explains in his book, the reason given for invading Iraq was that the country was brimming with weapons of mass destruction. But if the US with all its resources can track down wily old Saddam buried in a hole under a garden shed in the middle of nowhere but not thousands of litres of WMDs, then there's a good chance they don't exist. So why was the war fought? Even the US secretary of state Colin Powell mused last week that "the absence of a stockpile changes the political calculus. It changes the answer you get".

Jha has done his own math and has attempted to provide the much- needed answer. The book's jacket suggests a long-running conspiracy to destroy Iraq by America, masterminded by...



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