Iraq’s WMD Liar: 100,000 Dead and No Remorse

BBC doc confirms U.S. fictionalized defector’s deception to wage war.

Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi admits on television to lying about biological weapons of mass destruction.
Liar, liar; Iraq's on fire. (Photo: Screen Grab)
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Biographical narrative, it turns out, is no stranger than fact.

Modern Spies, a BBC documentary television series, confirms that eight years of war and 100,000 human deaths were triggered by a collusion of lies by Iraqi opportunists and the American spymasters who love them—two primary contentions of Participant Media’s 2010 contemporary spy thriller Fair Game.

Every single one of those deathly chemicals was conjured out of one Iraqi defector’s lies.

Fair Game dramatized CIA officer Valerie Plame’s contention that the U.S. spy agency crafted suspect data to give the false impression that Iraq had stockpiled world-threatening quantities of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Fair Game further depicted this data being fictionalized by factions within the Bush administration to justify wreaking havoc and destruction upon Iraq.

Among the warmongers’ most alarming phantom WMDs were a Satan’s dozen of lethal chemical agents. Every single one of those deathly chemicals was conjured out of one Iraqi defector’s lies.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, CIA code-named Curveball, slithered out of Iraq in 1999 and claimed he had worked as a chemical engineer manufacturing mobile biological-weapon laboratories. This assertion, Alwan al-Janabi admits calmly and seemingly without remorse in Modern Spies, had no basis fact.

The BBC documentary further traces the evolution of this massively destructive WMD lie to Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff when the general presented al-Janabi’s fabrications to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003, justifying the invasion of Iraq.

From the U.K.’s Independent:

US officials “sexed up” Mr. al-Janabi’s drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell’s former chief of staff. “I brought the White House team in to do the graphics,” he says, adding how “intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy.”

Emphasis added, hoping to illustrate that sometimes the most destructive war crimes are committed before the fighting even breaks out.

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