Jack Straw's pre-war verdict on Iraq
Soon after George W Bush first spoke of striking Iraq, the
UK government began heatedly denouncing Saddam Hussein. But
the most vocal (Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Geoff Hoon) were quiet
about Saddam's atrocities prior to this PR-blitz. All
through the 1990s, the parliamentary protests against Saddam's
crimes were missing a few names, notably Blair, Straw and
In January 2001 (prior to the PR-blitz), Jack Straw rejected
the asylum appeal of a tortured Iraqi, because Straw said
the Iraqi courts would not "convict and sentence"
a person improperly, and that a "fair trial"
could be expected. (Source: ZNet, 29/12/02)
Echoes here of the later revelation (in the famous memo leaked
to the Sunday Times) that Straw was of the opinion
that Iraq presented a no bigger threat than any other country
in the region. Both stories indicate that Straw's public announcements
about Iraq in the lead-up to the March 2003 invasion were
most likely barefaced lies. Media editors and journalists
are presumably aware of this.