Okay let me clarify a few things first about my position on Iraq etc.
1. I was opposed to the war in Iraq
2. I believe the International Community now have a role in ensuring Iraq does not become a Failed State
okay on with the post. I found this on Speigel Online via Toytown
How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq
By Erich Follath, John Goetz, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark
Five years ago, the US government presented what it said was proof that Iraq harbored biological weapons. The information came from a source developed by German intelligence — and it turned out to be disastrously wrong. But to this day, Germany denies any responsibility.
Ah we all remember this now dont we? Well it turns out the source is here in Germany (down south from me) and is still being protected by the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst – German Intelligence agency). Now personally I don’t think this is much of issue if Germany had supported the was, it would just be egg on their face, but NOW they just look hypocritical and that is far worse.
Gerard Schröder, along with Chirac in Paris and Putin in Moscow vehemtly opposed the war in Iraq, but why did the German Chancellor, who’s office is responsible for the BND allow them to give this ‘eveidence’ to the US. Surely it should have been surpressed given his stance on Iraq.
Schröder knew about the information along with the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Joschka Fischer, and Minister for Defence, Peter Struck. (The current Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the head of the BND, Ernst Uhrlau, also held important poistions under Schröder). If “Serious doubts were expressed” why was not the evidence given a health warning?
Rafed aka Curveball, as he has become known, is still living under BND protection. Despite the fact that he lied to them. He conned the German State, and then the Germans helped Con the US into going into Iraq which Germany OPPOSED!
I think this saga has provided a wakeup call to the intelligence community and more information is needed for states to go to war. Funnily enough this wake-up call hasnt arrived yet in Germany, then again, German soldiers arent under attack in Afghanistan, German public opinion is still against the war, most German people dont know that their government provided the information for the US to invade Iraq. Spiegel might help change that.