IRAQ: WAR, LIES AND VIDEO
Director(s): François BRINGER – Writer(s): François BRINGER Contact Print page
On March 19, 2003, America invaded Iraq. It was a war that would cause tens of thousands of deaths, would exacerbate regional rivalry and tarnish the prestige of the last remaining superpower.
Ten years after the start of this war, we went back to investigate the events and the manipulation that made it possible for America to declare war.
The British government of Prime Minister Tony Blair learned that military action against Iraq was in preparation only months after 9/11. In a recently declassified document from December 2001, Blair accepts that the invasion is a 'fait accompli'. Justification, the document points out, could be constructed around weapons of mass destruction, though it would be “'threadbare'”. Saying no to America was never considered an option…
Today, the world is better-informed about the details of the formidable machinations of the U.S. administration to politically, legally and morally legitimise a war that - without this window-dressing - increasingly appears to have been a war of aggression.
From the Valerie Plame affair to the doctored photos shown by Colin Powell at the United Nations, there are numerous elements indicating that a conspiracy was organised in a deliberate and organised manner by the principal players in the Bush administration.
This film attempts to present a complete and coherent account of events with a view to questioning the legal responsibility of the perpetrators of such a conspiracy.
With the perspective of ‘historical distance’, it is finally possible to retrace the course of the neo-conservative strategy (in both legal and propaganda contexts) adopted by the Bush administration, and to demonstrate the connections with the ensuing economic and political repercussions.