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National Disservice

by | 17th, June 2004

‘IN the old days, football hooligans would have found themselves dressed in khaki uniforms and sent out to fight for their country…with a gun.

‘Three World Wars and no World Cups…’

And such is the number of wars Tony Blair is fighting at any one time that the days of National Service could yet return.

But before they do, the Guardian has seen a report into the background to the current campaign in the deserts of Iraq.

The US commission set up in the wake of the September 11 attacks has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda engaged in any sort of “collaborative relationship”.

This is at odds with the thinking of the Bush administration. The paper reminds its readers that, as recently as Monday, US vice-president Dick Cheney was telling his supporters that Saddam “had long-established ties with al-Qaeda”.

The Independent heard the same address, and has also seen a poll commissioned by the Washington Post newspaper in which 69% of Americans believe Saddam was involved in the September 11 attacks.

The result is that, whether the message from the White House is correct or false, the majority of Americans believe the war was just.

But since some Americans still believe George Bush is a good leader and that London is the 51st state of the USA, we should not give the poll too much importance…’



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