A political storm is brewing in Britain over the investigation into the circumstances leading up to the Iraq war. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is under attack for asking current Prime Minister Gordon Brown to make sure the investigation is done behind closed doors, while Brown is under attack for doing so. Blair, according to today's London Observer, feared having to testify under oath and in public about his manipulation of intelligence and his dealings with President George W. Bush. The paper cited a secret memo, dated Jan. 31, 2003, describing a meeting between Blair and Bush, in which the pair, knowing that the "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) claim was false, discussed launching provocations to provide a new excuse to launch the desired attack. Brown, the paper reported, is under tremendous pressure to reverse his decision, and open up the hearings to the public. Parliament will force him to do so, if necessary, the paper said.
What was not mentioned in the coverage, "the key question," said Lyndon LaRouche, "is the death of Dr. David Kelly," the British weapons expert whose alleged suicide in July 2003, is widely suspected to be a murder at the hands of the British authorities. It was Kelly who revealed to the BBC, that the Blair government had "sexed up" its dossier on Iraqi WMD as a pretense for launching the war. Shortly thereafter, Kelly was found dead in the woods, and his death was officially ruled a suicide.
"The proper charge against Bush and Cheney is actions tantamount to treason," LaRouche stated earlier this year. "They got the United States into a war on the basis of lies, lies that were, for the most part, manufactured in Britain, by those at 10 Downing Street, in the office of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Dr. David Kelly's death remains one of the key matters that must be pursued, in the context of any appropriate prosecutions of Bush, Cheney, and Blair."