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Meacher sparks fury over claims on September 11 and Iraq war,12956,1036591,00.html

Fury over Meacher claims

Ewen MacAskill, diplomatic editor
Saturday September 6, 2003
The Guardian

Michael Meacher, who served as a minister for six years until three months
ago, today goes further than any other mainstream British politician in
blaming the Iraq war on a US desire for domination of the Gulf and the

Mr Meacher, a leftwinger who is close to the green lobby, also claims in an
article in today's Guardian that the war on terrorism is a smokescreen and
that the US knew in advance about the September 11 attack on New York but,
for strategic reasons, chose not to act on the warnings.

He says the US goal is "world hegemony, built around securing by force
command over the oil supplies" and that this Pax Americana "provides a much
better explanation of what actually happened before, during and after 9/11
than the global war on terrorism thesis".

Mr Meacher adds that the US has made "no serious attempt" to catch the
al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden.

He also criticises the British government, claiming it is motivated, as is
the US, by a desire for oil.

The US government last night expressed abhorrence at Mr Meacher's views. An
embassy spokesman in London said: "Mr Meacher's fantastic allegations -
especially his assertion that the US government knowingly stood by while
terrorists killed some 3,000 innocents in New York, Pennsylvania and
Virginia - would be monstrous, and monstrously offensive, if they came from
someone serious or credible.

"My nation remains grateful for the steadfast friendship of the British
people and Her Majesty's government as we face, together, the serious
challenges that have arisen since September 11 2001."

Downing Street also distanced itself from the views of an MP who only a few
months ago was in the government. "The prime minister has responded to those
who argue it was about oil," a spokeswoman said, adding that oil profits
from Iraq are to be fed back into the country's development.

Former ministers such as Robin Cook and Clare Short have criticised the
British government for misleading the public over the reasons for going to
war. But Mr Meacher has gone much further in his analysis of US and British

He says that the plans of the neo-conservatives in Washington for action
against Afghanistan and Iraq were well in hand before September 11. He
questions why the US failed to heed intelligence about al-Qaida operatives
in the US and the apparent slow reaction of the US authorities on the day,
as well as the subsequent inability to lay hands on Bin Laden.

He argues that the explanation makes sense when seen against the background
of the neo-conservative plan.

"From this it seems that the so-called 'war on terrorism' is being used
largely as bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical

He adds: "Given this, it is not surprising that some have seen the US
failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for
attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in

Mr Meacher, who was environment minister, says: "The overriding motivation
for this political smokescreen is that the US and the UK are beginning to
run out of secure hydrocarbon energy supplies."

He is critical of Britain for allegedly colluding in propagating the myth of
a global war of terrorism. He asks: "Is collusion in this myth and junior
participation in this project really a proper aspiration for British foreign

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