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Here’s a quick history lesson: Iraq were a threat once, in 1987, fighting Kurdish rebels in the North with mustard gas they bought from, err, America and Britain. By 1991 though it was all over. The news told us all in 2003 that cruel dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction hiding in Iraq and must be stopped, this idea somehow neatly tucked into the back of a rampaging spirit of vengeance after 9/11 and a desire to get the Middle East where it hurt. However Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with Al Qaeda or the Taliban and the problems that were crippling the country could all be laid at America’s door. We’ve already seen in this book how moved Neil was by The Gulf War in 1991. What was often portrayed on the news as a ‘right and just’ war was secretly for oil and involved the bombing not of Iraq’s military but their power supplies; in all eighteen of their twenty power plants were blown up and then probably only because two missiles missed. Far from removing a dictator, the chaos helped to keep Hussein in power, worsened by endless sanctions (including, most devastatingly, chemicals that treated water supplies) which punished a people who had never asked for war with America (it would be like refusing to send supplies to America because not that many of them voted for Trump). Nine full years of bombing continued between 1991 and 2000, almost all of it not shown on the news after America learnt its lessons about public reaction. In the meantime the press kept exaggerating the dangers, of how Iraq were ready to be another deadly terrorist attack, but it was all a lie: weapons inspector David Kelly couldn’t find any weapons of mass destruction as promised and was found mysteriously dead from an alleged ‘suicide’ in woods near his home before he could make his report. Drugs were found in his system, apparently before he had slashed his wrists in a manner that made them look awfully as if someone had done that for him. The report of mass weapons was later revealed to have been part of a university dissertation proposing without proof the idea that one day Iraq might build up such weapons despite strong sanctions against chemical components – part of which made it, unchecked, into the official dossier. That major immediate danger we were told so much about? Iraq had an army, but it wasn’t a very big one, she didn’t have a navy, she didn’t have chemical weapon plants and she didn’t even have an airforce. They were about as threatening to America as Cornwall. Less so, given that the locals could have made quite an impact with their Cornish pasties. It was all a lie. Neil was not happy. But still some people preferred to trust the Government that had once hidden Watergate from sight over Neil Young who had once brought the massacre of students at Kent State University to the national consciousness.