Iraq : Propaganda and Reality

'It literally is a struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil and we should be proud of the work our forces are doing there' Tony Blair on Iraq - Prime Minister's Questions - 3rd March 2003 New 24 3rd March 2003 12pm GMT

“As all of us know, the occupation has destroyed everything in Iraqi society, unleashed the sectarian and nationalist gangs to slaughter and jeopardize peoples’ safety.” - Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions statement November 2006

"The truth is an offense, but not a sin"Bob Marley 'Jah Live'

Mousa family 

Photo - Iraqi waiter Baha Mousa and his family before his death under torture by coalition troops


This is an introduction to a series of linked articles on the Iraq war and the wider war on terror. It outlines the arguments of supporters of keeping troops in Iraq and replies to criticisms of the anti-war movement and human rights organisations by critics such as Nick Cohen and other Euston manifesto signatories as well as the formidable former MP Harry Barnes and Labour Friends of Iraq - not to mention the Blair government and Bush administration ; on the disputes over which trade unions in Iraq represent Iraqis better; and finally whether Iran poses a threat to Israel and the rest of the world – and how we should react to Iran’s nuclear programme.

Are the ‘stay till the job’s done’ people right that British and American troops are in Iraq to bring democracy and human rights? And is their presence in Iraq strengthening or weaken the extremists? What's causing the sectarian conflict in Iraq? Are our troops protecting Iraqi civilians and democrats? ; and is their presence improving or damaging the prospects for democracy in Iraq? Is the cause our troops are fighting in a realistic one? Can continuing the war secure democracy and make sending more troops to kill and be killed justifiable? Those are some of the questions covered.

Footnotes to sources are included - usually with an internet link, but sometimes citing books. Clicking on a footnote number in the text will take you to the footnote at the bottom of the page - click its number to get back to the point you were at in the article.