Well, I don't read any papers and get all my news from the BBC. And am a
socialist. But am perfectly aware that on the broader issue of WOMD Blair
either lied, was very badly advised, or both. The facts of the 'war' only
go to prove this.
*24 hours in a day ... 24 beers in a case ... coincidence? *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW 12
Well what the hell do you call altering the wording of a perfectly good, if
lacking in the required urgency, document is called then ?
The document was changed, FACT.
These alterations were asked for by those in No. 10, Fact.
If you change a documents wording (by adding or removing words, so that it
then reads completely decently it has been altered to meet your needs, FACT.
HMG might not have told a lie, but nor did he tell the truth either.
And the 'Yanks' have started to admit they got it wrong.
So you are saying that Hutton must be lying then?
The fact the document was massaged by downing street is a known fact
that is not open to debate - they published the evidence themselves on
their own web site.
Demonstrating their grasp of all things IT, they released the MS Word
document complete with its (hidden embedded) list of recent editors and
revisions still in it:-
So he was wrong, allow me to demonstrate:-
Much of the government document was plagerised without permission from
an article published in the Middle East Review of International Affairs.
Entitled "Iraq's Security and Intelligence Network: A Guide and
Analysis". It was written by a postgraduate student at the Monterey
Institute of International Studies called Ibrahim al-Marashi. Hence it
is easy to compare the original document and the sexed up version:
Some extracts from the downing street version Vs. the original version:-
"The second type of change in the British dossier is that it replaces
particular words to make the claim sound stronger. So, for example, most
What was the saying? Don't try to teach a pig to sing, because it will
only upset the pig and frustrate you...
Actually I think he now secretly accepts what we have been saying, and
has seen the error of his ways.
It is just pride that prevents him from admitting it.
Still this will be a good test, Here is a nice space you can use to say
"Sorry chaps you were right all along I was talking b*ll*cks as usual!":-
[your bit here IMM - or should that be "Oink!" ]
(it may be however that his pride is now too wounded, and all he will be
able to muster is an attempt at a put down... probably something to do
with the "Vicar of Dibley" a show with humour that he aspires to emulate).
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