Sun Tzu wrote 2500 years ago, “All war is based on deception.” Never were these words so true as during the pre-production of the Iraq invasion. People quite rightly blame the Bush administration, but often forget the bee that was whispering sweet nectar into their ears.
Today, Curveball (real name Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi), the Iraqi source who fabricated the existence of weapons of mass destruction, thus allowing George W. Bush to lie us into the Iraq War, will be making an appearance on the BB2 two-part series “Modern Spies.”
According to the UK’s Independent, al-Janabi smiled as he recounted the lies that launched a war and over 100,000 deaths. Al-Janabi finds his analogue in Trojan Prince Paris, whose actions led directly to the deaths of tens of thousands of Trojans and Greeks. Like Homer’s poetic depiction of the Trojan War in “The Iliad,” al-Janabi spun a piece of grand fiction, but one with real world consequences.
One can argue that Bush only needed a mere pretext to invade and occupy Iraq; and if it wasn’t the deceptive source Curveball, it would have been someone else. The reality, however, is that it was Curveball—a man who knew the Bush administration well enough to understand a fundamental truth about human nature: A single lie can push the predisposed into reckless action.
Despite al-Janabi’s relish in revisiting his lies, one can understand his actions when you consider the Orwellian world under which he lived in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. As the man himself says, “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”
In al-Janabi’s mind, all the collateral damage was ultimately worth it.