Paul Lachine

Потерянное десятилетие Ближнего Востока

БЕРЛИН – Соединенные Штаты вели три войны со времен террористического нападения Аль-Каиды 11 сентября 2001 года: против Аль-Каиды, в Афганистане и в Ираке. Первые две были навязаны США, но третья была умышленным, взвешенным решением бывшего президента Джорджа Буша, принятым из идеологических соображений и, скорее всего, по личным причинам тоже.

Если бы Буш, бывший вице-президент Дик Чейни, бывший министр обороны Дональд Рамсфелд и их сторонники неоконсерваторы открыто заявили о своих намерениях – свергнуть в ходе войны Саддама Хуссейна, способствуя образованию нового прозападного Ближнего Востока – они никогда бы не получили поддержку Конгресса и американской общественности. Их взгляды были наивны и опрометчивы.

Итак, угроза – иракское оружие массового поражения – должна была быть создана. Как мы теперь знаем, угроза была основана на лжи (алюминиевые трубы для ядерной программы, например, встречи лидера исполнителей атак 11 сентября, Мухаммеда Атта и иракских официальных лиц в Праге, и даже откровенные фальсификации вроде предполагаемых иракских заказов желтого урана из Нигерии).

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