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 Monday, August 09, 2004

  Australia: Former Military Chiefs Condemn John Howard for Dishonesty on the Iraq War

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  • A damning statement by 43 senior officials showed the Australian Prime Minister "can barely lie straight in bed", Opposition Leader Mark Latham said today. Mr Latham said the statement showed the government was not fit for office. Read here for more
  • Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and top U.S. military officials visited Najaf yesterday in a bid to end the Shiite insurrection, but their failed and they had to be hustled out of town amid renewed attacks by followers of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.Read here for more
  • Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad Chalabi, a former governing council member, on counterfeiting charges and another for Salem Chalabi, the head of Iraq's special tribunal, on murder charges, Iraq's chief investigating judge said Sunday. "They should be arrested and then questioned and then we will evaluate the evidence, and then if there is enough evidence, they will be sent to trial," said Judge Zuhair al-Maliky. Read here fore more
  • Former deputy Mossad director, Shmuel Toledano, launched a harsh verbal attack on Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday, saying that the IDF under his leadership had lost its morality and military ethics. During the lecture, Toledano turned to the Chief of Staff and said: "There is a feeling among the public that the IDF under your command has entirely lost the sacred value of military ethics following the death and destruction the IDF is spreading at checkpoints". Toledano left the hall following participants' protests and resigned from the council. Read here for more
  • The number of Israeli casualties since the start of the intifada, including both deaths and injuries, exceeds the total number of casualties due to terror attacks during the previous 53 years, Shin Bet security service chief Avi Dichter told the cabinet yesterday. Read here for more

  • Forty-three former defence chiefs and diplomats have signed a statement calling for more honesty in government and saying Australia joined the war on Iraq on the basis of false assumptions and deceptions. The signatories believed Australia needed to balance its relationship with the US with its relationships with other countries and the United Nations.
    "We've come along almost willy nilly following decisions which are taken in Washington," retired defence chief General Peter Gration said. "And I believe without question the prestige of the United States has fallen, fallen quite alarmingly and as we're following along almost as an unquestioning coalition partner this inevitably rubs off on Australia." Read here for more

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