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‘He lied’: Iraqis still accuse Powell of playing role in Iraq war
For many Iraqis, Colin Powell’s name conjures up an image: the man who, as US Secretary of State, appeared before the UN Security Council in 2003 to advocate for war against their country.
News of his death on Monday at the age of 84 sparks feelings of anger in Iraq at the former general and diplomat, one of several Bush administration officials they hold responsible for an invasion US-led disastrous disaster that has led to decades of death, chaos and violence. in Iraq.
His testimony at the UN was a key part of what they say has come at a high cost to Iraqis and others in the Middle East.
“He lied, lied and lied,” says Maryam, a 51-year-old Iraqi writer and mother of two in northern Iraq who speaks on condition that her last name is not used as one of her children studying in the United States. .
“He lied, and we are the ones who got stuck in endless wars,” she adds.
As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell oversaw the Persian Gulf War to overthrow the Iraqi military in 1991, after Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.
But Iraqis remember Powell more for his presentation to the UN justifying the invasion of their country more than a decade later by presenting Saddam as a major global threat who possessed weapons of mass destruction, even displaying a vial of what he said could have been a biological weapon. Powell had called Iraq’s claims that it did not have such weapons a “web of lies.” However, no ADM was ever found and the speech was later derided as a low point in his career.
âI am saddened by the death of Colin Powell without having been tried for his crimes in Iraqâ¦. But I’m sure God’s court will be waiting for him, âtweeted Muntadher al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist who expressed his outrage against the United States by throwing his shoes on President George W. Bush at a conference. press release in 2008 in Baghdad.