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May 19, 2024 4:29 pm

The road to war: An ex-Reuters journalist recalls the chase for WMD in Iraq

As the world looks back on the Iraq War, an ex-Reuters journalist has shared his experiences of the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the lead-up to the conflict.

In an interview with Reuters, former journalist David Fox spoke about his time covering the story from 2002 to 2003. He recalled how the focus on WMDs was central to the narrative at the time, with many journalists and politicians convinced that Saddam Hussein’s regime possessed such weapons.

Fox recounted how he and other journalists chased down leads and sources, trying to uncover evidence of WMDs in Iraq. He described the pressure they faced to find a story that would prove the existence of WMDs and justify military action against Iraq.

But as the months went by, and the search for WMDs continued, it became clear that the evidence was thin. Fox spoke of the frustration and disillusionment he and his colleagues felt as they failed to find any concrete proof of Iraq’s possession of such weapons.

In 2003, the U.S. and its allies launched a military invasion of Iraq, citing the need to remove the threat of WMDs. But after the conflict, no evidence of such weapons was found, and the justification for the war came under intense scrutiny.

Fox’s account sheds light on the intense pressure that journalists and policymakers faced during this time. It also highlights the dangers of relying on incomplete or misleading intelligence in making decisions about war and national security.

As the world continues to grapple with the legacy of the Iraq War, Fox’s recollections serve as a powerful reminder of the need for critical thinking and rigorous scrutiny of the evidence before taking action that can have far-reaching consequences.

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