BAE: Key To Understanding Britain's Role in Orchestrating Three Gulf Wars
June 19, 2007 (LPAC)--As one of the largest arms sales in history to the Middle East, the BAE deal is key to understanding Her Majesty the Queen's direct role in orchestrating the three Gulf wars of the last three decades, including the 1980-89 Iraq-Iran war, the 1991 Gulf War and the current Iraq war. It is also key to understanding the British role in the proposed war against Iran.
The object of these wars has been to destroy the two most important countries in the region, Iran and Iraq, as a key to resurrecting the global British Empire. This was best expressed by a retired British Military officer, who served as Her Majesty's military attache in Iraq in the 1980s. When the Gulf War began in 1991, he told this news service: "My dear sir, you have to understand this is how we built the British `Empah'. We had two powerful countries we wanted to destroy, in this case Iran and Iraq. We got them into a war and sold weapons to both sides. Just at the appropriate point we dried up on one and let the other beat him. Then we only had one country to destroy." This referred to the tilt towards Iraq in 1988, which led to the defeat of Iran. Three years later Iraq was manipulated into the war against Kuwait, only to be destroyed in the Gulf War.
The LPAC story, "The Queen's Connections to the BAE Scandal" touched on the direct role of Her Majesty's Crown Agents in the original BAE deal. The groundwork for this was laid by Sir John Cuckney, now Lord Cuckney of Millbank, who in the 1970s was Chairman of Crown Agents and Director of Millbank Technical Services, which, in 1978 was transferred to the Defense Ministry and renamed International Military Systems Ltd (IMS). Cuckney served as chairman of IMS until 1985. It was his replacement, Sir Colin Chandler, a BAE executive seconded to the Defense Ministry, who in 1985 negotiated the BAE deal.
In organizing IMS, Cuckney laid the basis for the massive arms and munitions sales to both Iran and Iraq during the first gulf war, the Iran-Iraq war. At the same time, Cuckney served as Director of the British Midland Bank between 1978 and 1988, where he founded and headed its Midland International Trade Services, the bank division expressly organized to sell the tools of war to both Iran and Iraq. Through these institutions Britain organized a European-wide network to sell arms and munitions to both Iran and Iraq in violation of the United Nations' sanctions against arms sales to both countries.
IMS, which was headed by Sir Colin Chandler between 1985 and 1989, was the key facilitator in this trade in weapons to Iran and Iraq. IMS had offices in both Iran and Iraq as well as in Saudi Arabia throughout the duration of the war. At stated above, Chandler was simultaneously a BAE executive and organizer of the BAE-Saudi deal.
The second Gulf War was initiated only after British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher convinced President George Bush Sr. to "liberate" the Kingdom of Kuwait, which was considered nothing more then a British satrapy. It was Thatcher's advisors, such as Lord Cuckney, who organized the BAE deal only a few years before. It was then her successor Tony Blair, the Labor Party "Thatcherite," who marched into Iraq with the British stooge Vice President Dick Cheney.