TEHRAN, YJC.-- A former member of the British domestic spy agency, MI5, says Iraq “has been wrecked by the western intervention”, stressing the claims of taking democracy to Iraq were “flagrant hypocrisy” from the very onset.
"It’s very ironic that the west
intervened in order to provide democracy, freedom to the Iraqi people
and yet the west intervened in a highly undemocratic and totally illegal
way,” the former spy, Annie Machon, said in an interview with RT.
Ten years after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Machon said
that the illegal intervention led to a "massive destabilization” of the
Middle Eastern country.
"With west intervening in Iraq through an illegal war ten years ago
we’re now seeing a massive destabilization of the old structures and no
real meaningful new structures put in place,” she said.
"[Iraqis have lost] most of the basic infrastructure that kept their
society running I mean just things like proper hospitals, schools and
even just water and sewage and things like that. They have been
decimated and not rebuilt appropriately following the American and
western intervention,” she added.
Machon, who had to escape Britain for blowing the whistle on
criminality within the British intelligence agencies in 1997 and has
been on the run ever since, said that the Iraq war was not meant to
avail the Iraqis, in the first place, just like any other western
intervention in other Middle Eastern countries.
She said in response to the question who will gain from the invasion
of Iraq that all military interventions in the Middle East and the
situation in Syria are moves to rob target countries of their resources
and create lucrative markets for western security firms.
"[An intervention] allows an incursion by security companies and
security forces from the west, which can be a very good business for the
western companies; they provide that security. … instability allows the
resources of that country to flow out of that country, with little
oversight,” Machon said.
She further noted that the war was an illegal move engineered by
former US President George W. Bush and former British PM Tony Blair
under the totally irrelevant excuse of democracy.
"[The Iraq war] was a done deal cooked up between George Bush and
Tony Blair eleven years ago … countries that take an illegal step and an
illegal decision to go to the war in Iraq in an undemocratic way to
then justify it as giving democracy to Iraq. I think it’s flagrant
hypocrisy,” she said.