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Well researched and essential reading, but with an illogical conclusion,
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This review is from: The Strange Death of David Kelly (Paperback)
Norman Baker has thoroughly investigated Kelly's death and lays out all the evidence from ambulance crew members and other witnesses, friends and colleagues of David Kelly that suggests his death may well not have been suicide.
He also highlights the fact that Kelly, a world class expert on biological weapons, despite being a supporter of war on Iraq, had severely embarrased the Bush administration and Blair government by dismissing their '45 minute' claim and the supposed Iraqi 'bio-weapons trailers' which Kelly and all other weapons experts concluded were nothing of the kind.
Whats more Kelly had briefed journalists from the BBC and the Observer on both these issues.
Despite all this Baker chooses to conclude that Iraqi agents murdered Kelly and that the British government conducted a cover-up in case this would make the public angry at them. This is more than a bit ludicrous since if Saddam's people had killed Kelly it would have supported rather than undermined Blair and Bush's position - and since it was Blair and Bush, not Saddam, who had lost face due to Kelly's revelations.
The obvious conclusion is that Kelly was murdered by British and/or American intelligence on behalf of their governments - the people who actually had a motive to end Kelly's annoyingly honest and accurate assessments of Iraq's lack of any major WMD capabilities. This also helped to scare other experts in the field into silence such as one of Kelly's German colleagues quoted by Baker as saying she would be in trouble if she commented on his death and didnt want to end up like Kelly.
If Baker is too scared to come to this conclusion i wouldnt blame him - and all the evidence of the reality is there in his book in full. If he really believes it then his theory is unlikely to say the least.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2008 01:56:49 GMT
Mr. Duncan Macfarlane says:
I should have read right to the end of the book before writing a review. Baker's theory is that Iraqi exiles - possibly from the Iraqi National Congress or INA who were pushing the WMD stories on Iraq were responsible. This seems possible as they'd have both motive and opportunity to kill Kelly - though it seems unlikely they could have succeeded in the UK without British or American intelligence either aiding them or else looking the other way - and both would have at least as much motive and more opportunity than any Iraqi exile.
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