Machiavellian WMD Defector
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, the man who provided a major justification for the U.S. intervention in Iraq, has admitted to fabricating information regarding weapons of mass destruction. The false information was given to German Intelligence and later spread so that, finally, Colin Powell gave a speech in 2003 directly utilizing Janabi’s words to justify a war with Iraq. And, as we know, the U.S. government used this “evidence” to gain support for sending troops into Iraq. According to the media of the time, there was not a doubt in the president Bush’s mind.
Politics aside, why did Janabi lie to German intelligence? According to an interview conducted by the The Guardian, Janabi wanted to topple the government of Iraq. He is proud of his actions and believes that he was instrumental in helping to bring about democracy.
Does this follow Machiavellian principles? Absolutely! Not only did Janabi accomplish his goal to topple Saddam’s regime, he is under asylum in Germany-relatively untouchable. The ends justified the means for Janabi. The means being more than 100,000 lives and a damaging blow to U.S. foreign relations-not to mention prolonged chaos in Iraq.
From the article, there is reason to believe that the intelligence that questioned Janabi was looking for certain information. According to Janabi, he was pressed to give information by threatening to not let his wife join him in Germany (as she was a that time in Spain). Regardless, Janabi maintains that he wanted the regime toppled. Seeing this from the perspective of a chemical engineer, it’s very possible that there was no other way to bring down Saddam’s regime from the inside.