El pícaro que Bush usó como fuente para su guerra de Irak

Al Janabi

En la mañana del 11 de septiembre de 2001, al derrumbarse las Torres Gemelas de Nueva York, el destino de Sadam Husein quedó sellado. Aquel brutal atentado era el pretexto ideal para llevar a cabo la invasión y ocupación de Irak con la que soñaban desde hacía años, desde los tiempos del primer Bush, los neocon que gobernaban Washington.

Pero había que inventar un argumentario (build a case, lo llamaron). Incluso los hooligans necesitan dos o tres razones, o supuestas razones, para apoyar un despropósito. Una de las fabricadas en los “laboratorios de ideas” de Washington, las conexiones entre Sadam y Bin Laden, sólo estaba destinada a los seguidores más mostrencos, a aquellos que creen que todos los gatos son pardos. Era sabido universalmente que Sadam y Bin Laden se detestaban y se combatían con la ferocidad de dos gallos de pelea.  Esos grandes maestros de la intoxicación que son los neocon le añadieron, pues, un par de razones más. Una, de escasa credibilidad, era la milonga de que la invasión de Irak iba a llevar la democracia al mundo árabe, desde el Golfo Pérsico al Atlántico magrebí. Una tercera, en cambio, podía engañar a gente deseosa de ser engañada: Sadam fabricaba armas de destrucción masiva con las que pretendía convertir el planeta en un infierno apocalíptico antes de lo que se tarda en contarlo.

El 5 de febrero de 2003, Collin Powell, entonces secretario de Estado norteamericano, hizo el ridículo más espantoso en Naciones Unidas afirmando que quedaba probado que Sadam estaba fabricando armas biológicas. Lo sustentaba en unas fotos borrosas de camiones en mitad de la nada, unos esquemas de algo seudoindustrial que podría haber dibujado cualquier niño y, tatachín, tatachán, las revelaciones de un gran científico iraquí que había desertado a Occidente.

Aquella “fuente” altamente secreta, conocida como Curveball, se llamaba, y se llama, Rafid Al Janabi. En realidad, no era un gran científico y no tenía la menor idea de si Sadam fabricaba o no armas biológicas, químicas y nucleares. Al Janabi era un pícaro iraquí -un pequeño químico que había terminado como taxista tras ser despedido por robo de una empresa- que se había escapado a Alemania y, para reforzar su solicitud de asilo político, se había inventado la historia que los servicios secretos alemanes querían oír (y compartir, alborozados, con sus tutores de Washington).

Con el título de L´incroyable histoire qui a permis la guerre en Irak, Le Nouvel Observateur reconstruye en su última edición cómo Al Janabi llegó a vivir a cuerpo de rey en Alemania -Mercedes incluido- tras largarle al servicio de espionaje germano, el BND, que él había sido el responsable de un plan para fabricar armas biológicas en unos “laboratorios clandestinos móviles”, o sea, a bordo de camiones que nomadeaban por el territorio iraquí. “Enamorado de su fuente”, el BND le creyó a pie juntillas y se lo comunicó a los norteamericanos.

Powell ha reconocido a Le Nouvel Observateur que cuando él hizo en la ONU las afirmaciones que hizo no tenía idea de quién era Curveball. Fiel soldado, interpretó el papelón que arruinó su carrera sin hacer demasiadas preguntas. Por aquel entonces, sin embargo, tanto el BND como la CIA dudaban mucho de la credibilidad de Al Janabi. Un par de interrogatorios en profundidad habían abierto más grietas en su historia que un terremoto de los gordos en la escala Richter. A los capos de Washington –los Rumsfeld y compañía- eso les importó un pepino. El 28 de enero de 2003, en un discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión convertido en arenga guerrera, George W. Bush soltó lo de los “laboratorios móviles”.

Pese a las protestas internacionales, las tropas norteamericanas y sus aliados del Trío de las Azores atacaron Irak el 20 de marzo de 2003. No tardaron en deshacerse de un Ejército en chanclas y con armas soviéticas del año de la Tarasca. “Misión cumplida”, se jactó Bush en el show del portaaviones. Tontería monumental: lo peor estaba por venir.

En febrero de 2011, Rafid Al Janabi, que sigue viviendo en Alemania, concedió una entrevista al diario británico The Guardian. Reconoció sus mentiras. “Tuve la suerte”, dijo, “de haber inventado algo que hizo caer a Sadam”.

Hollywood ya ha hecho unas cuantas películas interesantes sobre la guerra de Irak, sobre las mentiras que pretendieron justificarla y sobre la pesadilla desastrosa en que se convirtió: 100.000 civiles iraquíes y 4.400 soldados norteamericanos muertos, un país arrasado y desmembrado, una oportunidad de oro para Al Qaeda, una tremenda pérdida de popularidad internacional para Estados Unidos.

Dirigida por Doug Liman y protagonizada por Naomi Watts y Sean Penn, una de ellas, Fair Game (Caza a la espía), narra la historia real de cómo los gobernantes neocon de Washington orquestaron una campaña para desacreditar a Valerie Plame, la agente de la CIA cuyo marido, el diplomático Joseph Wilson, demostró que era imposible que Irak se hubiera abastecido de uranio enriquecido de Níger. Eso le arrebataba a Bush otro de sus falsos pretextos.

Green Zone (Distrito protegido), dirigida por Paul Greengrass e interpretada por Matt Damon, cuenta las peripecias de una unidad de soldados norteamericanos encargados de encontrar las armas de destrucción masiva en el Irak ya ocupado por las tropas de las barras y estrellas. Por supuesto, no las encuentran. No las había, nunca las hubo. Sadam, sin duda, soñó con producirlas, pero abandonó la idea tras su derrota en Kuwait en 1991 y los posteriores años de sanciones internaciones e inspecciones de la ONU.

Hace ya una década, cuando fue atacado, Sadam seguía siendo un tirano cruel y sanguinario para su pueblo, pero no una amenaza ni regional ni internacional. Y ni mucho menos, el principal problema de la humanidad.

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