Haifa Zangana has a hard-hitting piece in today's Guardian on the responsibility of members of the Labour Party for the Iraq war. She claims the 'entire' Labour Party is to blame: I would excuse honourable MPs like Bob Wareing, Jeremy Corbyn, and John McDonnell who consistently opposed the conflict. But there's one other group of guilty people who Zanagan should really have mentioned: journalists. The role played by pro-war journalists, in
manipulating public opinion in favour of the illegal conflict should never be forgotten. The journalists who faithfully parroted the propaganda of the US/UK governments have blood on their hands. Lots of it. Yet, despite the human catastrophe that their propaganda has caused, the self-same hacks continue to pump out their pro-war, imperialist poison as if nothing has happened. Nick Cohen holds court at the Hay Book Festival, flogging copies of his latest pamphlet. Melanie Phillips writes articles on how Iraqi WMD have been moved to Syria. Stephen Pollard and Daniel Finkelstein try all they can to get public support for a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Niall Ferguson and 'Neo' Con Coughlin indulge in Russian bear-baiting.
Bush and Blair would never have got their war if journalists like Cohen, Phillips, Finkelstein, Pollard, Coughlin, Ferguson et al had not been so eager to parrot the official propaganda. So yes, many members of the Labour Party are to blame for the bloodfest. But so too are the morally bankrupt lap-top bombadiers who willed it on.