Five years ago today, a great crime was committed. The 21st Century is less than a decade old, but I'd be surprised if a greater crime will ever be committed in the next 90 years.
"Given that the invasion of Iraq was regarded as illegal by the majority of the UN security council, its secretary general, and the overwhelming weight of international legal opinion, it must by the same token be seen as a war crime: what the Nuremberg tribunal deemed the "supreme international crime" of aggression",says Seumas Milne, in today's Guardian.
The illegal invasion of Iraq has led to the deaths of over 1m people, and created over 4m refugees. It has made not only Iraq, but many other countries in the world, far more dangerous places. Yet despite the death and destruction they have caused, those responsible for this most deceitful of wars remain free, and still stalk the corridors of power. Worse still, they are now doing all they can to propagandise for another illegal attack, this time on Iran.
As I've said before, we will not have peace until the neocons and their 'liberal interventionist' allies are properly held to account for the 'supreme international crime' they committed in March 2003.
The lesson for the West of the last five years, as Correlli Barnett states in today's Daily Mail ,is a simple one.