Friday, July 08, 2016

Following the Chilcot Report, time for a proper reckoning.

My OpEdge column on Chilcot, and what needs to be done now....

Although Chilcot was not the Establishment cover-up which many feared, it’s also true that it doesn’t tell us much that we didn’t already know.
The long-awaited and much-delayed Chilcot report, provides a damning indictment of the New Labour government of Tony Blair and the lies that were told in the lead-up to the disastrous Iraq war.
The Iraq war was ‘not a last resort’ but in fact a war of choice. 'Peaceful options' were not exhausted.
In 2003, there was "no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein" - contrary to what Blair and the neocons told us. Intelligence had "not established beyond doubt" that Iraq had continued to produce chemical and biological weapons, despite us being told it was a sure thing that Saddam had WMDs.

You can read the whole piece here.


Unknown said...

Powerful piece!! Much more powerful than the report itself that in my view only blew "warm" air!! And I dare venture it has got as worse as it is going get for Tony Blair but at least he has his legacy...and a bulging property portfolio but the cynicism in me says that's the pay off for taking the flak so to speak as there surely must be faceless individuals behind him and whoever else takes the reigns of power?? A great point you made which I've never heard before but became glaringly obvious was we invaded BECAUSE Iraq DIDN'T have WMD's!!! That point in my view needs to be broadcast a little more..And what about gorgeous George Galloway?? I've really enjoyed listening to George the last few days it's been brilliant watching him finally vindicated and all this on top of a fascinating period in politics where I actually feel they are reeling because of the will of the people and it's the Neil Clark's and George Galloway's that are standing our corner articulating for us in admirable point on the BBC's adaptation of swallows and amazons given their record of late all I'll say is people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Neil Clark said...

Many thanks Del, that's much appreciated! Yes- it's glaringly obvious and a kind of Emperor's New Clothes scenario- we invaded Iraq because it didn't have WMDs. So obvious that 'experts' clearly feel frightened of saying it!Instead they try and keep up the pretence that we attacked Iraq because it had WMDS! And then tell us we need our own WMDs as they deter attack!
Prowar establishment clearly reeling at the moment- but we have to make sure Chilcot and the criminal invasion of Iraq is not pushed away to one side again.