Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Blair is currently being decimated thank goodness after the much delayed report by the Chilcot Inguiry into the Iraq war has finally been released
.The UK went to war in Iraq before all peaceful options for disarming Saddam Hussein were exhausted, the long-awaited official report has concluded.The invasion was not the "last resort" presented to MPs and the British public, chair Sir John Chilcot said.The 2003 invasion was based on "flawed intelligence and assessments" that "were not challenged", it argues.
Tony Blair underestimated the impact it would have on Iraq and the wider region despite "explicit warnings", it adds. It seems in no doubt that yes Tony Blair was and remains a war criminal at large and needs to be bought to justice for all his victims, for us now to truly move forwards. He and and all that were compliant with him need to be held accountable and tried for their crimes for all the horror and pain that they wrought, an enduring painful legacy that many still suffer the impact from many years on.
Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said: "It's a tragedy that politicians and their advisers failed to properly assess the human rights consequences of such a massive military operation, including the horrible sectarian violence it helped unleash, and it's also a tragedy that the horrors of Abu Ghraib and cases like Baha Mousa all followed."Hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq, during the invasion and its extended aftermath, including UK service personnel. It's therefore vital that lessons are learnt after Sir John Chilcot has so comprehensively pointed towards what some of those are."One way of showing that the Government has tried to learn lessons from Iraq would be for it to ensure that all credible allegations of unlawful killing, torture and unauthorised detention at the hands of the UK armed forces in Iraq are properly investigated."Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Chilcot confirms what millions of us knew in 2003 - the case for war had not been made. It was an unnecessary conflict, launched on the basis of flawed intelligence, secret diplomacy and with no sound legal basis."It has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and made both the Middle East and the wider world less secure."Today our thoughts must be with those who lost loved ones, and with the people now living in the wretched insecurity that followed this war, but it is long past time that those responsible were held to account."
By the most scientifically respected measures available, the war killed 1.4 million Iraqis, saw 4.2 million injured, and 4.5 million people have become refugees. The 1.4 million dead were 5% of the population. The invasion included 29,200 air strikes. An Iraqi who helped topple a statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003 echoed majority Iraqi opinion this week when he said he'd rather have Hussein back than continue with the catastrophe that the U.S.-led war created. The U.S. and its allies targeted civilians, journalists, hospitals and ambulances. They used cluster bomds, white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm in urban areas. Birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality have soared. Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, and electricity supplies were devastated, and not repaired. .
It seems that the many millions like me who demonstrated and marched for peace were right and we have been vindicated in ways that we have always dreamed off. It seems that Blair with his colluders have been found guilty as charge.Our patience and persistence seems to have borne fruit.
This post dedicated to Reg Keys and Rose Gentle and all others who never gave up their pursuit of justice and campaigned tirelessly to prove the war was illegal and to all those who suffered and were killed because of Blair's lies. No apology will be enough from his hollow breath at this moment in time for the pain he clearly caused to the bereaved families that he continually chose not to listen to.
Never again must so many mistakes be allowed to sacrifice British lives and lead to the destruction of a country for no positive end.
Blair will probably be getting the oxygen of publicity today that he always seems to bask in despite any criticism, always seems to carry on, regardless with that irritating smile off his, may he get the karma that he so deserves.
Rose Gentle and Reg Keys
Here is a link to the website of the Iraq war inquiry :-