Special Edition July 2016 - Editor's Notes

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Vol. 12, No. 10 (370)
Special Edition July 2016

Editor's Notes

Chilcot Report: Blair lies led to illegal attack on Iraq

It's not what you think that counts, it's what you do

Tony Blair's apologies not worth the space they take

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It's all there: 12 volumes, 2.6 million words (almost four-and-a-half times as long as War and Peace), seven years in the making, including analyses of 150,000 British government documents.

Chaired by Sir John Chilicot, former Whitehall insider, and officially known as The Iraq Inquiry, the Proustian investigation, released Wednesday 06 July, allegedly explores every nook and cranny in the UK's run-up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 as well as its aftermath.

The report clearly states that then Prime Minister Tony Blair deliberately led Great Britain into an illegal war against Iraq in collusion with then U.S. president George W. Bush.

There are conflicting statistics on the number of persons killed but the report says about 4,500 American personnel, 179 British troops and about 150,000 Iraqis were killed in the six-year illegal war that plunged Iraq into chaos, and that helped create Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Pandora's Box

Tony Blair, who has become a multi-millionaire out of war, twists and turns expressing such prattle as  “sorrow, regret and apology” while shamlessly insisting that "I did what I thought was right."

Meanwhile, Blair's former deputy prime minister, Lord Prescott, has admitted that the war was illegal, adding that he would live with the “catastrophic consequences” of this decision for the rest of his life.

"A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think of the decision we made to go to war. Of the British troops who gave their lives or suffered injuries for their country. Of the 175,000 civilians who died from the Pandora’s Box we opened by removing Saddam Hussein," he added.

"In 2004, the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that because regime change was the prime aim of the Iraq War, it was illegal. With great sadness and anger, I now believe him to be right," Lord Prescott wrote in a Sunday Mirror column, the confession coming shortly after Sir John Chilcot's report into the lead-up to the war was unveiled.

The families of British soldiers who died in Iraq have called for Tony Blair to face legal action over the invasion. They were reportedly allowed to see the Chilcot Report before it was unveiled. Unable to hold back the tears, the sister of one 19-year-old soldier who was killed in Iraq, called Blair “the world’s worst terrorist.”

Blair has company. George W. Bush. Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton for examples. It is outrageous that these criminals should escape legal punishment for having caused so much death and suffering and economic ruin.

Meanwhile, it's not over until the curtain falls, so take it easy, but take it.

Carl Dow

Editor and Publisher
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