Former Prime Minister Tony Blair in a New British Fright

Just when Brexit have barely begun to take effect, a report unleashed the scandal for the unjustified involvement of London in Iraq war


By: Juventud Rebelde


2016-07-07 | 12:10:49 EST
From left to right: Blair, George Bush Jr., José María Aznar From left to right: Blair, George Bush Jr., José María Aznar Photo: publico.esZoom

July 7, 2016


 London. - A British inquiry on the war in Iraq criticized former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government for taking part in US led invasion without appropriate legal foundations or planning.


According to Reuters, Blair answered that he gave his blessing which led the country to the conflict in Iraq “by acting in good faith” that he still deems the overthrow of Dictator Saddam Hussein as necessary and that he does not believe that his actions were one of the causes of the spread of extremism in the Middle East and in other parts of the world in the last few years.


The so called Chilcot report concluded that there was not imminent threat from Hussein on March 2003 and that the resulting chaos in the region after his removal should have been anticipated.


Tony Blair said he felt sadness and regret for the war in Iraq, but stood by his government’s decision to take part in the invasion.


«The intelligence assessments made at the time of going to war turned out to be wrong. The aftermath turned out to be more hostile, protracted and bloody than ever we imagined, » said Blair to reporters. » For all of this, I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe. »


The former Prime Minister took on fully responsibility for the decision of committing the United Kingdom to war in the United States- led invasion; but he denied the assertion that the current extremism is rooted in the turmoil Iraq is living in the aftermath of the conflict.


By 2009, the invasion and subsequent instability in Iraq had killed at least 150 000 Iraqis, most of them civilians and the displacement of over one million people.


Chilcot report argued that the United Kingdom joined the invasion without exploiting the alternatives for a pacific solution, the effects of the UK participation in the war were underestimated and the planning was wholly inadequate.    


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