We are all aware of the Iraq War and still feel shock and pain about the grieved ones. But it is disturbing to know that Tony Blair, former PM of UK, did not exhaust all peaceful options before going to war on Iraq in 2003.
Sir John Chilcot told the BBC
I think any prime minister taking a country into war has got to be straight with the nation and carry it, so far as possible, with him or her. I don’t believe that was the case in the Iraq instance.
Also, the friendship between George W. Bush and Tony Blair is criticized because of the large scale enforcement of the war. It is being said that Tony Blair had been “emotionally truthful” in his account of the events which led to the war. He relied on belief instead of facts.
Sir John’s report, published in July last year, found that Saddam Hussein posed “no imminent threat” at the time of the invasion of his country in 2003, and the war was fought on the basis of “flawed” intelligence. Even though Saddam was a dictator and troubled people of the country but posed no threat to other countries.
In an interview with the BBC, he was asked if Mr Blair was as truthful with him and the public as he should have been during the seven-year inquiry. He said,
Can I slightly reword that to say I think any prime minister taking a country into war has got to be straight with the nation and carry it, so far as possible, with him or her.
While giving evidence to the inquiry, Mr Blair denied that he had “lied” to the country on the matter of war. He was certain of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction . He reported that in any unfortunate situation Iraqi tyrant could deploy biological and chemical weapons in 45 minutes and kill millions.
Following the report’s publication, Mr Blair said that, while the Chilcot Report contained “serious criticisms”, it showed “there were no lies, Parliament and the Cabinet were not misled, there was no secret commitment to war, intelligence was not falsified and the decision was made in good faith”.
The cost of the Chilcot Inquiry will be high. However, the cost to the reputation of Britain and its armed forces of not taking such allegations seriously will be far higher. To make an obvious, though important, point, the human rights of Iraqi and Afghan citizens are no less valuable than those of British citizens, no matter that the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Isis and the others pay no regard to the rules of war or human rights themselves.
Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn, one of the few brave ones who opposed the Iraq War, said,
The case against the Iraq War is a very strong one. We have got to think very carefully as a country what has happened since the Iraq War and the consequences that flowed from what I believe was a catastrophically wrong decision in 2003.
The conflict claimed the lives of 179 UK troops and Sir John believes the Government put British servicemen and women, as well as thousands of Iraqi civilians, in harm’s way unnecessarily.
In the first interview after his response on the day of the publication, Forces TV asked Mr Blair about the mistakes in military planning and it can be viewed here.