Tuesday 17 January 2017

There's blood on his hands - but Blair wasn't alone

Chilcot makes it easy to blame Blair. But back in 2003 millions could see that the war was based on lies. Many just didn't want to see

Published 10/07/2016 | 02:30

Lies: More than 100,000 Irish people took to the streets in 2003 to protest against the impending war - but George W Bush spoke to the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern saying 'Ireland is a valued member of the coalition against global terror and we thank you' Photo: REUTERS / Paul McErlane
Lies: More than 100,000 Irish people took to the streets in 2003 to protest against the impending war - but George W Bush spoke to the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern saying 'Ireland is a valued member of the coalition against global terror and we thank you' Photo: REUTERS / Paul McErlane

About three million people marched in Rome that day, February 15, 2003. Half a million in Paris, another half a million in Berlin, more than a million in London. In Dublin, there were over 100,000 of us.

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In all, it was bigger than any protest, ever. One estimate put the global total of those marching that day at about eight million. Over three months, spanning a period before and after the invasion, about 36 million people demonstrated against the war.

But, we were on the losing side and we knew it. No one doubted the war would go ahead. And the military strength of the USA was enough to smash all Iraqi resistance.

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