Saturday 19 August 2017

What lessons can we learn from a report that ignores all Arab voices?

Sir John Chilcot presents The Iraq Inquiry Report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London Photo: REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell/Pool
Sir John Chilcot presents The Iraq Inquiry Report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London Photo: REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell/Pool

Robert Fisk

So where are the Titans now? I've often asked that question but today, I realise, Tony Blair wanted to be a Titan. Up there with the Churchills and the Roosevelts and Titos and - dare I suggest - the Stalins. Men who made the earth move. Maybe that's why Chilcot's achievement was not to prove that Blair was a war criminal but that he was a midget.

Just take that cringing quotation to Bush on July 28, 2002.

"I will be with you, whatever." Sure, we understand the political importance of this tosh. Blair was trying to sound Titan-like. but proved in legal terms that what he meant was: I will be with you - whatever the British people think.

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