Friday 20 October 2017

Chilcot lays bare the tragedy of Iraq war

'Somewhat scandalously, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday told of his regret over the war, but coolly stood by his decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003' Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
'Somewhat scandalously, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday told of his regret over the war, but coolly stood by his decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003' Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Editorial

Editorial

The Chilcot report exposes the full extent of the flawed intentions and false pretexts on which Britain's entry into the ruinous Iraq war was based. It is a dismal story of hastiness, arrogance, and delusion that resulted in a blind rush into a catastrophic Middle East intervention that has destabilised world peace, and facilitated the rise of Isil.

Yet, somewhat scandalously, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday told of his regret over the war, but coolly stood by his decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In the many findings, one that stood out was that eight months before parliament even approved military action, Mr Blair had committed himself in writing to backing George W Bush, with the words: "I will be with you whatever."

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