IRAQ: Chilcot, the ‘Trial of Tony Blair’ & the Suffering/Humiliation of the Iraqi People…

Posted: July 6, 2016 in (Politics) CURRENT AFFAIRS, This Week's News (From a Certain Point of View)
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As today will see the official release of the Chilcot Report into Tony Blair’s and the British government’s role in the Iraq War, I am re-posting here two older articles that are perhaps particularly relevant in that context.

The first asks the question ‘Is Tony Blair Being Made a Scapegoat For the Entire Iraq War?’ Mistaken by some people at the time as having been a defense of Tony Blair – which it certainly isn’t – that article simply plays Devil’s Advocate and asks whether the Blair witch-hunt is drawing all public attention away from the actual originators and primary architects of the Iraq War.

Read that article here.

The second is a timely reminder of the huge scale of ongoing suffering and humiliation suffered by the people of Iraq as a result of that invasion. Centering on the UN’s OHCHR  Report on Iraq from the beginning of this year (which recorded at least 18,802 Iraqi civilians having been killed – and 36,245 wounded – just between the beginning of 2014 and the end of 2015, let alone the 11 post-invasion years before that), it provides some of the important additional context to the Iraq catastrophe beyond just the war years that the Chilcot Report will focus on.

Read that article here.

As for the Chilcot Report itself, it is said to be bigger in volume than War & Peace, has taken seven years to be released and has cost millions of pounds to complete. While it will no doubt paint Tony Blair in a very bad light, it remains to be seen whether it will lead to any legal action being taken against key figures in the conspiracy to illegally invade a sovereign nation.

In 2012, the government vetoed the release of the documents detailing minutes of Cabinet meetings in the days leading up to the invasion in 2003. The British Foreign Office also successfully appealed against a judge’s ruling and blocked the disclosure of extracts of conversations between George W. Bush and Tony Blair days before the invasion.

The government stated that revealing the conversation would present a “significant danger” to British-American relations.

The Cabinet Office was reported, three years ago, to have been resisting the release of “more than 130 records of conversations” between Bush and Blair, as well as “25 notes from Mr Blair to President Bush” and “some 200 cabinet-level discussions”.

It is also highly unlikely that there will be any reference to the mysterious death of Dr David Kelly or the death of Blair-era Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.

We’ll know very shortly whether this Chilcot Report accomplishes anything or whether it belongs on the same scrapheap as the Diana Inquest, the 9/11 Commission Report and other official ‘reports’ of the same nature.

 

 

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  1. truthaholics says:

    Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    “The Cabinet Office was reported, three years ago, to have been resisting the release of “more than 130 records of conversations” between Bush and Blair, as well as “25 notes from Mr Blair to President Bush” and “some 200 cabinet-level discussions”.

    It is also highly unlikely that there will be any reference to the mysterious death of Dr David Kelly or the death of Blair-era Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.

    We’ll know very shortly whether this Chilcot Report accomplishes anything or whether it belongs on the same scrapheap as the Diana Inquest, the 9/11 Commission Report and other official ‘reports’ of the same nature.”

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  2. Mark says:

    ‘…whether this Chilcot Report accomplishes anything?’ In a few hours, “…Jeremy Corbyn”. Right and honourable? Let’s see? One accomplish, is the liars and lies, so jumbo – a tide in the pop-psyhe, reluctantly pushed to consider; Kelly, Cook and those… free-falling towers to Orlando? OK 7/7. Got your ‘won’t mention’ but those yapping, “you nutto conspiracy cynics” are having a most vulnerable, bad/day/today. Brits reluctant to believe such ‘reposts’ contained on websites like this – that mainstream/govt./mainstream narratives, are most often WMD’s – leaves a terrible logic on the media landscape. Knowing or saying we do, mostly established currency, is now on ‘paper’. Strength in symbols. Those with ambivalence about the Iraq war (or worse), are conspicuously most against, truth-ers and free-er speech. So this Chilcot business, let’s go – A.B.C: If they’re prepared to all but admit, suffice escape ‘cells’ – lied this-much? For these outcomes? What/where/else, might be/also a cover-up? It’s going to rouse their inside the camp but outside critics. An indication for us, those caring more for truth-telling and holding Blair and co to account, than position and reputation. Your two earlier articles a fitting requiem – get upset again – for about the greatest horrors of our times. We might read and hear some off-message insider blow a trumpet? Let’s hope.

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    • It was interesting today that Corbyn chose not to attack Blair or even mention him by name, but just spoke instead about the party and about parliament in general.
      Blair, on the other hand, has been attacking and condemning Corbyn every chance he’s got.

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      • Mark says:

        Yes, best note was, “Robin Cook spoke…” Jeremy obviously believes the party must be rescued. First and foremost. Word is, they’re going for ‘start a new party’, or buckle-down? Not that I’m reading too internet-widely or otherwise but be interesting to see who does get ‘feisty with a name’? Conversely, who sheeps-up? The m.media are the most exposed. ‘Complicit’ is an understatement.

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      • Mark says:

        Blair sick and did not have to – post-PM: Choose corruption. Should repent.

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      • Repent? No one repents! Maybe he won’t… until ‘the Kingdom is at hand’? Is that the phrase?

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