th July the Chilcot report was published after 8 years of investigations. The report is chilling and damns the then British Government Tony Blair for the wat the decision to go to war were taken. Blair may well face charges as the calls for that now grow. We reproduce the report here. It is a remarkable example of how a report should be and the breadth that a report should be. It has criticised the intelligence services and the decision makers. The Iraq war has led to existential threats to the world including South Asia. Chilcot summarised the report as follows. We have also concluded that:

  • The judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified.
  • Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate.
  • The Government failed to achieve its stated objectives.
He then goes on to say In March 2003:
  • There was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein.
  • The strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time.
  • The majority of the Security Council supported continuing UN inspections and monitoring.
The complete report is at   http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/the-report/ //

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