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> Chilcot: Iraq War Inquiry, To be held next year
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post 16th Mar 2010, 05:42pm
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Another nutter - a lot of them about.


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post 16th Mar 2010, 06:05pm
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jeez I am actually in agreement with Bilbo on this one rolleyes.gif
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post 16th Mar 2010, 06:13pm
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S--t happens! tongue.gif Is there hope yet for the world? biggrin.gif


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post 17th Mar 2010, 12:38am
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QUOTE (murn @ 16th Mar 2010, 06:15pm) *
hope there are no young children living within the vicinity of his office dry.gif

I found it hard to believe that any one, regardless of his opinion of the military, could actually make such a statement. I really do expect that he'll regret having been so stupid.


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Alex Salmond: The coup against Corbyn was planned to stop him calling for Blair’s head after Chilcot

In normal political times Wednesday would see the most dramatic event of the year.

Thirteen years after the Iraq war and seven years after the start of his Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot will deliver his findings. In particular for the relatives of the 179 service personnel who died, but also for everyone living with the consequences of this conflict, it has been a long time coming.

However, such has been the all enveloping chaos in Westminster too little attention has been paid to the coming Chilcot report. When the European roof is falling in on one Prime Minister it is difficult to concentrate on just how a previous one destabilised the planet.


Behind his increasingly furrowed brows Gordon Brown might be forgiven for thinking that his own rocky premiership will be reassessed as a period of relative calm between two great disasters.

It would be a mistake to believe that Chilcot and current events are entirely unconnected. The link is through the Labour Party.

I have been puzzling as to exactly why the Parliamentary Labour Party chose this moment to launch their coup against Jeremy Corbyn and just what explains the desperation to get him out last week. It can hardly be because of a European referendum where Corbyn's campaigning, although less than energetic, was arguably more visible than that of say the likely big political winner Teresa May?

Would it not have been more sensible and certainly less damaging simply to put up another candidate against Corbyn and argue the case to the country? It certainly would have made for less of a pantomime and, with both establishment parties holding simultaneous leadership elections, it would have minimised the damage. So what exactly was the urgency in getting the removal vans to visit the Corbyn's office last week?

I had a conversation on exactly this point with veteran Labour firebrand Dennis Skinner. He answered in one word “Iraq”. The Skinner line is that the coup was timed to avoid Corbyn calling for Blair’s head next Wednesday from the Despatch Box. Indeed many would say that when Corbyn stated that he would be prepared to see a former Labour Prime Minister tried for War Crimes then he sealed his fate as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party. [...]

Full story here:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1459494...d_after_Chilcot

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An update form 2015:

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We don't need to wait for Chilcot, Blair lied to us about Iraq.

Here's the evidence.


Two weeks ago I found myself in conversation with Dr Hans Blix, head of the United Nations weapons inspection team ahead of the Iraq invasion in 2003.

Dr Blix told me that Tony Blair’s claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were simply not an accurate reflection of the intelligence provided to the British government.

"The big difference in the British dossier,” Dr Blix told me, “was that they simply asserted that these items are there. But when Mr Blair asserts that there were weapons, well that's an assertion and it was not supported by evidence. Both the UK and the US replaced question marks by exclamation marks. I certainly think it was a misrepresentation."

He was talking about how cautious assessments were turned into bold statements by Blair and the UK government. For example, intelligence chiefs gave this assessment on March 15 2002: “Intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles programmes is sporadic and patchy.”

Three weeks later, the prime minister stridently claimed: “We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has stockpiles of major amounts of chemical and biological weapons.”

Shaken by the force of his testimony I eventually said to Dr Blix: "That's devastating. And so basically you are telling me that Mr Blair misrepresented the truth, lied indeed to the British parliament in order to make the case for an illegal war?"

He paused. Then he said: "Well, I'm a diplomat, so I'm not using such… such words. But in substance, yes. They misrepresented what we did and they did so in order to get the authorisation that they shouldn't have had". [...]

Full story here:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/peter-obor...-heres-evidence

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post 4th Jul 2016, 10:09pm
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Campbell is already off the hook, imo Blair will be criticised but it will be the head of MI6 at the time who will cop for the blame.
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rolleyes.gif another toothless tiger/whitewash .


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