‘The Iraq War: is Tony Blair the only one with bloody hands?’ by Sammy McNally

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As the British parliament collectively points its finger accusingly at the Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, you might be excused for believing that Blair hadn’t actually asked parliament for its consent to go to war in Iraq in 2003. A war that resulted in chaos in Iraq and the wider region and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths of Iraqis and (even by MI5 own admission) significantly increased the risks of terror attacks in Britain itself.

You might also be excused for believing that many in political parties other than the Labour Party had resisted – what was probably Britain’s worst foreign policy decision since at least since the 2nd World War. In reality, there were those in the Tory Party who didn’t think any dossier (dodgy or otherwise) was necessary to go to war – and the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (small right wing Northern Ireland parties) have been consistent enthusiasts for foreign British military adventures.(All 12 Unionist MPs voted for war).

The millions of people on the streets in London protesting against going to war, Hans Blix, the designated United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq and many of Britain’s European allies plus most sensible foreign policy commentators were not heeded by the Blairites or by the right wing Tories and Unionists. The niceties of  the UN resolution were not of interest to those who saw maintaining the ‘special relationship’ with the US and asserting Britain’s right to go to war in a country and a region that was an ethnic and religious  powder keg – as more important.

Anyone with even a modicum of understanding of the political complexities of the region would have known that any military endeavour – could only be countenanced – when every other option had been explored and careful thought had been given to the consequences.

That Blair was guilty of manipulation of the intelligence and that he misrepresented the intelligence to parliament is not in doubt but that does not excuse the British parliament – given the available and ample evidence of both the illegality and recklessness of the war – of backing the Blair government.

Postscript: Sammy and I would like to mount a petition calling on the British House of Commons to apologise for the huge loss of life  and destruction in Iraq for which they voted. To get the Petition off the ground, we need four names/email addresses of people who would be willing to sign the Petition initially. If you’d like to be one of the four, just say so in the Comments to this blog, and I’ll be able to list your email address in establishing the Petition. We’d like to get it up and running as soon as possible, so if you’d like to give a thumb’s-up as soon as possible, that’d be great. Then when the Petition has been established, I’ll post the link on this blogsite so everyone who chooses can sign it. Much thanks in anticipation –  Jude

21 Responses to ‘The Iraq War: is Tony Blair the only one with bloody hands?’ by Sammy McNally

  1. john Patton July 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    Happy to subscribe to the Petition, Jude.It’s not merely the loss of life in Iraq but the suffering , death and hardships of the refugee crisis. That vote to attack Iraq was probably one of the most catastrophic and calamitous, taken by any democracy.

  2. Jim Neeson July 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Certainly I would sign this petition

    • Jude Collins July 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

      Maith thú, Jim – grma.

  3. Mary Jo July 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Sign me up.

  4. donal kennedy July 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Sign me up

  5. philip kelly July 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    will be glad to sign this petition ,

  6. paddykool July 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m in Jude

  7. Danny Kelly July 21, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Sign me up too

  8. Jim Lynch July 21, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    I will gladly put my name on the petition.

  9. Antonio July 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    First time post, long time reader-
    Sign me up, I’m more than happy to put my name against that.
    Another petition for Blair to be tried for war crimes probably isn’t a bad idea either!

    • Jude Collins July 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks, Antonio…

      • Jude Collins July 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

        PS. You living in UK? Apparently a requirement…

        • Antonio July 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

          In the occupied 6 counties of Ireland Jude

  10. Patrick Mcdermott July 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Count me in , Jude. Watching and listening to some of the british generals recently re Trident and the middle east. Their conceited haughtiness and arrogance never fails to amaze me.

    • Jude Collins July 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

      Go raibh maith agat, Patrick. I think we have the initial five, but I hope to put the Petition up on the blogsite soon and you’ll be able to sign (early and often…)

  11. Wolfe tone July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Without doubt Blair isn’t the only one with bloody hands. Plenty of people played their part, be it politicians and media. In fact without the media input it’s highly unlikely Blair and co could’ve got away with it. We even have politicians in Irish banana republic excusing or indeed ignoring their input in this crusade. To somehow dismiss the Shannon airport stopovers by US forces, as irrelevant, and is somehow no way of contributing to the US war effort shows how out of touch these gombeens are with the real world.
    Lots of people helped Blair, hence why he won’t ever face court; he could bring down a lot of people with him if it did happen. Lord haw haw wouldn’t have a patch on some of these cheerleaders.