CHILCOT: War critics were right

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As a lifelong member of CND and a joint initiator of the cross-party North Tyneside Anti–War Coast Group, which was set up to oppose the government’s Iraq War invasion in 2003, we have, at last, the Chilcot Report.

It has justified all we campaigned for on behalf of the 179 British families who lost their young loved ones, and 200,000 Iraqis who were killed.

It is a continuing calamity, having opened Pandora’s box in the Middle East – in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Tunisia – which has had frightening repercussions in the UK, with hate crime increasing, terrorism, and thousands of refugees fleeing these war zones to survive in the very countries who started the war.

One and half million of us British citizens flocked to London to try to prevent the Iraq war. But to no avail, as it seems that Mr Blair had already made the deal with Mr Bush a year before.

Chilcot ratifies the view that the army did not equip its soldiers adequately, that the 45-minute so-called intelligence dossier was a fabrication, based on a film.

There was lack of planning for how civil life would be organised after the Iraq invasion. Blair and his advisers seemingly did not listen to the advice that sectarian violence would be unleashed once Saddam Hussein was removed from dictatorship.

But who maintained Saddam and armed him prior to the regime change policy by the USA?

We live in a world whose most successful product is killing humans. Too many of our citizens are given employment to maintain the permanent war economy. We have now gained the ability to kill like computer war games with pilotless drones, from thousands of miles away.

In my view, the whole project of Iraq invasion, etc, was for USA plans to destabilise the aforementioned countries in order to maintain control and influence, with the tragic consequences for the world and whatever the results for the masses of ordinary people like us, who were unable to prevent the majority of our government Tory MPs, Lib Dem MPs and the Blairite Labour MPs voting for that Iraq invasion. Not just Blair.

Have they no shame?

Vicki Gilbert

North Shields