Finally the wait for the Chilcot report is over. The report which took 7 years to be completed finds Britain’s role in the invasion and occupation of Iraq as unnecessary. But is the report conclusive of anything and what does it mean for the then Prime Minister of the UK?
Well the report finds that the UK used its special relationship with the U.S. to restrain and advise President George W. Bush in the run-up to conflict. The report blames flawed intelligence on the weapons of mass destruction theory and also assesses inadequate post-war planning. The report looks into the then PM of the UK how he didn’t inform his cabinet about the plans for invasion which he discussed earlier with the President of the U.S.
The report goes on to analyze Mr. Blair’s radical shift in how to deal with Saddam Hussein with first he calling for a policy of containment after the 9/11 and in July 2002, he famously in his private memo to Mr. Bush declares that he will be with him no matter what! This memo is just one of many memos sent by Mr. Blair to Mr. Bush, while keeping his ministers and military commanders in the dark.
Mr. Blair who claims after the invasion that he acted in good faith and that he can be criticized for errors in judgment and he cannot be accused of misleading the public by deceit has been all shattered by the Chilcot report.
The report dismisses the Mr. Blair’s action of invading Iraq as it was the last resort and pointed out that all the peaceful options weren’t exhausted for disarming Saddam Hussein and finds Mr. Blair culpable of invasion of Iraq.
The report also notes that the legal basis for military action wasn’t satisfactory at all and in taking the action to invade Iraq, the U.K. undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council.
The report then finally examines the inadequate planning and preparations for the post-Saddam period. The final nail in the coffin that it puts is with its conclusion that the government of the U.K. failed to achieve the objectives it set out by invading Iraq and as a consequence of its decision it led to more than 200 deaths of the British Citizen along with more than 100,000 causalities of Iraqi citizens along with millions getting displaced, the figures which continue to rise till today. These facts are difficult to be denied by.
The inquiry wasn’t conducted to make a legal case against the former PM but to ascertain the facts and the objectives which led to the U.K. going to the war. But the painful reality is that the invasion of Iraq by the U.K. and the U.S. on the false premises has led to many civilian deaths, rise of the ISIS, a civil war along with the recent refugee crisis and has made the local people suffer every day which no justice can undo.
Hopefully the report will be looked into and the former PM’s decision not to consult the cabinet before taking decisions with the U.S. president will be avoided in the future.