It was probably the most damning indictment of the Iraq war. And yet not enough has been said about it. Owen at ThirdEstate says it’s confirmation blindness and he’s right: us lefties have been saying it for so long that when it’s stated again – we just mutter something like ‘we told you so, you fucking cretins‘ and move on. But it’s worth stating again:
In straightforward, devastating testimony, Eliza Manningham-Buller told the Chilcot inquiry how she had warned about what sensible – but mostly frightened to speak out – senior Whitehall officials believed in 2003: that the invasion of Iraq would increase the terrorist threat to the UK.
More than once, the former head of MI5 emphasised to the Chilcot inquiry that the invasion exacerbated the terrorist threat to the UK and was a “highly significant” factor in how “home-grown” extremists justified their actions.
“Our involvement in Iraq radicalised a few among a generation of young people who saw [it] as an attack upon Islam,” she said.
No. Shit. Sherlock.
Why long before decent lefties like Nick Cohen try and accuse her of “moral relativism” or something? The Labour party people are silent because their main candidate is still busy trying to justify what happened, while not accepting at all the impact Iraq had in the UK. Tories are silent because they went along with this rubbish of course. Even uber-wingnut Melanie Phillips hasn’t said anything.
Now, I don’t believe the Labour leadership election should be a referendum on the Iraq war. But it’s striking that the Labour party is rushing headlong in pushing a candidate (D Miliband) who has learnt nothing from the debacle from start to finish, other than to say that ‘George Bush was the worst thing to happen to Tony Blair‘. But we’re not talking about what happened to Blair now, Mr Miliband – he is history. We want to know what you learnt from it.
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