The Right-Minded View: The Chilcot Report

by richardhutton

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair has today braved criticism, following the publication of the Chilcot Report. I don’t see what people are complaining about, quite frankly. If you ask me, Mr Blair’s tears say more than real words ever could.

Is the rightness of liberating Iraq from one of Britain’s erstwhile allies really even open to debate, let alone dispute? Not starting wars unless you’re sure they’re justified, and prepared for the aftermath, is all well and good; but in the real world leaders have to take difficult decisions. This requires a willingness to act without considering the consequences – and I say Mr Blair lived up to that requirement at all times.

Not that you will hear any magnanimity from those who opposed the war of course – what with their dogmatic certainty that invading a sovereign country and dismantling its infrastructure, precipitating a mass bout of looting, causing a subsequent breakdown of law and order, and consequently leading to an insurgency which descended into a civil war that caused hundreds of thousands in casualties – ultimately bringing years of chaos to the neighbouring region – was a bad idea.

Well, Mr Blair thinks that the Chilcot report vindicates his decision; and I – for one – could not agree more. Yellowcake uranium – or certainly something resembling it – was reported by a reliable witness to have been seen in a men’s urinal, located in downtown Baghdad. What’s more, as Mr Blair himself testified, there was every chance that the colouring book and wax crayons unearthed from the rubble of a nursery in Tikrit could very well have been a blueprint for some kind of device, of some sort. Also, while the ‘tub of anthrax’ discovered at a gymnasium turned out to be a plastic carton full of whey powder, that is largely by the by.

Even Britain’s most recent Prime Minister, David Cameron, was unable to find anything in the Chilcot report about his predecessor deliberately deceiving people. There was merely something or another about information not being presented accurately; and the truth being treated in an economical fashion to best serve political expediency – and it’s not as if Mr Cameron would ever turn a blind-eye to such behaviour.

As for Mr Corbyn’s involvement in all this – how can we be certain that he is not developing WMD on his allotment? The simple fact is, we can’t – and if he is growing weapons of mass destruction, whether from seed or cutting, for all we know they could reach London within 45 minutes, if Corbyn gets his bicycle repaired. Just think about that, for a moment.

No – the invasion of Iraq was merely undertaken for the Iraqi peoples’ own good; and were they alive today, in their tens of thousands, they would undoubtedly shake Mr Blair by the hand, and extend their gratitude.
The Chilcot Report entirely vindicates Mr Blair. Or, at the very least, obviates the need to put him on trial for war crimes; as it found him insufficiently African for indictment.

All the lessons have been learned; just as they were after the first Iraq war; and will be learned again following the next conflict. So let us draw a line under the matter, and hear no more about it. Whatever it is.