As the Chilcot report is about to be finalised, Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair makes what can only be described as a qualified apology for using what the Guardian Newspaper quote as ‘Misleading Intelligence’ in preparation for the Iraq war.
“I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime,” Said the former Leader in a recent interview. In saying this however Blair stated that removing the dictator and then leader of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was justified, for which he stated that he found it “hard to make an apology”.
Nicola Sturgeon the first minister of Scotland recently responded to Blair’s apology branding it as a ‘spin operation’ as Sir John Chilcot prepares to release his findings on the Iraq war of 2003.
So how did Blair’s actions contribute to the rise of Islamic State? Can Arguments have been aired that through the Iraq war of 2003, IS were able to establish a base of heightened power which has led to them acquiring swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent years. Mr Blare himself added to his comments that there could be some blame attributed to himself and other leaders involved in the Iraq War of 2003 however he failed to expand on his points further.
Chilcot is expected to reveal that intelligence utilised to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by both the US and UK governments was not fully scrutenised, especially in regards to the use of intelligence suggesting that Saddam was developing weapons of mass destruction. The report is due for release within the next few weeks.