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Blair makes apology

 

030402-N-5362A-004 Southern, Iraq (Apr. 2, 2003) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Phiffer stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq. Coalition forces have successfully secured the southern oil fields for the economic future of the Iraqi people and are in the process of extinguishing the burning wells that were set ablaze in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. (RELEASED)

Southern, Iraq (Apr. 2, 2003) — U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Phiffer stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq. 

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.

US Army (USA) M1A1 Abrams MBT (Main Battle Tank), and personnel from A Company (CO), Task Force 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment (1-35 Armor), 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division (AD), pose for a photo under the "Hands of Victory" in Ceremony Square, Baghdad, Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The Hands of Victory monument built at the end of the Iran-Iraq war marks the entrance to a large parade ground in central Baghdad. The hand and arm are modeled after former dictator Saddam HusseinÕs own and surrounded with thousands of Iranian helmets taken from the battlefield. The swords made for the guns of dead Iraqi soldiers, melted and recast into the 24-ton blades.

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.

 

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