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There will be a series of facts and figures stashed away from view categorised as potential threats to national security but there will also be those covered to protect the reputation of people such as former U.K. P.M. Tony Blair.
Blair has already begun paving the way for the publication of the Chilcot inquiry and has been appearing on televised news reports in the U.S.A. this week.
Earlier this week the Guardian reported "Former British P.M. [Tony Blair] admits ‘mistakes’ and conflict’s role in rise of Islamic State but defends armed intervention in 2003."
That report continues "Tony Blair has moved to prepare the ground for the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war by offering a qualified apology for the use of misleading intelligence and the failure to prepare for the aftermath of the invasion. In an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, the former British prime minister declined to apologise for the war itself and defended armed intervention in 2003, pointing to the current civil war in Syria to highlight the dangers of inaction. Blair, who will be aware of what Sir John Chilcot is planning to say about him in the long-awaited report into the Iraq war, moved to pre-empt its criticisms in an interview with CNN. He told Zakaria: “I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. “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".”
Will Blair or others be held to account for what is viewed by many as an illegal war in Iraq?
What about other world leaders who jumped on the "Iraq war is a good idea bandwagon?" Then there are those responsible for the dodgy intelligence which was used to encourage conflict.
Sir John Chilcot could easily end up the villain of the piece with his hands tied at least loosely.
In May NEWTEKWORLDNEWS reported "The UK Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war has dragged on at a cost of thousands but Thursday [in May] there is both good and bad news for those waiting for its results to be published. The good news is that a deal has been reached which will allow the publication of the inquiry's findings but the bad news for those searching for the truth and accountability for the leaders that took the U.K. and the U.S.A. into this illegal war is that communications between former U.S. leader George W Bush and former U.K. P.M. Tony Blair will not be published in full.
Along with others we have watched this endless inquiry bump along. Blair has been allowed access to documents pertaining to him and a censors hand on what information is released.
Earlier this year many in the U.K. thought the publication of the inquiry's findings was being stalled until after the May 7, 2015, General Election but that date has long passed.
Reg Keys, the father of one man killed in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, "accuses him [Chilcot] of failing to understand the feelings of the bereaved as the ongoing “Maxwellisation” process plays out delaying the publication over and over again.
(Maxwellisation is a procedure in British governance where individuals due to be criticised in an official report are sent details of the criticism in advance and permitted to respond prior to publication. The process takes its name from the newspaper owner Robert Maxwell - Wikipedia)
In May the Independent reported Mr Keys said "Mr Blair should be tried as a war criminal because of the 180 British personnel who were killed and the 3,500 Britons who were wounded, in addition to the thousands of Iraqi’s who were killed by Western forces."
To date the inquiry has lasted six years.
From our archived website:
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NEWTEKWORLDNEWS previous reports;
Sack Blair campaign and the Killing of Tony Blair
Chilcot Iraq war inquiry bows to Washington