Chilcot Report’s Damning Findings About UK Role in Iraq A Shill’s Job

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The seven-year public Chilcot inquiry ordered by the British government to investigate the role of the British government in the 2003 invasion of Iraq without a mandate from the UN Security Council and in violation of international law has not surprised the international community. It has become accustomed to the fact that citizens of permanent Security Council member States are above the law.

Tony Blair visits Iraq in 2006.  Courtesy EPA/Peter MacDiarmid

Tony Blair visits Iraq in 2006. Courtesy EPA/Peter MacDiarmid

After seven years, hearing from 150 witnesses and after analyzing some 150,000 documents, the inquiry led by John Chilcot, concluded that the UK’s leadership went to war “before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted”, based on “flawed intelligence” and “wholly inadequate planning”. (read the full report here)

The report also notes that the invasion undermined the Security Council’s (UNSC) authority because it failed to get the majority support for military action.

This euphemistic representation neglects the fact that a UNSC resolution only is valid when all permanent UNSC members (P5) concurrently vote for the resolution.

This euphemistic representation also omits that going to war without the concurrent vote of the P5, constitutes a crime against peace.

The 2.6 million words report and its alleged “harsh light that it casts on former Labour PM Tony Blair”, will go down in history as a shill’s job. The Shillcot inquiry.

As damage control that covers over the fact that nobody will ever face a court of law for the crime against peace, for subsequent war crimes, and the murder of a head of state, Saddam Hussein. A murder that has established precedents for the murder of Libya’s Head of State Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

The mere fact that the then  U.S. President George W. Bush could publicly crack jokes about the fact that no weapons of mass destructions were found in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney’s admission that Iraq had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda has set the stage for the stage-managed Shill-cot inquiry.

bush and blair CRGPresenting his inquiry, Chilcot would say:  “The U.K. chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.” (emphasis added)

He added that the Blair government’s evaluation of the threat from Hussein’s weapons projected “certainty that was not justified.”

Not a single word about the legal consequences that such a “choice” should have for Tony Blair, the government, the country, and those in the chain of command who carried out illegal orders.

Following World War II, many Germans were hanged for less. Chilcot, for his part, would white-wash the crime by stating that the legal basis for British military action in Iraq was “far from satisfactory.”

Ironically, and showing how deeply entrenched the disregard of international law is in the UK, Tony Blair would subsequently become a “Middle East Peace Envoy”. Blair’s tentative excuse in 2007, his admission that “some mistakes were made” certainly did not revive a murdered head of State and cannot be a substitute for a proper war crimes tribunal.

CH/L – nsnbc 06.07.2016

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