Five years ago, one of the most single events that changed the world had just begun- the invasion of a middle east country known as Iraq.
Five years on, the country, although under a dictatorship, which was on the ground relatively stable has now turned into a sectarian bloodbath. People who were united on taking on the late leader Saddam Hussein, then turned against each other… and all for a lie…. the lie that the country has assembled weapons of mass destruction…. the lie that the former dictator was a threat to world peace… the lie that the US and UK governments invaded to spread liberal democracy across the region….. the lie that the invasion was to secure the large oil supplies.
The US and UK governments at the time were pushing for a war even despite opinion from the political hard left to the hard right, former and current army generals, diplomats, the United Nations, and just about the rest of the world were opposed to it….
The ordinary people who weren’t politically active were for a long time worried about what the potential consequences of the war may bring marched in their millions. In London, around two million told Tony Blair, “Not In Our Name”….
…. YET THEY INVADED…..
Now the country is now in a bigger mess than five years ago. On top of the relentless sectarian violence, which had left around one million dead, many more fled to neighbouring countries and indeed further afield. Hundreds of American….. and British…. soldiers died fighting a cause which wasn’t theirs in the first place….
….ALL FOR A BLOODY LIE….
Demands for an independent public inquiry into the war are fruitless unless it is taken out the control of the political establishment. Those responsible for this disaster must be made to pay for their crimes…. and it is up to us to make sure that happens.