As Chilcot Report on Iraq is delayed, expert MARK ALMOND warns our leaders to publish - or be damaged forever
26 April 2014 - The anniversary of the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003 came and went last month. Thank God British soldiers are no longer at risk, but everyday life there is still marred by car bombs and assassinations.
Understanding how mayhem rather than democracy was let loose in Iraq ought to be a priority for our political leaders. But lessons vital for our country’s future security are still not being learned in Whitehall.
There, Tony Blair is still a colossus. No longer in Parliament, he still casts a shadow over Westminster that is in sharp contrast to the public cynicism about his decision to go to war.
It is this clash between the insiders’ view and the national consensus that is creating such an unhealthy political atmosphere. Governments need to be trusted on matters of war and peace above all else, but as the public hostility to intervention in Syria showed last August, the legacy of Iraq is scepticism when Whitehall calls for action. read more>>>