Unless Chilcot is unequivocal about Blair, his report will be fundamentally discredited

The Chilcot report, due to be published later this morning, 6th July 2016, is, of course, caught between a rock and a hard place – between the careful legalistic weighing of evidence to support conclusions and the need of the general public, in particular the families of the British soldiers who died in that war, to see a primary justice done.

Regardless of the prior agreement with George Bush and regardless of the deceit in persuading parliament to vote for that war [deceit long detailed in the public domain], the soldiers were sent in to Iraq knowingly ill-equipped for survival – because Blair’s need for secrecy until an advanced stage meant that the Ministry of Defence were forbidden to commence the procurement of necessary items.

Chilcot has to report between the rock of public certainty on culpability – which requires the justice of formal confirmation; and the hard place of legal argument and the threats of litigation from those who may be criticised.

There are times when the imperative is for the confirmation of fundamental public  values of decency and integrity – and this is one of them.

Legalistic considerations of the weight of evidence can seem- and be – the equivalent of arguing abut the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. That sort of  proper  but bloodless finagling will not answer the real need of Britain in this instance.

We must all hope that Chilcot has taken a stance with the rock at his back and faced up to the transient perils of the hard place.

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  • Unfortunately the likes of Blair and other politicians are not held to account for their actions and failures. However, that said, now watch the troops, NCO’s and officers of all ranks being hung out to dry by politicians for failing to interpret correctly the orders and demands of the said illustrious leaders.

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    Alistair July 6, 2016 11:30 am Reply
  • Blair and his corrupt Westminster buddies are responsible for the deaths of Thousands.
    I await his trial.

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    A.Salmon July 6, 2016 11:31 am Reply
  • Oh Newsie,
    “…of course, caught between a rock and a hard place –”
    It’s a pun that never fails to groan!

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    jake July 6, 2016 1:44 pm Reply
  • Irony – Liberal Democrat MP,Mr. A.Carmichael says politicians should stop lying to the public.
    That just about sums up Westminster to a tee.
    Please Nicola,don’t let us wait too long.Being under the hoof of these devils is getting irritating.

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    A.Salmon July 6, 2016 2:47 pm Reply
  • Blair today at last looks shocked…obviously not by Iraq’s destruction during G2, but by the devastating Chilcot report hammering his reputation firmly into the ground…but lets face it this can not all be blamed on one or even a hundred individuals…the entire uber political system is and was to blame…too much power in a small group of hands corrupts…
    Well done Lord Chilcot a long road well mapped.

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    Karl Hughes July 6, 2016 2:54 pm Reply
    • I listen to Alastair Campbell at lunchtime, it was as bad as listening to BLiar.

      Jack Straw seems to have taken a hammering in the report but the MSM have not started on him yet.

      At least Corbyn might go now:
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      “Those who still vaunt Jeremy Corbyn’s pacifism might take a moment to consider that the only thing keeping the Labour leader hanging on these past few days has been his steadfast desire to run Tony Blair through with a rusty bayonet (courtesy of Sir John Chilcot).”

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      Lundavra July 6, 2016 4:11 pm Reply
      • Haven’t heard so much as a squeak out of Jack Straw for quite a while – I wonder why?

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        Robert Wakeham July 6, 2016 5:54 pm Reply
    • Iraqi Karl.

      Did you profit from the war?

      Your posts in the past supported the Iraqi war. Did you forget or are you rewriting history?

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      No Cheese Here July 6, 2016 5:44 pm Reply
      • Iraqi karl

        Answer ==rewriting history -tick box

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        No Cheese Here July 6, 2016 9:45 pm Reply
      • Sad NHC Troll… I forget nothing and stand by everything I have ever said about both G1 and G2… I do not chance my views to suit a ethereal audience or do I write a post to simply get some sort of warped satisfaction from the reaction of a poster… now go forth and multiply

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        Karl Hughes July 7, 2016 9:33 am Reply
        • Iraqi Karl

          you protest too little.

          The profiteers of Iraq are not the local people

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          No Cheese Here July 8, 2016 1:41 pm Reply
    • No doubt Blair will still be in great demand for speechifying and invitations to sit on the boards of multinationals will continue to arrive despite being marked by Chilcot; Dr Kissinger has never suffered much from being branded a war criminal.

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      db July 6, 2016 7:48 pm Reply
      • I can’t believe this statement got thumbs down.
        Oh,wait a minute,we,re in A&B. Full of nutters!

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        A.Salmon July 6, 2016 9:38 pm Reply
  • Not been the best couple of weeks for the incompetents in Westminster.
    Things can only get worse.

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    A.Salmon July 6, 2016 6:56 pm Reply
    • Not been the best couple of weeks for the incompetents in Hollyrood. Things can only get worse.

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      Steve Barlow July 7, 2016 1:44 pm Reply
  • I spotted the village idiots still waving the ” Butchers apron” at Wimbledon.

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    A.Salmon July 6, 2016 10:29 pm Reply
    • People have fought and died for that, quite recently – but then you’ve got a very selective (not to say racist) view of the world, haven’t you?

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      Robert Wakeham July 7, 2016 9:45 am Reply
    • AS, you always return to where you came from, as I’ve said before I have many friends in the armed forces who would like to have a chat with you about that remark.

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      richard July 7, 2016 11:23 am Reply
      • I would welcome,being an ex serviceman myself,the opportunity to discuss this matter.
        You,however ,should check out- Veterans for Independence.
        Blow your sanctimonious nonsense somewhere else.

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        A.Salmon July 7, 2016 4:46 pm Reply
        • AS,ex serviceman! is this along with being a deep sea diver, popcorn producer, international traveler and president of the Carmichael club, just to mention a few of your recent careers.

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          richard July 7, 2016 8:03 pm Reply
          • Are you stupid?

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            A.Salmon July 7, 2016 10:09 pm
  • The obvious answer is that the civilised world should try and stop dictatorships forming – but once formed, keep well away and don’t get involved. Would that resolve all problems and stop political leaders getting themselves into this sort of mess ?

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    Malcolm Kirk July 7, 2016 11:30 am Reply
    • Isolationism can be as dangerous as intervention; it is possible that Ghaddafi could have retained power without the intervention, the bloodshed in Benghazi would have been great and his despotism would still be in force, or in Sierra Leone the brutal civil war was effectively and quickly snuffed out by military force. Each situation is different and must be evaluated on its own merits; if intervention is favoured the case must be robust and if Chilcot has done nothing else it has shown the unpardonable folly of intervening without an equally robust plan for what happens afterwards.

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      db July 7, 2016 9:33 pm Reply
      • Well said.

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        Robert Wakeham July 7, 2016 9:46 pm Reply
        • So damned if your do – and damned if you don’t. Overthrowing dictators appears to release all the years / centuries of tribal hates which have been suppressed by the dictator. There seems to be areas of the world where democratic freedom just means the tribes are released to inflict as much damage on each other as possible. The middle East, North Africa, Congo, Yugoslavia etc. After WW2 the allies formed a unit to run the post war Germany which it did successfully for three years. How long do you think something similar would have lasted in Baghdad should we have planned the same for the post Saddam period ? After thirteen years they are still at it – the death toll from the Baghdad bomb just a few days ago is near 300. The next ‘big one’ is Saudi and no doubt we will feel compelled to be involved in that one as well.

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          Malcolm Kirk July 8, 2016 11:23 am Reply
          • Scotland has had enough of the Westminster war monkeys.

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            A.Salmon July 8, 2016 7:15 pm
  • In other news, the smarmy chinless wonder,Hammond tell those who would listen,he is going to have informal EU talks with the Germans.
    Senior German official says” no he’s not until they sign A50″
    Hammond reportedly walked of like a sulky little boy!

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    A.Salmon July 8, 2016 2:48 pm Reply

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