Chilcot – Jail Blair

by Katie Bonnar

This is what happened. Tony Blair and George Bush took a decision took a decision to attack Iraq and overthrow its government. It did so not to help the Iraqi people or because Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator. America has supported brutal dictatorships all over the world as it once enthusiastically supported Saddam Hussein. It did so to gain control of Iraq’s oil reserves and to put a weak and compliant government in Baghdad.

What both America and Britain lacked was a reason to go to war that would satisfy their own largely cynical electorate and would stand up in international law so they had to invent reasons. In America it was the fight against terrorism. The American Government ran an incessant campaign linking the Baghdad regime with international terrorism. This was a complete lie as no such links ever existed. At one stage they even convinced a majority of Americans that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11.

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Download A Marxist case for IndependenceIn this issue, the Scottish Socialist Party’s John McAllion – former Labour MP and MSP – explains why he thinks the Scottish Labour Party is a shadow of its former self. This theme is also taken up by Labour for independence’s Allan Grogan, and SSP workplace organiser Richie Venton in his piece ‘Ructions after the referendum’. 

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