Chilcot: The Iraq war was a failure but we still need a debate
The key findings of the Chilcot report show that the 2003 war on Iraq was a strategic failure and a war that was unnecessary and based on flawed intelligence. As Caabu warned at the time, it was a war for which Britain was ill-prepared and the government under Tony Blair woefully underestimated the challenges.
Caabu welcomes the report but hopes that a more detailed debate continues of exactly how Britain should react in future situations when confronted with a dictatorial regime that has brutalised its people and where sanctions were decimating a civilian population whilst enriching a mafia that surrounded the leader. Doing nothing would have had dangerous consequences too. The crises in Syria and Libya highlight the huge divisions on this issue that remain in British politics.
Commenting on this Caabu director, Chris Doyle said, “For Iraqis, the crisis never began in 2003 and has not ended now in 2016. What they need to see is not just Britain analysing past errors but just how it might be able to help Iraqis extricate themselves from a crisis that Britain helped create. Britain must not forget this responsibility and ignore current events as the recent bombing in Baghdad shows.”
Chilcot judged the past but failed the future by Chris Doyle, 7 July 2016
Chris Doyle interview on Channel 5 news, 6 July 2016 on how the Iraq war helped Al Qaida and ISIS (From 0:47)