The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War of 2003 will now not report its findings until 2016. That, of course, is quite disgraceful. The great and the good who were concerned in promoting the Iraq War desire the war to be treated as history rather than current affairs. The longer the inquiry lasts the less possibility there is of any key people in the decision making ever being called to account for their actions or face any proceedings that justice may require.
At one time the Iraq War used to be justified, after the fact, on the basis that Iraq and the world was a better safer place with Saddam Hussein deposed than it was when Saddam was in power. Twelve years after the war started we can examine that justification and find it is entirely flawed. We see
- About 100,000 Iraqi civilians died as a result of the war
- About 6,000 Allied Solders were killed and 35,000 were wounded
- Virtually every day explosions and politically motivated violence and killings occur in Iraq
- ISIS are in control of vast parts of Iraq and are beheading and killing people who are not of their brand of religion or who simply disagree with them
- Extremism has risen as have the number of terrorist incidents related to the views of a certain sect
- Much of the infrastructure of Iraq has been destroyed
- There is just as much, if not more, injustice, deprivation and fear now in Iraq as there was under Saddam.
Chilcot’s Inquiry may make no difference to the world and it seems the more obvious it becomes that Iraq was a better place under Saddam the longer it will take Chilcot to conclude his deliberations and publish his report.