Was there a “precipitate rush to war” with Iraq?

January 12, 2010

BRITAIN-IRAQ/Testimony by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director Alastair Campbell at a public inquiry over Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war shows that Blair agreed to support U.S. military action if diplomacy failed.

Campbell said that there was no “precipitate rush to war” although Blair wrote to former U.S. President George W. Bush offering support for military action if Iraq President Saddam Hussein did not agree to United Nations disarmament demands.

Political concerns over links between weapons of mass destruction, rogue states and terrorism led to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, amid global protests over the legality of the war.

Do you agree with Campbell that there was no “rush to war”?

[poll id=”2″]

One comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

It does not matter whether there was a “prcipitate rush”. In fact the Americans might have gone to war earlier if Blair had not insisted on trying to go through the UN, or if we had not been involved at all.

What matters is whether the war was legal and whether we should have gone along with the USA, when they had obviously decided on regime change whatever the circumstance. As regime change is not a legal casus belli we should clearly not have been involved.

Blair made an honest statement on one occasion (!) when he said to a BBC interviewer that he was concerned to stop nuclear proliferation and that “we had to start somewhere”. This was at a time when Pakistan was the main source of technical knowledge and equipment for the development of nuclear weapons and was selling them to North Korea, Iran and Libya. Saddam Hussein actually refused to buy from Pakistan when a deal was offered.

Iraq was a relatively soft target compared with Pakistan or Iran or North Korea, and there were plenty of other reasons for attacking Iraq, including the control of the oil and “they tried to kill my Daddy”!

The USA needed an enemy after the end of the Cold War and Iraq was a convenient choice for the warmongers in the Republican Party. Runsfeld, Rove and Cheney had their plans already laid long before 9/11 gave them an excuse for war.

Posted by Enagro | Report as abusive