The long awaited Chilcot inquiry has confirmed what most critics knew all along. The legality of the Iraq war was dubious. The evidence of WMD was a grotesque fabrication. The war should never have taken place. But have we really learnt anything from Iraq? The resounding answer is no and the evidence is all around us.
Iraq is not the aberration or the exception. It is the norm. It is business as usual. Blair was not a poodle to Bush. He was merely maintaining the paramount Anglo-American Atlanticist relationship that is the bulwark of NATO.
The Iraq war was fundamentally about liberalisation of state assets to global capital. It was estimated that Iraq could be worth $100 billion to the US economy. In the process, it was transformed from a secular dictatorship into a Jihadist safe haven. Rumsfeld’s decision to disband Saddam’s Baathist army led to chaos and now makes up a significant component of ISIS. This is a hallmark of colonial-era tactics of divide and rule. The deliberate stoking of tensions through a US sponsored sectarian Shia-led Iraqi government was notable. This ultimately led to the Sunni backlash and the spawning of ISIS.
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