The UK Inquiry report on the Iraq invasion chaired by Sir John Chilcot was made public on 6 th July 2016 . Global media, Satellite TV station, Digital platform based TV such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, RT, Astro Awani gaves an extensive round the clock coverage of the issue.
The Chilcot report basically exposed the invasion on Iraq in 2003 and the hanging of Saddam Hossein were based on faulty intelligence. It is suprising that this extremely highly respected spying technology nation has been transformed from James Bond to Johnny English like security monitoring.
“There was no imminent threat from Saddam and the intelligence case was not justified” stressed Sir John Chilcot on BBC News. The report also found Blair assessment of the threat posed by Saddam went too far ahead of the available intelligence.
Faulty intelligence was found to be relied upon by former UK Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair whereby in July 2002 in one of his note to former US President, George Bush wrote, “I will be with you whatever”. Blair failed to consult his senior cabinet Ministers and they were not aware of the note written by Blair to Bush. The Chilcot reports says that they should have seen those notes. Blair was seen to be too concern to keep Britain special bond with the US.
A former security official during President Bush responsible for Iraqi war was interviewed in CNN shortly after the report was released told CNN that the US and the UK attacked on Iraq was legal as it was based on Saddam Hossein non compliance of UN resolution on weapon of mass destruction (WMD).
It should however be stressed here that the invasion can’t be legal as there is no WMD ever found therefore there is nothing for Saddam to comply.
RT further reported on 7th July 2016 quoting Chilcot, that M16 used hoax WMD reports based on action film, “The Rock” starring Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery in 1996, to justify Iraq invasion.
“It was pointed out that glass containers were not typically used in chemical munitions and that a popular movie (The Rock) had inaccurately deoeicted nerve agents being carried in glass heads ot spheres,” the Chilcot report says.
M16 later discovered the source had been lying “over a period of time”.
Chilcot says M16 worked on the “misguided assumption’’ that Saddam had WMD and made no effort to investigate otherwise.
Meanwhile BBC News reported that, “Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn – who voted against military action – said the report proved the Iraq War had been an “act of military aggression launched on a false pretext”,something he said which has “long been regarded as illegal by the overwhelming weight of international opinion.”
After meeting relatives of British service people killed in Iraq, Mr Corbyn said: “I now apologise sincerely on behalf of my party for the disastrous decision to go to war.
“He urged the UK to back moves to give the International Criminal Court” the power to prosecute those responsible for the crime of military aggression “Vallerie O’Neil says she will never forgive Blair, her youngest son Christ was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2007.
She said that Blair, “didnt listen to intelligence…..no matter what anybody said to him Tony Blair was going to war with George Bush’’ while her daughter desribed Tony Blair as the “world worst terrorist’’ on BBC News to the clapping audience.
A billion pound question is whether Mr Blair will face prosecution at the International Criminal Court? A further one billion dollar question is whether Mr Bush will as well be charged as well?
Mr Blair immediate response can be found also in Astro Awani quoting AFP report, “Former British prime minister Tony Blair voiced “sorrow, regret and apology”; after a damning report on the Iraq war Wednesday, but said he did not mislead parliament and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein.
“I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe,” said Blair, his voice breaking with emotion in a speech in central London.
Mr Bush immediate response through his communication director was merely that he has not read the report yet. Don’t he watch CNN and BBC News?
In November 2011, the world media gaves a special coverage to the trial of Bush and Blair at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. The lengty trial where both did not attend even though all relevant court papers were duly served to them resulted in the Tribunal ordering and appointing counsels to represent both of them to argue their case.
Severals highly respected former judges from all over the world were appointed for the trial led by the former Federal Court judge of Malaysia, YA Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found that both accused has breached the United Nation Charter and various provisions of International laws.
The Tribunal further found that the so called evidence of WMD by the US was merely an academic research (Thesis) by a postgraduate student that were converted to become as, “intelligence report’’ claiming that Iraq owned WMD. Bush and Blair were duly advised by their legal team that the proposed war was illegal but there went ahead with the invasion of Iraq in a coalition of 40 nations led by the US and closely assisted by the UK.
Youtube media reports and coverage of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal can be found by typing, ‘’ Bush Blair guilty of war crimes”.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal was an initiatives led by the 4 th Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad through Perdana Global Peace Foundation and Perdana Leadership Foundation.
The Tribunal decision resulted in both accused names has been entered into Kuala Lumpur War Criminals Register and effort were initiated to attempt to register them in other countries as well.
The whole trial were recorded on video and it should serve as a good guide for the proposed International Criminal Court proceeding preparation by all relevant parties if we are serious in determining to teach those who committed war crimes receive a good lesson that they will never forget in their whole life. Res Ipsa Loquitor.
Dr Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar Advocate & Solicitor