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First world war soldier joins protest as Chilcot reports on Iraq war


This protester - his face suitably in shadow from a Bliar placard - served to remind the gathering crowds and media at the Queen Elizabeth conference centre, where Sir John Chilcott was delivering his damning verdicts on the invasion of Iraq -  of  the timeline between the WW1 centenary and the invasion of Iraq.  

The inquiry's gestation time was three times that of the fighting of World War One and was found to  have extended its bloody reach yet further into the future.

For intervention in the Middle East from the breaking of promises made to the Arabs as they revolted against Ottoman rule in 1916, to the invasion of Iraq 87 years later was all about strategic influence and oil.  From Sykes-Picot to Blair-Bush; the destabilisation of the region has seen no let up.  

I attended the event at Westminster that afternoon, where Jeremy Corbyn apologised on behalf of the Labour Party for the invasion and its terrible consequences. Most of us in that room knew that Jeremy had campaigned magnificently against it, building for the march of millions on February 15th 2003.  

Yet his speech contained no point scoring. It was dignified, profound and moving  - presenting that part of his party's recent history with statesman like gravitas.  

Relatives of those killed were in the room, and he had had a private meeting with them beforehand.  That Jeremy Corbyn, is now in position as leader to have given that speech is some cause for hope for future world peace.  

Source: No Glory in War


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