In the welter of headlines on Tony Blair's honesty, the consequences of the decision to go to war could be lost. Whether deplying a pack of lies or a bundle of sincerity, Blair and his New Labour MPs took Britain to war in line with a strategic outlook; to back the US in a unipolar world. They were cheered on by the anti-Europe brigades of Rupert Murdoch, Michael Howard and most Tory MPs.But Blair said that we won't be invading Iran and he wouldn't lie, would he?
As British citizens of Iraqi origin, we are daily reminded by friends and relatives in Iraq of the war's consequences: over 100,000 civilians killed, vast areas contaminated by depleted uranium shells, prisoners tortured, historic sites and libraries destroyed, and gangsters and terrorists allowed to wreak havoc.
Most British people opposed to the war, but without rejecting the Blair-Howard axis of pro-war candidates on Thursday, Britain will continue to be implicated in the Iraq war crimes and will inevitably be dragged deeper into a wider US-led war.
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