Iraq War, Chilcot Inquiry … and Clare Short

Sir Chilcot has officially released his findings on Iraq war Inquiry along with recommendations on how a similar situation could be better handled in future.

Full report available at http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/

Some of the main findings to quote BBC as follows:

Chilcot_Main_Findings

It took Sir Chilcot more than

  • 7 years
  • 10 million pounds
  • 12 volumes and
  • 2.6 million words

to confirm what Clare Short gave as her reasons to resign from Bliar’s Government.

It’s an irony that the person who manipulated the parliament was appointed as the Middle East Peace envoy.

It’s criminal that even after 13 years of Iraq war, 250+ innocent Iraqi citizens died in Baghdad this Sunday.

What peace has been achieved by the Iraq war and the Peace Envoy?

Should the responsible person(s) come out of these offences lightly?

It appears the 12 volumes of 2.3 million words do not contain answer for these queries.

What is your opinion?

 

 

 

 

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Bullies on the street… this time against Syria

Obama has warned Syria against the use of chemical weapons.  UK too joins US in warning Syria.

Bullies are out again, against yet another sovereign middle-east country.   The lie has been started by US President; head of 51st US state, Cameron, is singing along.

World has seen this duet before – last time, the lyrics contained “WMD”; this time the followers of Goebbels chant “chemical weapons”.

Please note: it is only a week before that Syria has assured the world that it will not use chemical weapons against the rebels!  Obama took cue from this statement and realised that a war cry against a far-way Muslim country is a good boost for his election campaign.

The world CANNOT afford another Iraq and Afghanistan.  Instead of sorting out the mess they created, how can US and UK think of starting yet another invasion?

Of course, I am not against a solution for the Syrian crisis – but please, not by Western intervention!  The issue should be resolved peacefully by UN mediation – and it should start with a ceasefire, urgently put in place by UN leadership.  It is high time UN live up to its responsibilities and stop bullies from bullying around.

Libya – another country of continuous battle?

Turmoil in yet another Middle-East country has reached its mostly-expected climax.  Rebel forces with assistance from NATO have reached Tripoli, and have started establishing their authority.  While there are similarities and differences to Afghanistan and Iraq wars, let us sincerely hope Libya will not turn in to yet another country of continuous battle ground.

NATO and its members have a lot to celebrate.  What started as an “honest” action to enforce UN resolution – to “protect civilians” by establishment of “no-fly zone” – has now almost ended with their expected end-result –topple “rough” Government of a “rough” country which does not salute the so-called Western superpowers.

I am not supporting Gaddafi and his anti-democratic rule.  Nor I am supporting his so-called atrocities and mistakes over past few decades.  But who gives NATO, US, France and UK authority to take sides on a civil war?  If the UN resolution is to “protect civilians”, how can that that be achieved by bombing only the pro-Gaddafi areas of Libya?  Even if we agree that the initial protests against Gaddafi a few months ago were “peacefully” demonstrated by “civilians”, how can one justify the AK-47s and anti-tank missiles in hands of “peaceful” demonstrators?

If UK’s Cameron Government can order his police to use “full force of law” against London rioters and tuition-fee ”terrorists”, what would he have done against gun-brandishing “peaceful rebels” ?  If this Con-Dem Government can order its legal system to give 4-years jail sentence to a Facebook-rioter, how would they react to a Libyan-model civil war?  What would you expect from your country’s Government if gun-carrying mob start havoc in your home town?  What worse has Gaddafi done in Benghazi, against those heavy-weaponry carrying rebels?

All of us know that UN is too meek to ask these strong questions to US, UK or NATO.  But why are China, Russia, Japan and India silent?   Why rest of the world is feeling comfort in NATO’s explanations for bombing innocent pro-Gaddafi civilians?

Consciously committed mistake of arming Taliban of Afghanistan in 1970-80s to remove Najibullah Government has yet again been repeated by US and its Western allies – by providing arms and ammunition to Libyan rebels.  The only unknown thing is, when those guns will look for new targets.  Let us hope that it will never happen.  But history does not offer that comfort feeling…

I still look at Libya with cautious optimism – with all the hopes of an eternal optimist, but with complete knowledge that another time-bomb has been set already…..