Was just about to fold up the tent and steal away for a beer by the riverside but I couldn’t let this lie:
From the journalist who exposed the Iraq War deceits, a searing indictment of MPs’ failure to act against Assad’s brutal regime from Andrew Gilligan
‘Scarred by the hubris and lies of their predecessors, the British and American leaders just did not want to get involved.’
In one respect Gilligan is correct…the Syria vote was a vote in fact on the Iraq war and not Syria…however the finger of blame actually points at Gilligan himself, Humphrys and the BBC for totally changing, falsely in my opinion, Public perceptions and attitude towards the war and thence how politicians conducted that war and subsequently the one in Afghanistan…. essentially being afraid to commit men and resources, and the will power necessary to win those wars outright.
Gilligan goes on:
It is Mr Blair and Mr Campbell who are more directly responsible than anyone else for the disaster that befell Britain on Thursday night.
For the first time in 25 years, and for only the third time in human history, a government intentionally used chemical weapons as instruments of mass murder against its own citizens.
British MPs voted to turn their backs and place their fingers in their ears.
There is no doubt that Parliament spoke for the country. The Blair-style military ambition to “shape events” is precisely, of course, what so many people fear.
The Blair-style protestations about weapons of mass destruction are precisely, of course, what so many people distrust.
But, as someone who was involved in exposing the deceits over Iraq, reporting the concerns of David Kelly, the late MoD weapons scientist, the unfortunate truth is that this time the country is wrong, and Mr Blair and Mr Campbell are right.
And on that bombshell I shall leave you and race for the exit…enjoy the rest of the day’s sunshine.