25 November 2009
The Chilcot Inquiry opens
The Chilcot Inquiry into the war against Iraq began its deliberations yesterday with a pledge from Chairman Sir John Chilcot that there would be no whitewash. This is pure bollocks, of course, since all five men who make up the inquiry team are establishment figures to their fingertips, and three of them were strong advocates of the aggression to boot. If you have any doubts just look at the potted biographies provided by Craig Murray of these characters.
So expecting anything from the inquiry is probably a bit much, but that is not to say that it will all be a complete waste of time. Information will appear in the public domain thanks to the questioning of the witnesses and that, plus the steady trickle of classified government papers that are finding their way into the newspapers, should be enough to undermine what is left of the warmongers' case.
Our job as socialists is to continue to chip away at the state's legitimacy in the eyes of our own people. The state lied, soldiers died, millions of pounds that could have been used productively were pored down the Iraqi toilet. How can we ever trust anyone from the political class ever again?