quinta-feira, 7 de julho de 2016

Chilcot Commission: "invasion of Iraq was a fact of historic gravity"

The Working Group Chairman, sir John Chilcot, starts the presentation as follows:

"The investigation did not intend to define when it's legal or illegal military action. However, we concluded that the circumstances under which it was decided that there was no legal basis for military action of the United Kingdom were far from satisfactory ".

In 2002, Saddam Hussein's Iraq was under UN sanctions and inspectors were trying to determine whether the country had a program of weapons of mass destruction-chemical or nuclear weapons. Saddam played cat and mouse with the United Nations for 11 years.

By that time, the United Kingdom began to abandon its policy of p eaceful restraint to move closer to the aggressive stance of George Bush.

"The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction-chemical, biological and potentially nuclear, is a real threat. Therefore, the purpose of our debate is to find the correct approach to deal with this. Because we have to deal with this, "claimed the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, days before in Parliament, present this potential threat as evident, citing a document of 50 pages.

"This leads to the conclusion that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam Hussein continues to produce them, that he has military plans to use chemical and biological weapons, which can be activated in 45 minutes", wholeheartedly.

"The convictio ns about Iraq's capabilities, nestediscurso and in the dossier published on the same day, were presented with a certainty that was not warranted," rebate now John Chilcot.

After all, the United Kingdom launched on military intervention, according to the report, could have been needed at another time but, in March 2003, Saddam Huissein did not represent an immediate threat.

The United Kingdom assumes the responsibility of four provinces in southeastern Iraq, without the military and civilian capabilities to ensure security, according to the report.

"The preparations of the Government did not have in mind the magnitude of the task of stabilisation, reconstruction and administration of Iraq and of the responsibilities which may fall on the United Kingdom", concludes the rapporteur.

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