Syria, Iraq, the United Kingdom and the Chilcot inquiry delayed again

Syria, Iraq, the United Kingdom and the Chilcot inquiry delayed again

Matteo Angioli
Membro del Consiglio Generale del Partito Radicale
Mon, 09/02/2013

As the United States and France are taking time in the preparation of a possible military attack in Syria, the House of Commons in Westminster rejected the intervention with 285 votes against 272In some way this result is the heritage of a Labour Party different from Tony Blair's one. The voting result is probably due to the work of former British Foreign Affairs Minister, the late Robin Cook, whose steadfastness led to the vote in the House before military conflict. Cook, contrary to the 2003 war, resigned from office with a memorable speech in Parliament only a few days before the start of the Iraqi conflict. 

Contrary to the war at this moment, next to Emma Bonino who warns openly against the risks of a global conflict, are former French Foreign Affairs Minister Dominique de Villepin, who in 2003 pushed up until the very last for more time for the UNMOVIC inspectors, and Virgin-magnate Richard Branson, who in 2003 took action together with Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan to personally convince Saddam Hussein to retreat into exile.

Among those in favor of military intervention, we find next to François Hollande also Tony Blair and his former Chief of Communication Alastair Campbell. According to the Daily Mail Campbell counts on an intervention in Syria by the government of David Cameron to dilute the toxic effects produced by the Blair government with the 2003 Iraq war. On this account, last Wednesday only, 10 attacks caused about 65 casualties in Baghdad. The Iraqi Government aims at diminishing the continuing violence not through specific policies, but by lying about the actual number of victims.

In the mean time, British daily newspaper The Independent is sure about yet another delay in the publication of the final report by the Chilcot Inquiry, now foreseen in early 2014, andLe Monde correspondent Eric Albert writes from London: "United Kingdom is no longer the land of liberties"

Translation: Laura Harth


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Mentre Stati Uniti e Francia prendono ancora tempo prima di un eventuale attacco militare in Siria, la Camera dei Comuni a Westminster ha votato sull'intervento respingendolo con 285 voti a 272. Questo risultato è in qualche modo l'eredità di un Labour Party diverso da quello di Tony Blair.