Tony Blair’s admission that the 2003 invasion of Iraq may have contributed to the creation of ISIS only sows the seeds for yet more lies and distortions.
The Iraq War did not contribute directly to the creation of ISIS. However Saudi Arabia and some Gulf States most certainly did, together with willing aid and assistance from their allies in Israel and the West.
To claim that the Gulf War contributed to the creation of ISIS, if only indirectly, is disingenuous. Insofar as it supports the official narrative while it pointedly ignores the direct contributions that the West and its allies have made in the creation of ISIS.
So we can dismiss Blair’s “admission” just as we can ignore the media response. Neither is entirely honest and they both support the official narrative about ISIS, while making significant factual omissions.
In effect Blair’s acknowledgment is no more than a limited hangout: which by definition is the deliberate revelation of some information or a partial admission of guilt in order to prevent other, more damaging information being revealed.
In this case Blair’s “admission” is being used to divert attention from the fact that the West didn’t just play a role in the formation of ISIS when it invaded Iraq. It was in fact knowingly involved in the creation of the terror group with the provision of arms,training, finance and recruits.
Fortunately however, not everyone is buying Blair’s admission. A number of MPs and the families of British soldiers who died in Iraq have rejected Blair’s statement as spin and 10 years too late.
Trouble is, although the lies that led to the Iraq invasion are finally becoming apparent the elite have contrived a new set of lies to replace them.
So now we are faced with a new threat. Instead of Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction we are now faced with the menace of Islamic State; and just as Saddam had been armed and equipped by the West during his war with Iran, so Islamic State has been covertly aided by the West and its allies.
How long will it before the Western public wakes up to this? Ed
Britain’s Blair says 2003 Iraq invasion played role in Islamic State rise
Reuters — Oct 25, 2015
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the 2003 invasion of Iraq played a part in the rise of the Islamic State militant group, and apologised for some mistakes in planning the war, in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Blair’s decision to send troops to back the U.S.-led invasion is still a live political issue in Britain, where a six-year public inquiry into the conflict is yet to publish its findings.
Asked whether the offensive was the principal cause of the rise of Islamic State, which now controls large areas of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, Blair said there were “elements of truth” in that.
“Of course, you can’t say that those of us who removed (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam (Hussein) in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015,” Blair told U.S. network CNN.
Critics say the U.S. decision to disband Saddam Hussein’s army after the invasion created a huge security vacuum exploited by al Qaeda, which was eventually replaced by Islamic State.
Some former Iraqi army officers, members of the Sunni Muslim minority which says it has been marginalised by the Shi’ite-led government backed by Western powers, are senior strategists in Islamic State. The Iraqi government says it has not marginalised Sunnis.
Blair said the “Arab Spring” uprisings across the region also affected Iraq, and pointed out that Islamic State had risen out of a base in Syria, not Iraq.
Blair apologised for what he described as mistakes in planning and intelligence before the war and in preparations for would happen once Saddam was removed, but said it had been the right decision.
“We have tried intervention and putting down troops in Iraq; we’ve tried intervention without putting in troops in Libya; and we’ve tried no intervention at all but demanding regime change in Syria. It’s not clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better,” he said.
“I find it hard to apologise for removing Saddam. I think, even from today in 2015, it is better that he’s not there than that he is there.”
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Andrew Heavens)