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They should hang their heads in shame
AUGUST is a good month to bury bad news, with Parliament on its long summer recess.
So the government decided it was the ideal time for the attorney general to veto the release of documents on the build up to the Iraq war rendering the Chilcot enquiry into this part of his brief null and void at the stroke of a pen and making a mockery of the democracy we were fighting for in Iraq.
It’s a farce when we don’t even have that democracy here when answers over this war will remain a secret for 30 years.
The crux of this matter was discussed by Tony Blair in a phone call to George Bush in March 2003 when it’s alleged the decision was taken to commit British troops to this war and all that was needed was a good reason to go ahead so as by magic the dossier on the "Weapons of mass destruction" appeared before the American Congress and our Parliament.
It was this that committed us to this war and the loss of thousands of troops and over 100,000 civilians and it’s since been proved no such weapons existed.
But all details of the phone calls and correspondence will now remain buried in a Whitehall vault for 30 years.
I think that when our great and good line up at the Cenotaph in November some of them should hang their heads in shame because they have denied the relatives of those brave 179 the answers to the reasons these people sacrificed their lives.
In our open and democratic society is that too much to ask, or is saving face and burying the facts for them the way out of a tricky situation. To me because of what they have done it proves this was a unnecessary war for which others have paid the ultimate price.
Harry Bradbury, Loughrigg Avenue, St Helens