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Blair isn't solely responsible for war in Iraq... MPs from NI who approved invasion share the blame


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Some of us who opposed the invasion of Iraq are dismayed at the narrative developing that holds Tony Blair solely responsible for the disastrous outcome.

Ours is a parliamentary democracy and the resolution to go to war was determined by our political representatives.

As the decision was a shared one, the blame also must be shared.

Given that vast numbers of innocents are dead as a consequence of the invasion it is not sufficient for those responsible to claim they were duped.

Thousands of ordinary members of the public who marched in opposition were not duped. The 149 MPs in the House who voted against the intervention were not duped.

They weren't persuaded of the case for the war because, as Chilcot said, all of the elements of the potential disaster were "explicitly identified before the invasion".

So, how come the DUP bloc of the Rev Ian Paisley, Nigel Dodds, Jeffrey Donaldson, Gregory Campbell and Peter and Iris Robinson approved the invasion and ignored the warnings of Nelson Mandela, the Pope and most of the United Nations et al?

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This is a question that will not go away - not least because one of the major consequences of the war was the further destabilisation of the Middle East, which led to millions being displaced and fed into the Brexit paranoia about mass immigration which catapulted the UK out of the EU.