Hello readers! This morning, I turned my TV on and tuned into Sky News and I was met with a load of waffle. I immediately thought ‘what on earth is this?’ It is just after this point I realised that it was coverage of the Iraq Inquiry.
The Iraq Inquiry, under the chairmanship of Sir John Chilcot, was set up to inspect the Iraq war and the events surrounding the war within the period of 2001 to 2009. The inquiry will cover; the decision to go to war, whether troops were properly prepared, how the conflict was conducted and what planning there was for its aftermath.
So while I was watching the coverage of the inquiry on Sky News I thought to myself ‘who cares?’ I certainly don’t. Don’t get me wrong, yes it is important to learn lessons from past conflicts so that future conflicts can be conducted swiftly and efficiently. And yes it is important to hold such inquiries in public so that those people who have made mistakes can be named and shamed. But I don’t want to be subjected to it every time I tune into the news, to catch up with what is going on in the world.
People seem to believe that because an inquiry is public, the general public should be subjected to saturation coverage every time they turn on their TV. Surely those people who organise and perform the inquiries are able to take advantage of new media and stream live coverage over the internet. And for those who do not have access to the internet, they could always buy a newspaper.
However, I suspect that all this won’t matter because I believe that this inquiry was set up to state that the war was wrong and to place Tony Blair’s balls on a silver platter for the anti-war loons. I also believe that the inquiry will have-a-go at the Bush administration as well.
All of this is just simply ignorant because the Iraq War was the right war. Saddam Hussein had to be removed from power as he was a danger to: his neighbours; Israel; British troops serving in Cyprus; and the rest of world, via international terrorism. Not to mention the danger he posed to his own people.
The liberal left seem hell bent on going on witch hunts and holding those responsible, for the war, to account. When, as far as I am concerned, they should be rewarding those responsible with prizes, medals and statues. Tony Blair should be hailed as a hero for the way he stood up to Europe and sided with President George W Bush over the Iraq war. And as for President Bush, he should be awarded with the Noble Peace Prize for bringing peace and stability to Iraq.
But will the Iraq Inquiry recognise the good that these great men have done? I suspect not. Which brings me to my original question about the Iraq Inquiry; who cares?