Thursday, 11 February 2010

refused to back Iraq

here is an extract from a post on Mr Salter's Telegraph blog:

Clare Short had far greater access to information and intelligence data about Saddam’s real threat to world peace than the rest of us 139 backbenchers who refused to back not "voted against" as you told everyone who would listen Martin. You abstained on that vote, possibly the most important one in any UK Parliament since the 1930s, at the urging of the whips. and then lied about it. Proud of yourself? the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Did this former Cabinet Minister seriously think that bombing Iraq was going to help kick start the Middle East peace talks or improve relations between the Arab world and the West? Probably not, but she was wrong. It did. Did she really cast aside all her worries about the illegality of the war in the absence of a second UN resolution on the promise of international rebuilding of the bomb-damaged country? No. She got pissed and changed her mind twice. Read Robin Cook’s resignation speech on 18 March 2003, it’s all there. Pity you weren't there to hear it Martin. What was more important that day?
Tony Blair was horribly wrong he was absolutely right about supporting the American invasion of Iraq there was no American invasion, which even you know Martin I am sure, but an invasion by allies, but at least he didn’t try and insult our intelligence by rewriting history at the Chilcot inquiry.
Shame he didn’t say sorry, though. for what? winning elections?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, Blair just evaded the questions and the panel treated him with kid gloves.

theflashingblade said...

If you're going to do the job, do it properly:

"Did this former Cabinet Minister seriously think that bombing Iraq was going to help kick start the Middle East peace talks..."

If Mr Salter was so against bombing Iraq did he do nothing in Parliament during the six years before the invasion when the British and Americans were regularly bombing Iraq from the air? Does this bombing count less than that which was part of the invasion? Is there good bombing with no invasion and bad bombing with invasion? The man's a fool. Thank god he's going, can't come too soon.

jane said...

ooh sorry Blade, will try and do better next time