The Iraq Inquiry established 5 years ago to analyse the decisions to go to Iraq and identify the lessons that can be learned will finally publish its report in the upcoming year. The major challenges for the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry to be produced was overcome with the UK’s decision to declassify the details of Tony Blair and George Bush’s secret talks prior to the military intervention to Iraq.
With the major emphasis of the Iraq Inquiry on the reasons for and discussions around the decision of Tony Blair to intervene in Iraq along with the US, the disclosure of the correspondence was critical to the very significance of the Inquiry. Without unfolding the bilateral talks on the highest level per se, the logical essence of the Inquiry would have been incomplete.
The debate over the issue of intervention to Iraq with the US, while the other world powers condemned it, split the UK into two a decade ago. The legitimacy of the US intervention was and still remains very questionable.
The major criticism towards Tony Blair was his incapability to challenge the US illegal military operation. Instead, Blair legitimized his own support of the US with the same alleged accusations reported in the infamously know Iraq Dossier based on the Joint Intelligence Committee report and historically proved to be heavily “spinned”.
Despite the undesirable consequences that the Iraq Inquiry report may bring to Tony Blair and other major actors involved in the decision-making process just before 2003, the benefits the UK and its society can get from its publishing are extremely significant.
The perks of the production of the Inquiry’s report seem enormous. Firstly, the Iraq Inquiry report promises to clarify the mystery and controversy in which the UK decision to intervene was shredded. Secondly, it will play a great role in determination of Blair’s historical role. For the Prime Minister, Iraq was the central, or at least the loudest, episode in the political career.
Yet, what makes the report truly significant is the very precedent of its publishing. The Inquiry aimed, as described on the official page, to draw lessons for the future generations, is destined to represent a lesson by itself. It demonstrates the power of law, of truth, of democratic rights for the information and undermine the illusive immunity of high profile figures in the face of the named principles. Therein, as a laudable precedent of revealing the controversial past, the Iraq Inquiry report has a potential for strengthening up the UK political scene.
It is a great achievement of the UK legislation that the investigation took place and its results will be publicly announced when the political incident of Iraq intervention has yet been uncovered yet with the layer of dust and represents a lively issue of international affairs. The traces of Iraq war are far from being vanished. Iraq still makes on a permanent basis breaking news headlines of the mainstream media. It is still a vitally important country in the region, imbedded in instability. Neither the figure of Tony Blair is hidden on the backstage of British politics. Under these conditions the lessons drawn from what can be easily called the most significant episode of the UK post-cold war foreign policy will stronger resonate in the minds of the society and will be implemented more effectively.
Do the perks of the Iraq Inquiry report’s publishing legitimize the UK’s decision to publish the highly secret correspondence of Tony Blair and George Bush?