The real legacy of the war in Iraq has been exposed this week.
This, together with the appearance of Tony Blair in front of the Chilcot inquiry, has reignited anger over the Iraq war.
Many people are rightly sceptical about the outcome of Blair’s hearing—it will not be the grilling the majority wants. But the lies and horror of the war continue to seep out.
An official Iraqi study found more than 40 sites across the country were contaminated with high levels of radiation and toxins.
These are the result of the use of depleted uranium shells by US and British forces in Iraq.
Iraq’s energy resources continue to be sold off. The Iraqi government has signed a deal with oil giants Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell PLC to develop a major oil field in the south of the country.
This gives ownership of the oil fields to the companies for 20 years. There are an estimated 8.6 billion barrels of oil in West Qurna.
George Bush and Blair’s war has left a trail of destruction. There are 4.5 million Iraqi refugees inside and outside the country. Electricity supplies have dropped dramatically in Baghdad.
In 2008, 61 percent of Iraqis said that they believed that the US military presence made the security situation worse. Many want the occupiers out of their country as soon as possible.
The price for the Iraq war has been paid by the one million killed—the estimate of the most credible surveys. Blair is responsible for this—and Gordon Brown signed the cheques.
On Monday at least 36 people died in coordinated suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad and in shoot-outs between security forces.
The police threat to impose a ring of steel around the Chilcot inquiry on Friday when Blair appears is another attempt to protect the guilty.
Undaunted the Stop the War Coalition organised a whole day of events outside the inquiry. They include a protest in the morning, then speeches, performances and music throughout the day.
A naming of some of the many war dead was also to be held. Those reading the names included members of Military Families Against the War, who have lost loved ones in Blair’s wars.
The Iraqi people deserve a voice in this inquiry, to tell their side of the story.
As they have been deprived of this right, it is the role of the anti-war movement to make Blair’s appearance a nightmare.
Protest from 8am Friday 29 January, Queen Elizabeth Conference centre, SW1P 3EE. Nearest tube Westminster. Go to » www.stopwar.org.uk for more information