Missing witness from Chilcot
There’s one person who was involved with the events running up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 who is sadly unable to give evidence at the Iraq War Inquiry. Seven years ago today, Robin Cook resigned as Leader of the House of Commons in protest at the invasion of Iraq. His resignation speech is as damning now as it was then, and was based around two key issues: there was little support either domestically or internationally for the invasion. Upon that he built a strong case that showed that the imperative for war was weak, built on policy design rather than the evidence.
Cook’s logic over the threat of Saddam Hussein was/is unassailable:
“We cannot base our military strategy on the assumption that Saddam is weak and at the same time justify pre-emptive action on the claim that he is a threat.”
Unfortunately Cook’s voice will not be heard at Chilcot, but his resignation statement should be read in as evidence to the inquiry.