The recent surge of violence in Iraq is a legacy of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who joined the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, a UK Home Office minister says.
Norman Baker told the Daily Mail newspaper that the intervention by Blair and former US President George W. Bush in Iraq in 2003 has now led to the destabilization of Iraq.
The Liberal-Democrat politician, who is a longstanding critic of the Iraq war, said the move by the two countries left the Arab country vulnerable to extremism.
Earlier last month, the British government prevented the release of the full account of secret conversations between Blair and Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war. Referring to the cover-up, Baker said “The British people have a right to know what was done in their name without it being filleted by those who would like to keep some matters secret.”
“We are now led to believe Tony Blair is happy to have everything published. I urge him now to call for that publicly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague on Thursday ruled out the prospect of any British military involvement in Iraq in the wake of advances by the militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) there.
UK forces participated in the US-led invasion of Iraq in a blatant violation of international law in 2003 under the pretext that the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which proved false.
The Takfiri ISIL militants gained control of parts of Iraq’s northern areas on June 10. The militants first took control of Nineveh Province, including its provincial capital, Mosul. The terrorists have vowed to march toward the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.