Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Guardian: I’d still vote to go to war in Iraq

The Guardian: I’d still vote to go to war in Iraq

by Ann Clwyd

"Parliament voted for military intervention to do the right thing – by Iraq, the region and the wider international community. That does not mean there are easy answers to the threats posed by crazed bloodthirsty dictatorial regimes. The aftermath of the Iraq intervention is held up by some as a case in point.

I am very sad about the lives lost since the intervention – whether they be British, American or Iraqi. It should be remembered, however, that other courses of action have not proved straightforward either – just look at Libya and Syria. Military intervention undoubtedly has considerable costs – but so too does nonintervention.

So would I have still voted in Parliament in 2003 to support military action in Iraq – with the benefit of hindsight and in light of the Chilcot report? Yes. No one will ever be able to convince me that the world is not better off without Saddam Hussein and his Baathist regime in power."

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