Of prime importance is the political culture within which, ultimately, all key decisions on war and peace are made. Where spin – and, at times, mendacity – is the order of the day, the truth will suffer. Without truthfulness, decisions will be hedged by other considerations, including ambition and fear.
A truly objective inquiry will point out the ease with which those in senior positions in government, in the media, and in the forces, were able to convince themselves against the evidence of the justice of this war.
Thus, the very people who should have put the brakes on the rush to an illegal and immoral war, actually facilitated its implementation.
This moral failure at the very top of our civil structures is possibly the most instructive phenomenon of all.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Kilfoyle on the Inquiry
The Yorkshire Post has a piece from Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle, whose book, Lies, damned lies and Iraq, is , as you might guess, "An Indepth Analysis into the Case for War and How It Was Misrepresented". Kilfoyle says of the forthcoming inquiry: