Ahead of the publication of the Chilcot report on Wednesday, Veterans For Peace UK have released the following statement on the 2003 Iraq War and its consequences.
Whatever the Chilcot Report says, this country and its armed forces executed a war of aggression on the people of Iraq in 2003.
In a joint enterprise with the USA, we prosecuted an occupation of Iraq that defied the Geneva conventions.
Under the Nuremberg principles, those ultimately responsible should face trial.
Whilst Tony Blair is the obvious villain and in our opinion should face a criminal investigation, it is the UK as a whole that needs to change.
Since Iraq, our forces have attacked Helmand, Libya, Iraq and Syria. We are playing a key role in the Saudi Arabian attack on the Yemen.
Our aggressive military action has led to:
- Huge numbers of dead and injured.
- The destruction of vital infrastructure.
- Environmental damage.
- A significant rise in terrorism globally.
- A huge refugee crisis.
We need to accept that war is not the solution to the problems the world faces in the 21st Century.