Good faith and (dis)honest mistakes? Learning from Britain's Iraq War Inquiry

Thomas, Owen D.
November 2017
Politics;Nov2017, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p371
Academic Journal
The recent 'Chilcot' Inquiry judged that British participation in the 2003 Iraq War was neither right nor necessary. When reading the final report of over 2.6 million words, I warn against seeking accountability solely in terms of intent and individual culpability, such as questioning whether the government deceived the public. There also needs to be an examination of the rationalities and power relations that allowed figures such as Tony Blair to believe, and still believe, that the war was for the common good. Doing so reveals how the preemptive logics behind the war endure today.


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