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Iraq: Blair burned embarrassing 2003 war papers

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(ANSA) – LONDON, JAN 06 – A new revelation on the campaign of lies set in motion to justify Britain’s accession in 2003, under the government of Tony Blair, to the invasion projects of Iraq initiated by the US administration by George W. Bush returns to embarrass the former Labor Prime Minister. In recent days he ended up in the eye of the storm also for the mass protest unleashed against his appointment as knight of the Order of the Garter, supreme honor of the Kingdom, granted to him at the beginning of the year by Queen Elizabeth with the attached title of sir.

To add fuel to the fire of the many accusations made against Blair on this dossier in the past years, it was a former defense minister, Geoff Hoon, who in a memoir recounted a disconcerting episode that took place shortly before the Iraqi war: when Downing Street, on the orders of the then prime minister, sent him the peremptory indication to destroy a key document, a legal opinion signed by the attorney general Peter Goldsmith in which the potential illegality of the reasons underlying a military action in Saddam Hussein’s country. An element that actually adds little to what was known about the responsibilities attributed to the new ‘Sir Tony’ by the very heavy report published in 2016 by the independent Chilcot commission, but which in any case contrasts with what Blair himself solemnly declared a few years ago: that in 2015 had branded the first rumors raised by the Daily Mail as “nonsense”.

Meanwhile, the online petition promoted to ask the queen to reconsider and to revoke for unworthiness the honor accorded to the former architect of New Labor – criticized by large sectors of the British population also for the unscrupulous activities of an overpaid international consultant, including on behalf of regimes authoritarians around the world, undertaken after the end of his political career – has reached 800,000 signatures and is aiming for a million: sealing a collective attention and a reaction that is more unique than rare in the face of the attribution of a royal decoration to a single personality. (HANDLE).

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