Earlier British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that US intelligence had serious doubts as to whether Saddam Hussein had been a regime of Iraqi dictatorship at that time, but that he did not share his doubts with London.
Brown, who was a finance minister for Tony Blair’s Labor Party at the Iraqi invasion, quoted early on Sunday as saying in the autobiographical book of the British press on Sunday. Donald Rumsfeld, the then US Defense Secretary, made an intelligence study before the war. there was no knowledge of Iraqi warship facilities for the production, testing or storage of biological and chemical weapons at that time.
According to Brown’s quoted report, US intelligence had no reliable information on whether a nuclear development program was in Iraq – 90 percent of the intelligence data on it was termed “inaccurate” by the report, but the services indicated to Rumsfeld their doubts as to whether, whether Iraq is capable of producing long-range missiles.
The former British finance minister, who has been Prime Minister of the country for three years since 2007, says in his autobiography My Life, Our Times, “astonishing” that Washington did not share this report with the British government.
Gordon Brown said it was up to the deliberate misleading of London.
Brown notes in his book that Iraq had no deployable chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, and had no plans to attack the members of the international military arsenal against it. According to Brown, the “just war” criteria were not met either: the invasion was not the ultimate means of resolving the Iraqi crisis and the military intervention of almost a decade and a half ago – in which 179 British soldiers were killed – can not be considered a “proportional response” either.
The same conclusion came from the British expert report on the Iraq war published last July, which was the result of the largest exploratory investigation of universal British political history.
The twelve-volume, 2.6-million-word report compiled by the seven-year work stated that at the time of the invasion, military intervention was not the ultimate option for settling the Iraqi crisis, and Saddam Hussein’s regime was no longer a direct threat to the outside world. The study found that Britain joined the Iraqi operations so that it would have been possible to pacify the arms of the Iraqi regime at that time.
The Independent Investigation Commission was not responsible for examining the legitimacy of the war, but the report stated that “far from satisfactory” was the way Tony Blair’s government declared legitimate Britain’s accession to US-led military intervention.
The investigation also clearly revealed that Britain joined the war in Iraq on the basis of erroneous intelligence and assessment.
Tony Blair, who left the British political life in 2007, largely because of the war in Iraq, caused political tensions, acknowledging that the current intelligence assessments were wrong and apologized to the 179 British soldiers who died in the war in Iraq, and the commission estimates “there are at least 150,000, but probably more than, of the Iraqi victim’s relatives”.
Source: MTI / Image: wikimediacommons /