The new tragedies unfolding in Iraq and Tony Blair’s extraordinary intervention have prompted widespread criticism of the decision to invade in 2003. But who are these critics?
The National Press, who almost unanimously were gung-ho cheerleaders for socking it to Saddam;
Labour politicians who voted for the war – led by Jack Straw, who was Foreign Secretary at the time!;
And, typically, amnesiac and opportunistic Tory M.P’s whose votes gave Blair the majority his own ranks denied. Hindsight – aided by self-regarding amnesia – is a shabby gift, dross currency.
Foresight is immeasurably valuable. The Liberal Democrats, who agreed consistently against and voted against the war, were the only Party to evince it.