Remembering Shock and Awe
March 20, 2018
Exactly 15 years ago, the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq began, with huge support from the British government led by Tony Blair, based on lies that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and constituted a direct threat to the West.
It was a day of profound shame and disgrace that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians (at the very minimum) and that has had lasting and horrendous repercussions - the destabilization of Iraq itself, the torture that first surfaced in the Abu Ghraib scandal in April 2004, massacres like those at Fallujah (also in April 2004) and the prisons - Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper, as well as Abu Ghraib, which "had an incendiary effect on the insurgency", as the Guardian explained in 2014 - leading eventually to the creation of Daesh (Islamic State).
Those responsible for this entire debacle, who, as a result of the war's clear illegality, are therefore guilty of war crimes, include George Bush and Tony Blair, and yet both men are still at liberty.