An analyst says as army officers openly criticize the US and UK-led war on Iraq people’s increased awareness might result in those responsible such as Tony Blair to end up as a war criminal.
The comment comes as a former chief of the British Defense Staff General Charles Guthrie says Britain was led into the war in Iraq in a “wholly irresponsible” way.
"It was absolutely irresponsible to go in without thinking of the consequences," Guthrie told The Guardian.
The former top commander, who chaired the defense staff between 1997 and 2001, said the then US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has a “lot to answer” over allowing the Iraqi army to be taken apart, rather than removing its top commanders and clasping “the army to their bosom”.
Press TV has conducted an interview with political commentator, Christopher Walker in London to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Mr. Walker thanks a lot for joining us now. Why has it taken General Guthrie this long to come up with such a statement?
Well, I think people are reviewing ten years on the Iraq war or disasters; they are more and more seeing it. There was evidence given to various inquiries but that tended to be downplayed slightly politically and of course Mr. Blair is no longer a political player.
It is now quite possible for army officers to come out openly and criticize what he did. Some of these criticisms were known in rumor form but they’ve never come out so strongly and I think the real venom in the British military attack as it were that’s been launched in these interviews today is against the American Paul Bremer, the so called governor of Baghdad as appointed by Rumsfeld the defense secretary who made the tragic mistake of disbanding the entire Iraq government and the ruling Ba’ath party of Saddam Hussein.
Therefore there was nobody over which to supervise law and order and that’s why the place collapsed into an orgy of looting
Mr. Walker then you know what will be the real world indications of this sudden openness that we are seeing by former generals such as General Guthrie?
Well, you’ve seen it earlier this week in other interviews, you know a growing suggestion that Mr. Blair really perhaps might end up as a war criminal but it’s really a reinforced view largely among the public.
We have a million people who marched against the war before it was launched but the ordinary people were having the wool pulled over their eyes by an army that was actually disbelieving of a lot of the intelligence and instructions it was getting from the government at 10 Downing Street and 10 Downing Street with itself virtually taking orders from Washington.