“Saddam Hussein’s regime is

despicable, he is developing weapons

of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked.”

–Tony Blair, House of Commons – April, 2002.

In 2003, the Bush-Blair coalition launched a bombing campaign in Iraq under the premise that the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein possessed chemical weapons which would bring mass destruction to the world and especially to the western powers. War-torn Iraq was left in a state of devastation in 2011 when the coalition withdrew. However, a question was left in everybody’s mind; was the Iraq war an inevitable occurrence? The answer was found more than a decade later, on July 6, 2016. The Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, also known as the Chilcot inquiry, John Chilcot, said in his report that there was no ‘imminent threat’ from Saddam Hussein. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who had voted against the invasion in 2003, said that the report proved that the Iraq War had been an “act of military aggression launched on a false pretext”. Corbyn believes that it is the U.K. Government’s responsibility to give the International Criminal Court the authority to put to trial all those who were responsible for ‘the crime of military aggression’. Without a second thought, the Iraqi invasion was a crime against humanity; a jingoistic and brutal military move which took the lives of many civilians and violated the sovereignty of a state. Iraq couldn’t stabilise itself in the aftermath of the invasion and eventually fell under the repressive regime of the Islamic State. In the event of the invasion the flag bearers of human rights so openly supersede their own principles, which is why they must be punished.