Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has defied the findings of an scathing inquiry into his decision to assist the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, saying the war has made the world a “better place.”
The inquiry, headed by Sir John Chilcot, published its 6,000-page report on Wednesday, saying that London’s most controversial military engagement since World War II was based on “flawed intelligence” about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction. In response to the report, Blair said Wednesday that he accepts “full responsibility” for the decision, admitting that the invasion was based on wrong intelligence.
Blair said there was no other option left for Britain back then as London was Washington’s “core partner” in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Blair “took an active and leading role” building a coalition to counter the threat of terrorism, according to the Chilcot report. However, the inquiry concluded that military action was “not a last resort,” saying the UK chose to go to war before the peaceful options had been exhausted.