Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Letter to The Times (not published) re Ken Macdonald QC's allegation in his Libya article that the Blair Government lied on Iraq


Sir,

Ken Macdonald is right to suggest that the "scars of Iraq" must not prevent our intervening in Libya.  However, he then reopens these very scars, saying of the previous government's Iraq policy that "this is what happens when a government is caught out lying and we would do well to learn the lesson" (Don't let the scars of Iraq deny justice in Libya, The Times, 16/03/11).  Each independent inquiry into the Blair government's actions  has concluded that they did not lie.  Given he is a former Director of Public Prosecutions, he should not make such a grave charge unless he can prove it.   To do otherwise weakens the otherwise excellent case he makes for revisiting the kind of liberal intervention which Tony Blair espoused and which, sadly, proved the exception to the rule in Western foreign policy-making.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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