“In groping to understand, the pundits and the politicians have clutched first at Iraq, and the idea that this is ‘blowback’, the inevitable punishment for Britain’s part in the Pentagon’s fiasco.
George Galloway began it in Parliament; he was followed by Sir Max Hastings, with the Lib Dems limping in the rear. It is difficult to deny that they have a point, the Told-You-So brigade.
As the Butler report revealed, the Joint Intelligence Committee assessment in 2003 was that a war in Iraq would increase the terror threat to Britain.
Anyone who has been to Iraq since the war would agree that the position is very far from ideal; and if any anti-Western mullah wanted a text with which to berate Britain and America for their callousness, it is amply provided by Fallujah.
Or the mere fact that Tony Blair cannot even tell you how many Iraqis have been killed since their liberation — only that the number is somewhere between ten and twenty thousand.”
Boris Johnson, 2003.
“WE WERE DRAGOONED INTO THE IRAQ WAR ON A COMPLETELY FALSE PROSPECTUS, WITH CONSEQUENCES THAT FOREIGN MINISTERS ARE STILL DEALING WITH TODAY.”
The Conservatives must think the British electorate are all thick. All anyone needs is a pair of eyes to see that the Iraq war and the subsequent destabalisation of the region has lead to an increase in terrorism, worldwide.