Issues in Public Relations – Propaganda

Posted on February 1, 2010

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Tony Blair and the Chilcot Inquiry


Just days before the Chilcot Inquiry and media attention is really heating up. The press is questioning whether or not we will finally hear the truth from Tony Blair. Unlikely, but I did read an article in the Evening Standard, written by Sam Leith, who offered his somewhat controversial view of the case. He said “an examination that will change no minds, offer no comfort, have no effect on the war continuing, and offer no prospect of justice or resolution.” Is it best we forget the whole thing, the spin and propaganda, the false accusations, and the victims who needlessly lost their lives? Of course not, we deserve to hear the truth and if the entry into the Iraq war was illegal, then those responsible should finally face the consequences.

Hans Blix headed the UN investigation into the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. Speaking in relation to their investigation, in 2003 Blix said “The commission has not at any time during the inspections in Iraq found evidence of the continuation or resumption of programmes of weapons of mass destruction or significant quantities of proscribed items, whether from pre-1991 or later.” This information completely contradicted the spin emanating from the British Government. Prior to the Coalition forces invading Iraq, Blair spoke on many occasions of his certainty that WMD existed, and while speaking in the House of Commons, he said “we will stand up for what we know to be right; to show that we will confront the tyrannies and dictatorships and terrorists who put our way of life at risk; to show, at the moment of decision, that we have the courage to do the right thing.”

We await with interest the revelations that will surely come as a result of this inquiry, and expect that all those involved in the decision making process at the time will be given an opportunity to explain their position in relation to the decision to go to war.

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