A petition calling for former British prime minister Tony Blair to be expelled from the Labour Party is receiving a flurry of signatures following the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
The Chilcot Inquiry released its long-delayed 2.6 million-word report on Wednesday, offering a scathing critique of the UK government’s involvement, under Blair, in and after the invasion of Iraq.
The report concluded that military action was “not a last resort” and that the UK chose to go to war before the peaceful options had been exhausted. It also revealed that the war was unleashed on the basis of “flawed” intelligence.
Blair defended his decision to join the war, insisting it was taken “out of good motives” and that he believed the world was a better place now that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had been removed.
The former Labour leader also insisted that he did not mislead the public over…