Craig Murray used to be a British diplomat and head of the FCO unit that monitored Iraq to ensure there were no weapons of mass destruction there.
In the weeks leading up to the Scottish referendum in 2014 Murray gave a speech at St Andrews in Scotland about Iraq and Westminster.
He stated: “I worked for the British foreign office. I became a British ambassador. I was a British diplomat for 20 years.
It was only six months after that I discovered that in the country where I was ambassador we and the Americans were shipping people in order for them to be tortured and some were tortured to death. Now as you may imagine my world view changed.
About a month later we invaded Iraq against the will of the security council. Not just without permission of the security council, but in the full knowledge that if it had gone to the security council we would have been voted down.
I as a British diplomat saw all the internal memos that went through that decision. I used to be the head of the FCO unit that monitored Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. I know for certain I can tell you they knew there weren’t any. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a lie…
..I’ve seen it on the inside. It’s almost always about control of resources.
…The system stinks. Westminster stinks. British Government is deeply, deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if it advances them.
..[Britain is] a rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy.”
You can watch him state it here.
After the Chilcot report was released Murray stated: “I hope today that people will remember Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross, and Katherine Gun, who were all prepared to give up excellent careers to stand against the war in Iraq.
Blair is still a creature of absolute self-serving slime. His attempt yesterday to justify the invasion of Iraq as an effort to prevent a 9/11 on British soil is dishonest in every way. Blair knew full well that Iraq had nothing at all to do with 9/11 – that was his still friends and financiers the Saudi elite. The intelligence advice in advance of the invasion he received was unequivocal that it would increase the threat to the UK, and it directly caused the attacks of 7/7.
The broadcast media seem to think the Chilcot report is an occasion to give unlimited airtime to Blair and Alastair Campbell. Scores of supporters and instigators of the was have been interviewed. By contrast, almost no airtime has been given to those who campaigned against the war.
Cameron’s speech to parliament was such an out and out, and dishonest, apologia for the invasion that it bore no relationship to the report. Corbyn is no orator, but his genuine moral outrage was justified. The Blairites who heckled him from behind during his speech are disgusting. If any meaningful democratic choice is to be offered to people in England and Wales, the Blairites have to be removed from the Labour Party to join with their fellow Tories. (Corbyn also gave a separate speech apologising for Labour’s role in the Iraq war even though he personally voted against it at the time)
The SNP are playing a blinder on Chilcot. I do hope Salmond moves forward with impeachment, not least because it will both force the Blairites to expose themselves, and reveal the deep feelings against Blair’s actions in the military linked wing of the Tory party.
As predicted, Chilcot had to repeat the Butler Inquiry’s verdict that the intelligence was not fixed, because Chilcot was himself on the Butler Inquiry. It is a lie, the intelligence was knowingly fixed. More on that later.” Source