Tony Blair was Iraq war decision maker – British MP

Britain's Iraq War inquiry could leave some feeling that an important piece of the jigsaw is missing. Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn explains why and tells RT how Tony Blair was the man calling the shots on Britain’s involvement in the war.

The commission that is supposed to question military and political figures on why Britain invaded Iraq will not get to see the private correspondence between former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former American president George W. Bush. It is thought the correspondence could shed light on exactly why the UK got dragged into the invasion and without it – Britain's inquiry into why it went to war in Iraq will be incomplete.

Corbyn, whose party was in power at the time, told RT that Tony Blair “was the only one that was involved in every single one of the decisions in every single one of the meetings.”

Corbyn added, “He is the one who saw the attorney general’s apparently informal advice. He is the one who decided what from the attorney general would be put in front of the cabinet.”

He believes that a legal process could result from the evidence that is going to come out during the hearings and if a European former head of government was brought before the international court in The Hague and investigated, the rest of the world would have far more respect for the international process.

”This country involved itself in what I believe to be an illegal invasion of another country. We have lost a considerable number of British soldiers and much larger number of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis,” Corbyn said “And is the world a safer place? No. Is threat of terrorism less? No. Is this a good way forward for international law? No.”

On Tuesday, the Iraq War inquiry commission began the final stage of hearing from those who had taken part in establishing Britain’s foreign policy before the war.

Tony Blair is due to testify before the inquiry commission on Friday.