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by Ray Fleming

“ Conceived in deceit and born in hubris” -- a judgment on the American invasion of Iraq ten years ago in the New Yorker magazine this week.
It was at 0230 GMT on 20 March 2003 that the first US bombs fell on Iraq in the initial “Shock and Awe” assault.
Yesterday morning there were nine co-ordinated big bomb explosions in Baghdad killing forty people and injuring many more.
Such explosions are still frequent in Iraq and the instigators of yesterday's will have timed them with a certain relish
The bald truth is that the war was a disaster for Iraq and the United States, and for Britain also because of its political backing for the US and its military involvement.

Can anyone point to any significant positive outcome of the war costing two trillion dollars and causing the loss of thousands of American and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives? The removal of Saddam Hussein? Does the present sectarian government look like the “beacon of democracy in the Middle East” promised by George W Bush?

The United States must make its own decisions about those responsible but in Britain it is clear.
Tony Blair personally and unnecessarily attached Britain to the US cause and refused to accept evidence that he was wrong to do so. Sooner or later he will have to pay the price.