Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has expressed her concern that 10 years on from the War in Iraq, lessons still haven’t been learned. In a debate to mark 10 years from the invasion of Iraq, the Parliament paid tribute to the armed forces and remembered all those who lost their lives in the conflict including the 5,000 allied service personnel and 120,000 Iraqi civilians.
“In a very emotive debate in Parliament, there was great concern that 10 years on we still have not learned the lessons that saw so much bloodshed and devastation in Iraq. In fact, Labour didn’t even want to have today’s debate. They may wish to forget all about it, but for the thousands affect by the military action, it’s not so easy.
“We owe it to the nation to reflect on the actions taken by Westminster 10 years ago, learn from the experience and pay tribute to all those who have been affected so badly by the decision to invade Iraq without a UN mandate or proper evidence.
“Despite the number of people who took to the streets in protest, Tony Blair and his Labour Government, backed by the Tories, dragged Scotland into an illegal war without proper evidence.
“I recall John Swinney saying at the time that there should be no illegal war as we should not be taking any action without a specific UN mandate and even then only with proper evidence. We made clear at the time that Tony Blair’s actions were ‘not in our name’.
“Scotland’s voice in Westminster is nothing more than a gentle whisper, therefore there is nothing to stop this happening again. This is why independence is so important. It is the only way to stop Scotland being dragged into another Westminster-led illegal war.
Motion for Debate
S4M-05981 Alex Salmond: 10 Years on from the Invasion of Iraq—That the Parliament acknowledges the civilian, military and economic cost of the Iraq war and its aftermath; pays tribute to the armed forces and remembers the almost 5,000 allied servicemen and women and estimated 120,000 Iraqi civilians who lost their lives; notes that, 10 years on from the invasion, questions remain unanswered about the UK Government’s decision to invade without a UN resolution, and believes that one of the key lessons of the Iraq war is the need for all nations, large and small, to conduct international affairs as cooperatively as possible according to international law and the authority of the United Nations and to act as good global citizens rather than engaging in reckless, illegal military conflicts with incalculable human and material costs.
Supported by: Keith Brown, Nicola Sturgeon