Peter Goldsmith was right
The documents published by the Iraq Inquiry yesterday are, indeed, new. Their content – the fact that Peter Goldsmith, the Attorney General (right), was briefly of the opinion that the invasion would be unlawful even after UN Resolution 1441 – was not.
To sum up: Goldsmith changed his mind from a position that was wrong, which was that Operation Desert Fox (the bombing of Iraq in 1998) was “unlawful”, to a position that was right. And so it has proved to be. In the seven years since the invasion there have been no prosecutions and the few attempts to launch them have been dismissed at the earliest possible stages.
*In the Daily Mail’s case, it was equivocal at the time but afterwards dislike of Tony Blair and New Labour quickly overcame what passes for principle.
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