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PUBLISHED: 17:04 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010

AN IRAQI teacher says the evidence given by Tony Blair s staff at the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 war is like listening to a bunch of manipulative teenagers . Tahrir Swift, 50, from Orpington, will be protesting outside the QEII Centre in Westminster

AN IRAQI teacher says the evidence given by Tony Blair's staff at the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 war is like listening to a bunch of "manipulative teenagers".

Tahrir Swift, 50, from Orpington, will be protesting outside the QEII Centre in Westminster tomorrow (Friday) when Mr Blair is due to give evidence at the Iraq Inquiry.

Commenting on evidence given so far, Ms Swift who has lived in Britain since 1979 after initially gaining refugee status, said: "Listening to the 'Blair rascals' - Powell, Hoon, Campbell and Straw - is like listening to a manipulative teenager who does not want to comply with the rules. It is so disingenuous of them to claim to have had doubts about the war.

"They seem to want to say that they were reluctant about a war for regime change, but wanted 'to disarm Saddam'.

"Mr Hoon threatened to use nuclear weapons on Iraq, even though it was certain then that Iraq possessed no nuclear weapons.

"The New Labour politicians, as I see it, rely on us being too busy to remember what they had said before the war.

"Every time Straw was questioned he would move the goalposts. One day it is about compliance with UN resolutions - Iraq is by no means the biggest flouter of UN resolutions and international law - the next it is the fear of terrorism. Iraq had no terrorism before the war in 2003, we have plenty now.

"Then it is human rights of the Iraqi people. The situation in Iraq is far worse today than under Saddam. Even Saddam's victims inside Iraq say so.

"I have no doubt that Blair played a vital role. Yet to accept the assertion that it was all down to one person only - Tony Blair - is very grave indeed.

"This means there is something very wrong with British democracy, in which case we need the lawyers to move in. Are we to believe that members of Blair's cabinet are doves? Pull the other one.

"By not resigning like some who did, these people are complicit in this decision. If there was a genuine fear about Iraq's weapons then the logical step was to allow the inspectors to finish their job."

Ms Swift's criticism extends to the Conservative party, who she claims are now trying to distance themselves from the war.

She added: "It is no good the Conservative party trying to distance itself from the decision to go to war either. Without the vote of the majority of Tory MPs the motion for war would have failed. It would have been very difficult for Blair then to take the UK to war."

An inquiry by the Dutch has already found Holland's support for the war illegal. The British version's remit is "to establish, as accurately as possible, what happened and to identify the lessons that can be learned".

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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