“And – and here is my real point – public opinion is public opinion. And opinion in the US is quite simply on a different planet from opinion here in Europe or in the Arab world.”
Tony Blair to George W. Bush July 28th 2002
The long awaited Chilcot inquiry was published on Wednesday, which looked into whether the war waged against Iraq was justified and legal. If you live in the UK, or are plugged into the UK news – you would have thought it was an international talking point. However, as this post shows, most other nations were extremely apathetic towards the report.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE WASHINGTON POST
Australia and Poland
Middle East and Iraq
Between 151,000 and 1 million Iraqis died in the Iraq War. There was little coverage of the Chilcot Inquiry. It’s unsurprising given Baghdad suffered it’s worst attack since the invasion on Sunday 3rd July with 281 dead (and counting), at the hands of ISIS. It is also a major festival as Muslims are celebrating Eid. It is unlikely that the Chilcot Inquiry will have done much for Iraqis. Above is shown one of the few reactions from the area on Twitter.
The Inquiry made the front page, but only three reports were written. They produced one opinion piece by a London based journalist.
“Against such damning criticism, there were still a few mitigating cries from corners of the British media, notably from commentators that had supported either the 2003 war or Tony Blair as leader of the Labour party.”
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