After Chilcot Blair should be indicted for war crimes and US troops should now be denied access to Shannon, says organiser of 100,000 strong anti-war demonstration in 2003.

Fianna Fail also has blood of hundreds of thousands on their hands for facilitating Bush and Blair’s illegitimate war in Iraq.


In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, one of the key organisers of the 100,000 strong demonstration in Ireland against the then planned US/UK led war in Iraq in February 2003, has said that former British Prime-Minster, Tony Blair, should now be indicted for war crimes, following the publication of the Chilcot report.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said also that the Fianna Fail government at the time of the war, along with Tony Blair and former US President, George Bush Jr, had the blood of hundreds of thousands who died during the Iraq war on their hands, because of the decision to facilitate US military machine at Shannon airport.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said, that the only fitting response in Ireland to the Chilcot report was “even at this late stage, to deny the US war machine access to facilities at Shannon airport.”

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The Chilcot report confirms everything that those of us, who organised and marched against Bush and Blair’s bloody war, said back in 2003.

For the hundreds of thousands who were slaughtered in a war that was wholly immoral, unjustified and, almost certainly, criminal, Chilcot comes far too late. However, justice demands, at the very least, that those like Blair who made false and exaggerated claims to justify that war should now be indicted for the mass murder and destruction they inflicted on the people of Iraq and their own servicemen.

The Fianna Fail government that facilitated the Bush and Blair war on Iraq, by allowing the US war machine to use Shannon airport to prosecute that criminal war, should also hang their heads in shame. They, along with Bush and Blair, have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi’s on their hands.

Fianna Fail refused to listen to the 100,000 people who came onto the streets in Dublin in February 2003 – an unprecedented demonstration demanding that Ireland should play no role in supporting an immoral and illegitimate war. They chose instead to listen to the lies and exaggerations of Tony Blair and George Bush and assist these warmongers with a bloody slaughter that destroyed Iraq and ultimately led to the horrors we are now witnessing in Syria. Surely, there can be no greater crime and failure of duty than that.

Although it is too late for the hundreds of thousands that have been murdered, and the millions who have been displaced in Iraq and Syria, the only fitting response here in Ireland to the Chilcot report is to now deny the US war machine the use of facilities at Shannon airport.”