One of the biggest news events in the UK this week has been the publication of the Chilcot report, a set of volumes that review the circumstances leading up to the Iraq War in 2003.
The Chilcot report (headed by Sir John Chilcot) has been seven years in the making and consists of 12 volumes attempting to reveal if the British governments decision to go to war with Iraq was justified.
Some of the major talking points that have been brought about by the reports publication include Tony Blair’s relationship with George W. Bush, the overstatement of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and the timing in which the UK entered the war. Although there is still much analysis to be carried out on the report, it seems the overarching message is that Tony Blair’s Iraq war case was not justified.
The Iraq war was by far the most controversial occurrence during Tony Blair’s tenure as British Prime Minister and completely divided the country, causing huge protests in some cities. The events in Iraq and Afghanistan had a substantial effect on music on both sides of the pond. Some of these musicians are now voicing their reactions to the Chilcot Report.
Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds tweeted: “The circumstances in which Blair decided there was a legal basis for war were far from satisfactory” and “Blair’s disgraceful lies are being confirmed”.
Whereas protest singer Billy Bragg posed this chilling quote from former Bush advisor Karl Rove:
“That’s not the way the world really works anymore”. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”