Will the Chilcot report put Blair in prison?

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And so it will finally come to pass. The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the war crimes of Tony Blair – sorry, I mean the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War – is due to be published on July 6th. It’s only taken about seven years to get to the bottom of what we already know, that the war was illegal and based on a tissue of lies.
Running at more than 2.6 million words, the report should at least fill in a lot of details, such as the names of all those involved in the build-up and exactly how they contributed to the biggest British foreign policy balls-up of the last hundred years.
My fingers are crossed that the criticism of Blair, Bush and others will be so excoriating that war crime proceedings will commence immediately.
I pray nightly to the gods of justice and fair play that the horrid pair will be dragged kicking and screaming into a prison cell. However, I think there are only two chances of that happening: slim and none.
Sure, there will be criticism of the government’s serious shortcomings and lots of hand wringing about “the lessons to be learned” (how about, don’t lie to the public?), but I doubt it will result in any serious action taking place. I hope I am proved wrong, but I fear the report won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.

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