It is five years (and a few hours) to the day that Bliar was awakened by the news that Dubya had started their little war without telling him in advance. The newspapers are filling column inches with retrospectives, what about the ARRSE perspective? My ha'pennorthworth: - the biggest UK military and foreign policy blunder since the fall of Singapore, worse than Suez. - fatal to any hopes of achieving a successful end-state in Afghanistan, the mission undertaken in 2001. - an unparalleled deception, with the public and Parliamentarians fooled into believing a spurious WMD story sexed-up from spurious and cherry-picked intelligence. - an illegal act of agression without causus belli demonstrated by the scramble for a second resolution and the argument that it wasn't required when this failed; the extremes of US policy on "interrogation" and detention (torture and breach of the laws of wars to the rest of us) have dragged the reputation of the UK - by association and lukewarm condemnation - into the gutter. - a major contributor to Islamic terrorism from so-called "home grown" terrorists, as predicted by the intelligence services in 2003 prior to the invasion (they didn't include that in the dossier!). - directly responsible for destabilising the world and reinforcing religious, political and cultural divisions in, and arising from, the Middle East. - an economic disaster, with tens of billions squandered on the costs of war and occupation, driving up oil prices. The deranged attitude of then-PM Blair has brought ruin on Iraq, caused the deaths of hundreds of British troops and caused damage to international stability that will take many decades to repair. This has not yet concluded in political terms, the Tories are pressing for an inquiry. I would like to see Bliar shamed in public and ideally in the Hague. As far as I am concerned, if he and Bush were lynched from lamp-posts then this would not be proportionate to the damage caused by these two cowboys intent on the gratification that only war seemed to provide.