Iran, Mali and Syria show lessons of Iraq not learned, says UK ex-deputy PM John Prescott

Watch the video, 13.44 min, published on Russia Today RT, March 21, 2013.

Ten-years on, the lessons of Iraq have been lost with the drive for militarily intervention in Syria and Iran akin to a modern-day Crusade, John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister under Tony Blair, told RT in an exclusive interview.

Looking back on the drive that led to the invasion of Iraq, Prescott says regime change was never on the government’s agenda.

Saddam was an evil man, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re not the believer in regime change. You can’t just go into another country and decide: I don’t like its leader, he said.  

While Prescott argues the available intelligence and Saddam’s previous use of WMDs provided a framework for military intervention, UN endorsement was viewed as a prerequisite to military action. However, Washington’s willingness to sidestep the UN drastically impacted the UK’s course of action … //

The interesting thing is, Tony Blair got [slain-Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi to drop his investment in [his nuclear program.] Would we have invaded, would other nations have gone in if it had the bomb? No, he said.
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