As a way to defend from the growing scandals blaming him from an unnecessary war, Tony Blair later declared that Saddam Hussein posed such a big threat that he would have decided to attack Iraq, anyhow.
In the opinion of Jack Straw, he now recognizes having gone to war was a mistake. His defensive argument relies on the past conviction that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Not only was his own family against that decision, but also the majority of the MP’s in the House of Commons. Nowadays, Straw rightfully takes the blame for his actions.
Even when the economic loss was significant, the number of human fatalities and victims remains as an even stronger statement. It is calculated that this conflict has resulted in the deaths of over 170 British troops and more than 4,400 US troops, with a large percentage of surviving troops physically and psychologically injured. The figure of Iraqi deaths is still not clear; over one million deaths are estimated as a consequence of the war. The remaining population still suffers the economic, political, and social changes derived from the violent invasion.
As expected, many people in Britain and other countries have strongly condemned the actions of these politicians. In the opinion of some opposing civilians, the Labor Party’s “socialist” facade fell when they supported Bush’s Republican agenda. It is also claimed that Jack Straw was simply controlled by Tony Blair’s wishes to support Bush in the war. Moreover, certain conspiracy theories have emerged and evolved from the overall issue; the most acclaimed of them says 9/11 was an elaborate plan of Bush’s administration to subsequently enter the war with Iraq in order to obtain oil from the Middle East. Such allegations have been denied by different parties.
The Iraq events greatly affected the popularity of the Labor Party and eventually led to the triumph of the current British Conservative Government in the last general elections.