Christian Kerr writes:


AFP Commissioner Mick Kelty was forced to work his way through a eight
course banquet of humble pie last year when he suggested Australia’s
participation in the Iraq action may have made us a terror target. But
what acknowledgement have we got for our participation?

Well, the PM’s had some nice photo-ops in the States with the leaders
of the operations, everyone from Dubya down. But now a key
representative of America’s main ally in the war to topple Saddam has
dropped a hint that our contribution mightn’t have been regarded as all
that worthwhile.

The Guardian began serialising a new book by the British
ambassador to Washington in the lead up to the war, Sir Christopher
Meyer, yesterday. It’s full and frank – full of frank assertions that
Tony Blair was blinded by proximity to American might.

Meyer offers a depressing account of Blair’s visit to Washington at the
end of January 2003. “Transatlantic relations were in a trough. British
attempts to overcome France and Germany’s vocal opposition to war were
sinking beneath the waves. The prime minister’s best hope seemed to be
to ensure that we and the US went to war in the best possible company.
To do this, he needed to secure Bush’s solid support for a second UN
resolution, explicitly sanctioning military action.”

That resolution, of course, never eventuated and Meyer continues: “Left
Washington and retired from the diplomatic service a month later. We
went to war without benefit of a further resolution and in the company
of a motley, ad hoc coalition of allies.”

That last lot’s us. Thanks, fellas. All of that for nothing, hey? Nothing except, perhaps, the bombs we’re praying never come.