In the Land of Hope and Glory a boondoggle inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot is investigating events that led to the invasion of Iraq. The Chilcot inquiry's website lays down a very vague statement about the terms of reference, but media reporting belies the true purpose - to identify culprits who can be blamed for the stalemate situation that now exists in that country, years after the largely unopposed invasion.
Among those who have appeared at the inquiry is former British prime minister Tony Blair (pictured). Mr Blair was the supremo responsible for ordering British forces into Iraq as part of a coalition led by George W. Bush's US forces.
Critics of the war argue that the invasion was predicated on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But, following the invasion none were found - not even a thimbleful of Sarin or VX nerve gas (enough to kill hundreds of people).
Is it possible that Saddam's chaps flushed it all down the lavvy when they saw coalition forces riding hotfoot across the desert?
Or could it be that they used their entire stock of "non-existent" chemical weapons in their brutal slaughter of tens of thousands of their own citizens in Halabja and two hundred and fifty other Kurdish villages between 1988 and 1989?
Her Majesty's government will get to the bottom of it. And when they uncover and publish the truth you can be sure of one thing - Hell will be frozen over.
"Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited" - John Cleese
Author John Corby also writes as "Bulldogge" for the British Canadian newspaper.
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