Lack of peace

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Along with a million other people, on February 16, 2003, I took part in a demonstration in central London against the war in Iraq.

As a large section of the crowd grew tired of waiting to get down onto the embankment, many thousands of people listening to a band of female drummers turned around and started moving towards the back of the demonstration, just as the female drummers did too.

I was very nearly killed in the resulting crush outside the Ritz.

I do not in any way blame Charles Kennedy, who was the main speaker that day.

I do not blame the female drummers either, although many might.

Since the Ibrox Park disaster of 1971 I have known there are risks in assembling in massive crowds.

I took those risks and just escaped with my life.

Why then do the families of people who signed up to join the military blame Tony Blair for their relatives’ deaths while on active service?

It was clear from Tony Blair’s shocking appearance on July 6 he has had no rest and no peace since the Iraq war.

People have forgotten a nuclear war between Israel and Iraq looked imminent in 2003.

Such a war would have consumed the kingdom of Jordan and most other middle eastern countries.

Why has Chilcot taken so long and why has this process cost so very much?

Nigel F Boddy,

Solicitor and former Parliamentary researcher,

Fife Road,

Darlington.