The then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in September 2004 that: "From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it (the Iraq war) was illegal"
The invasion, we were told, was necessary because Iraq was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons of mass destruction were never found. Tony Blair has insisted in an essay released on his website on Saturday, that although no weapons of mass destruction had been found that " he (Sadam) retained the expertise and capability to manufacture them"
Tony Blair has been active over the weekend. Along with the publication of his essay, simply called 'Iraq Syria & the Middle East' he has also appeared in TV interviews. This came as the Pentagon dispatched the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush and two guided missile ships into the Gulf.
Government officials in London have confirmed that British military personnel could again be deployed in Iraq to help tackle the growing instability of the region. Full-scale military intervention has been ruled out at this stage, but plans are in place for a "counter-terrorism" package.
Over the weekend Mr Blair has said:
"You do not need to engage as we did in Iraq or Afghanistan, but you need to recognise that we have interests in this"
"This is, in part, our struggle, whether we like it or not."
"At its simplest, the jihadist groups are never going to leave us alone. 9/11 happened for a reason. That reason and the ideology behind it have not disappeared."
"It is in our interests for this jihadist extremist group to be stopped in its tracks. I understand entirely why people say 'it is nothing to do with us and I don't want to hear about it'."
The jihadists "are not simply fighting Iraqis and they are also willing to fight us and they will if we don't stop them"
"It is vitally important that we realise what is at stake here and act. We are going to have to engage with it or the consequences will come back on us as we see in Syria today.
The Iraqi ambassador in Washington, Lukman Faily is also raising anxieties that the effects of a destabilising Middle East will be directly felt here in the UK. On BBC Radio 4's 'The World This Weekend' he questioned:
"What will [be] the impact on the streets of London and Bradford and others?"
"These jihadists are coming from all over the world, so do you want these jihadists to go back to their country, in Bradford and elsewhere, to learn [sic] what they have practised in Iraq?"
Clare Short the Labour minister who resigned because of the Iraq invasion does not support Mr Blair's suggestion that there should be some level of intervention and has told Sky news that he is "absolutely, consistently wrong, wrong, wrong".
"He has become a complete American neo-con, who thinks military action, bombing, attacking will solve the problems and it's actually making more and more tension, anger, division and bitterness in the Middle East"
Jenny Jones has spoken against the Iraq invasion in 2003 and was under police surveillance for over a decade.
The 'file' on Jenny Jones records her activities from 2001- 2012 and includes reference to attendance at anti-war demonstrations, social media activities and concerns she has expressed against the arms trade, the invasion of Iraq, conservative cuts in public spending, police hostility (with specific reference to the death of Ian Tomlinson) and ironically, concerns regard excessive police surveilance.
Police recorded that "open source material" indicated that she "has tweeted that she, a Green party mayor candidate" was going to be attending a pro-cycling protest in August 2012 and was "concerned that she may be kettled by the Met".
Seems like a reasonable concern for anyone attending a peaceful protest. More recently, and a cause of greater concern, she has challenged her competitor in the 2012 Mayoral elections, Boris Johnson for his purchase of second hand water-cannons (£1.3 million each) prior to any official 'go-ahead' that they could ever be used (see video below)
Jenny Jones along with Green Councillor Ian Driver (who has also been under surveillance) used data protection laws to obtain the files.
Jenny Jones is presently the only Green party representative in the House of Lords. She has held a series of posts in local government, including deputy mayor. In response she has said she has never been arrested, and all the information held on her is related to her work as an elected politician. She has also stated that the monitoring was unjustified and not a good use of police resources. The Green politicians have signed witness statements to support a lawsuit to be heard at the Supreme Court later this year.