The Iraq inquiry in London has put the British Prime Minister under the spotlight. Gordon Brown, who faces a general election in the next two months, agreed to appear saying he had nothing to hide. He was forthright when asked if he believed it was right to go to war.
“I think that this is the gravest decision of all to make a decision to go to war. I believe we made the right decision for the right reason because the international community had for years asked Sadam Hussein to abide by international law and the international obligations he had accepted,” he told the inquiry.
It has been claimed British forces in Iraq did not have enough of the right equipment and in an earlier session of the inquiry Gordon Brown, who was finance minister at the time, was accused of “guillotining” funds at the end of 2003.
179 British troops lost their lives in the conflict and at the inquiry Gordon Brown stressed he told then- Prime Minister Tony Blair that there should be no sense that there was a financial restraint for doing what was best for the military.