As the Iraq War took place in 2003, many teenagers today were paying more attention to Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick than the news at the time so today they are asking, so what was it all about?
In a nutshell, Tony Blair told us we had to remove Saddam Hussein because he had Weapons of Mass Destruction including Nuclear, Chemical and Biological and was a danger to us all.
The assertion that he was trying to acquire Nuclear weapons fell down very quickly but Tony Blair kept his foot down on the threat of Chemical and Biological weapons.
Saddam said he had destroyed all his WMD's and UN Weapons Inspectors cris-crossed Iraq looking in places the USA and UK sent them to check and each time they came up empty handed.
Blair kept up the pressure in the Commons, but the rhetoric had now changed from actual weapons to weapons programmes but still nothing was found.
Finally, after failing to gain a vote at the United Nations to invade Iraq, the US and UK pulled out the Weapons Inspectors and invaded anyway and after another 12 months of fruitless searching, Blair admitted: 'We haven't found them (WMD) and we may never find them, We don't know what has happened to them and 'It seems increasingly clear that at the time of invasion, Saddam did not have stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons ready to deploy'.
That, in a nutshell is why Tony Blair is hounded such as he is today and the Chilcot report has just confirmed that the reason Tony Blair gave for going to war, Saddam's WMD's, turned out to be wrong and that he had twisted the intelligence about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein to justify the war and keep his word to the American President that he would 'Be with him, whatever' and to 'Act now, explain later' while telling us the opposite and that he was doing all he could to avoid war.