Tony Blair is in the dock again.
A White House memo reveals in no uncertain terms that Blair was pledging to support military action in Iraq before the war began.
Our dodgy ex-PM is yet again at the centre of perhaps the most controversial and politically criminal accusation that has ever been levelled against the highest official in the realm, who if guilty would have on his conscience, if nothing else, the loss of more than 100,000 lives.
The document from then Secretary of State Colin Powell to George W. Bush was written on 28 March 2002, a week before the president’s famous summit with Mr Blair at his ranch in Texas, the Mail on Sunday reported last week.
The memo states: ‘On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary.’
It’s one of thirty thousand emails received by Hillary Clinton when she was US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, which US courts have ruled should be released.
These words – appearing in correspondence between the world’s two most powerful figures at the time – signalled the moment when the mask finally came off. It has been suspected, although no concrete evidence came to the surface until now, that Blair struck a blood pact with Bush at Crawford without the knowledge of Parliament, and ignoring public opinion to fulfil a secret deal to go to war.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, the slippery Blair will find himself in deep waters, having taken us to war on an entirely false prospectus of a dossier that was fabricated to give credence to military action.
The Chilcot Inquiry, which has taken years to compile and is still not published, has become a national disgrace and will probably be inconclusive in its findings as the Establishment has the habit of protecting its own.
If that happens then the British public will judge Blair on the evidence of this latest bombshell and condemn him for his betrayal of the nation in waging a war that, in addition to the tremendous loss of life, has destabilised the whole region for generations to come.
The brutal war in Syria and its aftermath will always be remembered as Blair’s legacy, which will haunt him for the rest of his days.