In Politics, there are four types of people with authority when it comes to decision making consequences…
The first is he who makes the wrong decision and is willing to stand by it even after it turned out to be a big mistake.
The second is he who makes the wrong decision and is willing to admit it was a big mistake .
The third is he who makes the the right decision and resists all pressure and maintains it.
The fourth and last is he who makes the right decisions but under pressure substitutes them with wrong decisions.
Some politicians can easily be categorized into one of the four types because in the war with Iraq , we new their position before it , during it and after the catastrophe.
We know that hundreds of thousands of people died as a consequence to the decision to go to war . The only positive outcome of the wrongly justified war is that the main people behind it have been proven wrong and that they lack leadership skills and most important, they do not have vision and morality. When you are the commander in chief , you need to have these skills not only to lead the nation but not to lead yourself into an act of destroying other populations. We know that the higher you get on the pyramid , the more advisor’s you will have around you . This has it’s pros and cons because they might be giving misleading advice and opinions , therefore the leader needs skills to filter out all the bad ones. The leader will be the one taking the blame just like he will be taking the merit.
In very sensitive decisions like going to war , the counselling circle should be very wide even extending outside the basic legislative system and there should be a system whereby investigations can be made if the decision could have devastating impact on the nation or towards innocent human beings.
The “Iraq Inquiry” that officially started in the end of July last year in the UK is a perfect example of an attempt to point fingers at all the people who were involved in the decision making process, although this inquiry may not punish any official, exposing them is the least that can be done.
This Inquiry will bring out many information that otherwise may have been sealed forever.
Yesterday , news broke out in the media that the Crown prince of Great Britain , Prince Charles was lobbying senior politicians against invading Iraq according to News of the World. It states that Charles broke royal tradition and campaigned against the military operation and he told politicians that Blair was making “a big mistake” , News of the World was also told by its sources that his refusal came after he was given access to the same secret intelligence papers and briefing notes as Mr. Blair . Charles also warned that the war would only stir up more trouble in the region and accused western leaders of their failure to deal with the root cause of Islamic unrest – the Israeli Palestinian Conflict .
Although the royal family has no administrative role in the UK , their advice might sometimes be useful because they have access to important information from many sources in addition to their educational and historical experience with different cultures and traditions. It is clear that the UK political system was damaged because of a minority of politicians led by Tony Blair , but although it was clear that the majority of Britons were against the war , democracy could not prevent it.