‘There Must Be Consequences for Your Lie’: Danish Govt Ripped for Not Re-Opening Iraq War Commission

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Denmark’s centre-left Social Democrat government slammed its predecessors for closing the Iraq War commission, but decided against rectifying their mistake.

Denmark’s new Social Democrat government has decided against re-opening an official inquiry into the country’s 2003 decision to participate in the US-led military coalition in Iraq, despite pledges to do so by the party leader Mette Frederiksen during her time in opposition.

“My view is crystal clear: The government should re-open the Iraq commission”, Mette Frederiksen wrote on the Social Democrats’ website in 2015.

The commission was effectively shut down by the previous Venstre-led government. The same liberal-conservative Venstre was in power in 2003, when then-Prime Minister and future NATO Secretary General Andes Fogh Rasmussen decided to send Danish troops to Iraq.

Social Democrat Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod confirmed that the centre-left government didn’t intend to re-open the commission. At the same time, he castigated his predecessors for closing it.

“It is a disgrace to a government to shut down a commission that has been working for several years without completing its work”, Kofod told Danish Radio. “The decision regarding Danish participation [in the Iraq war] goes back 15-20 years. We now have a historical account of the war, so we clearly have a good basis on which to look at what happened at the time”, Kofod added, referencing an academic report on Denmark’s…

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