Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix used to warn the US and Britain that it would be a wrong and illegal move to attack Iraq in 2003 as the Middle East country did not possess any weapons of mass desctruction (WMDs).
He also issued out warnings to both Western military powers that any attack on Iraq would put Washington and London under a bad world perception. He spoke in London yesterday.
"The interesting thing, was Iraq a danger in 2003? They were not a danger. They were practically prostrate .... What they got instead was a long period of anarchy. And one conclusion I would try to draw is that anarchy can be worse than tyranny," he said.
The United States and Britain argued that Saddam had chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and needed to be disarmed. After the invasion no banned weapons were found. Years of sectarian bloodshed ensued.
Blix's comments added weight to negative appraisals given by other senior figures at the inquiry which has raised tough questions about the decision by then US President George W. Bush and then British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade.
Blix, who has long been an outspoken opponent of the decision to invade, told the inquiry that Washington was "high" on military power, and the US military timetable was "out of sync" with the diplomatic timetable, which would have given his team more time to carry out inspections.
Blix headed a UN team searching for banned arms, known as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. He said his group's failure to find any WMDs should have caused Washington and London to question their intelligence.