It's a fairly innocuous image: the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a picture with a group of sea cadets in Weymouth in 2005. However, it served as an important tool for anti-war group Kennardphillipps, who juxtaposed the grinning Blair with a devastated oil field, a common feature on Iraq's landscape in the heat of war.
While it might not be the most nuanced image, a lot of strong political iconography isn't, and their creation became emblematic of the conflict and the Blair years. His inescapable public profile, his egomaniacal drive to war, his ignorance of the war's chaotic reality as experienced by civilians and troops alike. It is an image that has emblazoned placards, been featured in galleries and not only captures a moment in history, but calls on us to reflect on the decisions that've led to contemporary conflicts in the Middle East.
In light of the Chilcot Inquiry's findings - which we wouldn't do justice to in trying to report on, but suffice to say Blair and other guilty parties = merked - we got in touch with Kennardphillips to comment on the image over a decade since it was created:
"'We made the Blair Photo-Op montage eleven years ago. It has since been used as a symbol of abuse of power, globally. Today the Chilcot Report is finally published and Blair is proved to be the warmonger we pictured. His message to Bush - 'we are with you, whatever' - highlights his obscene sucking up to the US come what may. Now there is a case to indict him for crimes against humanity. The blood that flowed from his meglomaniacal lies and deception is still flowing around the world."