Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The Day the Iraq War Came Back to Condemn Tony Blair
It's taken seven years for a British inquiry to render its verdict on Tony Blair, and his role in the Iraq War.
But at last the verdict is in.
It couldn't be more devastating.
And Blair couldn't look more like a war criminal.
Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain went to war alongside the United States in Iraq in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence that went unchallenged, a shaky legal rationale, inadequate preparation and exaggerated public statements, an independent inquiry into the war concluded in a report published on Wednesday.
Or more like a poodle of his buddy George Bush...
The report is likely to underline in Britain the sense that Mr. Blair was “Washington’s poodle,” the phrase widely used by Mr. Blair’s critics at the time.
Or more like his hapless stooge.
Mr. Bush said: “You know, Tony, the American people will never forget what you are doing. And people say to me, you know, is Prime Minister Blair really with you all the way? Do you have faith in him?
And I say: ‘Yes, because I recognize leadership when I see it. And true courage. He won’t let us down.’ ” Mr. Blair laughed, unsure, Ms. Helm recounted, then said, “Well, it might be my epitaph.”
It was all a Big Lie.
There were no weapons of mass destruction.
“The judgments about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were presented with a certainty that was not justified,” it said.
Thirteen years after the war began Iraqis are still suffering.
“Bush and Blair conspired to destroy the most ancient civilisation in the world. They targeted us because we are rich in prophets and holy men. The beginning of creation was in Iraq and the end of creation will be here as well."
“They planted an atom bomb called sectarianism inside the state. We did not gain anything else.
We are hungry, tired and insecure...We are now a nation of beggars. Only those with the wounds feel the pain of the wounds.”
And still dying.
And all of us are still paying for that bloody fiasco.
A country was destroyed, at least half a million people were killed, millions were wounded and/or scarred psychologically. And another million Iraqis were forced to become refugees.
Out of the ashes rose the genocidal ISIS crazies to terrorize the world.
Mission accomplished indeed.
And so much for that shock and awe...
Can you remember how some Americans cheered as the bombs rained down on Baghdad?
Watching it live on CNN.
Wasn't it fun while it lasted?
Even though it was the worst human catastrophe since the Second World War.
And the only question to be determined is will the poodle pay for his crimes?
For if the English courts won't do it, then Scotland who also lost many soldiers, should administer what justice demands.
Tony Blair could be tried for war crimes in the Scottish courts, Alex Salmond has suggested.
“You cannot have a situation where this country blunders into an illegal war with the appalling consequences and at the end of the day there isn't a reckoning. There has to be a judicial or political reckoning for it."
The war criminal Tony Blair must answer for his criminal folly in a criminal court.
And hopefully sent to the place he truly belongs....
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