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|War and Terror: Tony Blair: the real criminal who should be jailed
Sunday, September 12 @ 12:23:22 UTC
|By Charlie Kimber
September 07, 2010 - socialistworker.co.uk
“You’ve got to put in prison those who deserve to be there,” said Tony Blair this week—criticising the Tories. Of course he doesn’t believe that those who ram through cuts and attack workers should be locked up.
His fury was reserved for justice secretary Kenneth Clarke’s timid proposals to reduce the prison population.
It takes a particularly warped mind to demand jail for others when you are personally involved in some of the greatest crimes of this century—the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Tony-Gate: Blair Strikes Oil in Iraq
Sunday, March 28 @ 02:46:50 UTC
|By Jayne Lyn Stahl
March 24, 2010 - smirkingchimp.com
Here in the States when someone mentions "UI," most of us think of Unemployment Insurance, but not former UK prime minister Tony Blair.
Late last week came word of a major scandal from the UK Daily Mail. In the three years since he stepped down as prime minister, Blair pocketed more than $30 million in oil revenues from his secret dealings with a South Korean oil consortium, UI Energy Corporation. Despite all his best efforts to keep his connection to UI secret, word is spreading like wildfire throughout the U.K.
Now, you might ask, that he's no longer in government and has his own company, Blair Associates, why would anyone care what his business dealings are? Well, for openers, Mr. Blair is also the West's envoy to the Middle East. Of concern to British politicians, too, is that a former prime minister has been stone cold silent about being on the payroll of an immense multinational oil corporation, specializing in oil exploration in Iraq, and one that coincidentally happens to find itself in another challenging part of the globe.
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|War and Terror: Prosecuting Bush's Poodle
Monday, December 14 @ 18:01:16 UTC
|By David Swanson
December 14, 2009 - afterdowningstreet.org
Compare Tony Blair's latest confession to mass murder with Bush's. The BBC has just aired an interview of Blair in which he was asked whether he would have attacked Iraq even if he had known there were no "weapons of mass destruction" there. Blair replied:
"I would still have thought it right to remove him."
Him is, of course, Saddam Hussein. And of course Blair did know that Iraq had no serious weapons and that any such weapons were not Bush's real motivation. The Downing Street Minutes record a meeting at which Blair was informed of that fact. The White House Memo (from January 31, 2003) does the same.
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|War and Terror: Lapdog Blair Gets an Earful in Beirut
Monday, September 11 @ 17:34:55 UTC
|By Kurt Nimmo, kurtnimmo.com
It wasn't a good day for the embattled Tony Blair. During a press conference in Beirut with Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora—former central banker for Group Méditerranée and Citibank employee—an "angry protester accus[ed] Tony Blair of complicity in the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon," according to ABC News.
And then Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri "left town in an apparent snub" and "the country's most senior Shiite Muslim cleric said he held Blair responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Lebanese civilians during the 34-day war because Britain supported the United States in refusing to demand a quick cease-fire." Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah characterized Blair as a "killer of children, women and the elderly." Blair responded blithely by saying "he understood the anger in Lebanon" and "pledged Britain would help Lebanon rebuild. Both he and Saniora said a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was crucial to securing stability in the entire region."
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|World Focus: Tony Blair: go now
Thursday, September 07 @ 08:59:15 UTC
Tony Blair's crisis is the result of a revolt that has been gathering for five years. At the heart of it is opposition to imperialist wars and New Labour's murderous alliance with George Bush.
The resistance to imperialism, the global anti-war movement and in particular the British Stop the War Coalition have brought Blair to his present humiliating position.
He is no longer in control of when he leaves, no longer able to control the succession, no longer in control of his ministers and no longer able to make the barest claim to represent a majority in Britain.
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|War and Terror: Blair clears way to attack Iran
Thursday, May 11 @ 12:12:22 UTC
Just how far Tony Blair is prepared to go was shown last week when he replaced foreign secretary Jack Straw – because Straw was seen as too soft on Iran. A man who just weeks ago paraded US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice around north west England is now no longer regarded by Blair as being sufficiently enthusiastic about waging war alongside George Bush.
Despite Labour's disastrous poll showing, Blair made it clear this week that he is digging in at Downing Street. He said his successor would be given "ample time" to prepare for the next general election, but that suggests he may intend still to be there in a year, 18 months or even two years time.
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|Africa Focus: The imperial tradition
Saturday, December 11 @ 15:15:51 UTC
|The Commission on Africa is just balm for Blair's bad conscience
By Yao Graham, The Guardian UK
I have few expectations of Tony Blair's Commission on Africa. We do not need another commission to look at Africa's problems.
The archives of the United Nations, African institutions and many other bodies are bulging with reports and proposals on how to resolve the world's north-south divide. There are many international agreements that have been frustrated by western governments and corporations. And, more importantly, African governments have come up with many demands, in forums such as the World Trade Organisation, which have been blocked by western governments, including the UK under Blair.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Blair says sorry as Labour got a 'kicking' for Iraq war
Saturday, June 12 @ 22:09:58 UTC
|By Andrew Grice and Colin Brown
12 June 2004, news.independent.co.uk
Tony Blair's leadership was under renewed pressure last night after Labour slumped to a disastrous third place behind the Tories and Liberal Democrats in the local authority elections.
The Prime Minister apologised to the 548 councillors who lost their seats. Although 84 Labour candidates picked up seats, the party lost control of 13 authorities in Thursday's elections, a result widely blamed on the war in Iraq. But Mr Blair urged his party to "hold our nerve" after the drubbing in the polls and made it clear he did not believe it would affect his plans for the general election next year, or lead to a challenge for his leadership. Asked whether he was still the best person to lead Labour into the general election, Mr Blair said: "It makes me want to see through what we have begun."
The Prime Minister admitted his decision to go to war in Iraq had cost Labour seats across the country. "I understand why people worry about the basis on which we went to war," he said. "Yes, Iraq has been an immensely difficult decision." He added: "I would like to say how sorry I am to the councillors who have lost their seats." Full Article
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|Invasion of Iraq: Iraq's WMD: the big lie?
Sunday, January 25 @ 16:37:00 UTC
The justification for war
With the resignation of David Kay from the Iraq Survey Group, the pressure could not be greater on Blair to explain where he got the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. By Neil Mackay
YOU'D be forgiven for thinking that David Kay was personally out to get Tony Blair. On Wednesday, when the Hutton report is published, the question everyone will want to know is did Blair and his Cabinet lie about the threat of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction (WMD)?
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|World Focus: The Unraveling Of Tony Blair
Tuesday, June 03 @ 14:01:20 UTC
|By John Pilger
(Znet) In his latest article for the Daily Mirror, John Pilger argues that the "high crime" of the invasion of Iraq that "will not melt away" and says the catalogue of Tony Blair's deceptions are now being revealed by the day, unravelling what was left of his credibility.
Such a high crime does not, and will not, melt away; the facts cannot be changed. Tony Blair took Britain to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal following world war two, who inspired much of international law, called this "the gravest of all war crimes".
Blair had not the shred of a mandate from the British people to do what he did. On the contrary, on the eve of the attack, the majority of Britons clearly demanded he stop. His response was contemptuous of such an epic show of true democracy. He chose to listen only to the unelected leader of a foreign power, and to his court and his obsession.
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|War and Terror: Why Britain wants this war
Saturday, April 05 @ 09:40:51 UTC
|by Lawrence Smallman, aljazeera.net
"The reality is that Britain is being asked to embark on a war without agreement in any of the international bodies of which we are a leading partner – not NATO, not the European Union and, now, not the Security Council…. The US can afford to go it alone, but Britain is not a superpower. Our interests are best protected not by unilateral action but by multilateral agreement and a world order governed by rules." Robin Cook, former British Foreign Minister, in his resignation speech, 18th March 2003.
The Prime Minister and his foreign policy advisors are evidently convinced that supporting and following US foreign policy for Iraq is more important than upsetting NATO, EU and the UN.
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