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Post time 2014-5-16 07:08:24 |Display all floors
May 8, 2014

Boris Johnson's sympathy isn't worth much; his sentiments during his LBC interview this week were touching, but he does not have the conviction to back the campaign to see Tony Blair face justice for his crimes. Johnson does, however, offer an insight into Blair's character which I have experienced first-hand – that Blair is slippery. The London mayor described him as "eel-like" and a "very adept and agile lawyer". A prosecution for war crimes in Johnson's words was "not going to happen".


Currently a prosecution depends on one of two factors: its status before the International Criminal Court (ICC) or its status in domestic law. The ICC calls itself "an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes". In all honesty I have no faith in the ICC bringing a conviction against Blair. The ICC has been accused of bias, and as being a tool of western imperialism, only punishing leaders from small states while ignoring crimes committed by richer and more powerful states. This sentiment has been expressed particularly by African leaders due to the disproportionate focus on their nations.

I believe our only hope of getting criminal charges brought against Blair lies at home. Yet we cannot rely on our current crop of politicians to do the right thing. They have no interest in seeing Blair face justice as it would bring more controversy to the current government on the world stage. Speaking of the Chilcot inquiry this week, David Cameron said: "It would be unreasonable to postpone it beyond the next election," with his eyes clearly on the prize rather than a genuine interest in justice.

Personally, I would like to see Blair brought to account for his actions while he is alive. That will send a clear message to any future politicians, both in the UK and abroad, helping to avoid another illegal misguided foray and the loss of innocent lives. Between 500,000 and 1 million people have lost their lives in Iraq (depending on which reports you believe), and with sectarian violence showing no signs of slowing down, the death toll is still on the rise.

The sword of Damocles is hanging over Tony Blair's head in the form of Sir John Chilcot's Iraq inquiry report, which unsurprisingly has faced long delays. It is going to tell the story of, what is in my mind, the most catastrophic foreign policy decision since 1956, when former British prime minister Anthony Eden misled parliament and the British public and lied to the world during the Suez crisis. Eden and Blair share several similarities: both willing to sacrifice our troops and the innocent lives of civilians in the Middle East for oil, regime change and imperialist gain.

Even if Blair uses his "eel-like" powers to avoid prosecution, like so many rich and powerful people have done before him, he will not escape the history books. The voices that protect him will slowly fade and make way for a chorus of condemnation.

It is said that great men and women live forever. They live through the lives they've touched, and the things they've accomplished. I would say this is also true for people on the other side of this fence: the villains. History will show the extent of Blair's failings, his perversions of the truth, his misleading of the world and the blood on his hands.


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Post time 2014-5-16 07:09:25 |Display all floors
zak

This thug misled most of the people, and he is still benefiting from his connections as PM of British land. he is one of the dirty millionaires who is eating and enjoying and sleeping with bloodmoney.

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Post time 2014-5-16 07:10:38 |Display all floors
Nuremberg Trial for Blair/Bush

Each day that this man is walking free it is a slap in the face of humanity and the civilized world. We are all responsible to arrest all of those responsible for the illegal war against people of Iraq and put them behind bars. There has to be a Nuremberg style trials for the perpetrators of all illegal wars of aggressions against defenseless nations.

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Post time 2014-5-16 07:11:59 |Display all floors
UK Sap.

What a range of glowing tributes to the Bliar.May the embers glow and blaze eternally ---the millions of victims and their families and the outraged can never forgive.His sick and sickly given mantle of 'catholicity' will be of no avail at judgment ----but no problem as he has already sold his soul to zatan. Hague must still hang on to emulate the Bliar's devilled deeds.

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Post time 2014-5-16 07:13:30 |Display all floors
J.J.

Every day that Tony Blair, George Bush II, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and all the members oftheir little circle walk free instead of in prison, isa day in this world that justice hasn't been done.These people have murdered millions of people and millionsof just women and children alone. These people are all the biggest war criminals of all time. Look what The U.S.A. did to Iran, during The Iran-Iraq War, that was one of the hugest war crimes of all time. Swinging on the end of a rope, is what these murdering criminals deserve. Time to set an example of these people that kill for Zionist Wall Street's profits.

Martin in reply to J.J.

Don't forget Kissinger, how many years has he been involved in human misery?

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Post time 2014-5-16 07:14:29 |Display all floors
Snowy Smith

He is a WAR Criminal. 4500 TONS of illegal DEPLETED URANIUM bombed in Middle East. Middle East POLLUTED with extremely dangerous Nuclear waste for 1000 years. Causing CANCER and deformed babies. WHAT A DISGRACE.

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