An Inconvenient Appointment

Posted: January 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
Tags: , , , , ,

So the Chilcot Whitewash, I mean Inquiry, is well underway, and Tony Blair has had to face a really rather testing interrogation when he could be busy nurturing his fortune and claiming that the British public deride him simply because they are jealous of his success.
His attitude reeks of paying condescending lip service to something he thought he had left behind when he gratefully heaped the floundering economy on Brown’s lap and ran. You almost imagine him at any moment asking the panel: ‘Can I go now? The Middle East won’t broker peace by itself.’

As a teenager in 1997, I remember well the euphoria surrounding Blair’s New Labour election victory. We had finally shaken off the Conservatives, and the country seemed to swell with optimism and creativity, which makes it even more depressing and sadly predictable that after a decade at the helm in which he entered our military into more conflicts than any Prime Minister in history, Blair ended his stint as a gloating war criminal.
People who defend Blair’s invasion of Iraq seem to forget the most pertinent point about invading another nation’s land: it has to be the last resort and infinitely justifiable to even the most stringent scrutiny. How outraged were we at the July 7th bombings? Yet these cowardly attacks were remarkably similar to the Iraq debacle: invasion of a foreign land; civilian collateral damage; based on wafer-thin notions of ethnic superiority. It’s not hard to put ourselves into Iraqi civilians’ shoes, because it happened on that day: we wore their shoes, and it was a harrowing experience.

Blair has commented in the past that invading Iraq made the world a safer place. Cliché aside, I doubt border patrols, airport security and anyone who travels on the London Underground at rush hour would agree with him on that one. But why would a man who holds an estimated £45 million fortune care about these piffling issues, when he is holed up in a cavernous, impenetrable mansion? Perhaps we are just envious of your wealth Tony, that must be it.

The Right DisHonourable Mr Blair struggles sometimes to spin his way out of questions like ‘why did you send us to war on the basis of your own supposed belief in the existence of weapons of mass destruction, rather than military intelligence’s?’ Well let me save you some time Tony:

YOU TOOK US TO WAR BECAUSE GEORGE W. THOUGHT SADDAM WAS A BAD BAD MAN WHO UPSET HIS DADDY AND CONTROLLED TOO MUCH OIL-RICH TERRITORY. WHEN AMERICA WAS ATTACKED, GEORGE W. PLAYED THE DUMB HICK WHO WAS APPARENTLY CONVINCED SADDAM WAS OSAMA’S DRINKING BUDDY, WHEN IN REALITY HIS SHREWD ADVISORS HAD INFORMED HIM THAT THIS WAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DEPOSE SADDAM ON THESE LUDICROUS GROUNDS, KNOWING THAT A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE UNEDUCATED AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL SWALLOW WHATEVER POISON YOU PUT IN THEIR DRINK IF YOU TELL THEM IT’S GOOD. SADDAM HAD LONG SINCE OUTLIVED HIS USEFULNESS AND AMERICA FIGURED THEY COULD DEAL WITH IRAN THEMSELVES NOW. THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT SECURITY, BUT POWER AND OIL.
Hearing Tony Blair spin like a top is a lot like hearing an articulate schoolboy attempting to justify punching the weakest boy in school to get back at bullies. You may relish watching him squirm, but Blair is rarely caught out, and if this turns out to be the waste-of-time whitewash that all of us suspect it will be, the only thing it will prove is how marvellous a politician Blair can be.

We’d all love to see Blair locked up and George W. executed for war crimes, but it is as much a fairytale as peace on the Gaza Strip.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s