Tony Blair recently wrote an extensive article in the Guardian justifying the coup in Egypt, saying democracy cannot be an end in itself”
“At its crudest, we can’t afford for Egypt to collapse. So we should engage with the new de facto power and help the new government make the changes necessary” he says.
Is Tony Blair setting precedence for an anti-democracy slogan for the world or is he simply telling the world that all definitions are relative; relative to US/UK interests. Democracy is good if it suits them and a coup is as good as the democracy or even better, if it suits them. Thus is also evident by the fact that the US declared a 1.5 billion annual aid to Morsi and the same is being pledged for the Military regime. This is a time to remember that Tony Blair has been alleged to be the worst war criminal by many nobles in the past, as he was one of the major proponents to drag the West into the Iraq War.
Tony Blair’s gave a speech in 2003 on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the oppression practiced by Saddam Husain upon his own people. When the cabinet’s majority was divided over the issue whether ‘to stand British troops down and turn back; or to hold firm in Iraq’, Tony Blair repeatedly focused on lying about the whole scenario saying:
“It became clear after the Gulf war that the WMD ambitions of Iraq were far more extensive than hitherto thought… Saddam’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamal, defected to Jordan. He disclosed a far more extensive BW (biological weapons) program and for the first time said Iraq had weaponized the program.”
He said, “Their final report is a withering indictment of Saddam’s lies, deception and obstruction, with large quantities of WMD remained unaccounted for… When the inspectors left in 1998, they left unaccounted for: 10,000 litres of anthrax; a far reaching VX nerve agent program; up to 6,500 chemical munitions; at least 80 tonnes of mustard gas, possibly more than ten times that amount; unquantifiable amounts of sarin, botulinum toxin and a host of other biological poisons; an entire Scud missile programme.”
All these facts and much more that he utter in that speech have proven to be lies, spoke for own interests and that of a small lobby. Ironically these weapons of mass destruction still have not been found to date, long after the evacuation of troops from Iraq and after the death of millions of innocent people.
Desmond Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilized and divided “than any other conflict in history”.
Tutu argues Blair has fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart as nations. Nether have the terrorist attacks decreased and the so-called Muslim and Judeo-Christian worlds are furthest apart now.
“Saddam massacred hundreds of thousands of his citizens is irrelevant to the morality of removing him is bizarre. We have just had the memorials both of the Halabja massacre, where thousands of people were murdered in one day by Saddam’s use of chemical weapons, and that of the Iran-Iraq war where casualties numbered up to a million including many killed by chemical weapons, he says the death toll during and after the Iraq conflict is sufficient on its own for Blair and Bush to be tried at the ICC” said Tutu.
The Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has called for Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes, in his acceptance speech to the Nobel committee.
According to Pinter “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law,”
“The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public … a formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.” he said.
“We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people, and call it ‘bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'” he said.
Sydney Peace Prize winner Arundhati Roy labelled George Bush and Tony Blair war criminals; she went as further saying that Bush and Blair should have been denied Australian visas because under the tenets of international law, they must surely qualify as war criminals.
“The tragedy is that their political rivals have no real dispute with their policies,” she said. “The fire and brimstone of the US election campaign was about who would make a better commander-in-chief and a more effective manager of the American empire. Democracy no longer offers voters real choice, only specious choice” she said.
The question is how is Tony Blair, taking a U-turn on the democracy rhetoric and calling a coup a necessary part of the democratic process here. Do they throw away belief like they throw away their dirty laundry, and do ‘interest’ alone dictate their policies? Most importantly when will Blair be put to trial in ICJ, Hague, for his war crimes, for which he has blood of millions of innocent Iraqis on his hands? Or has ICJ been set-up only to punish 3rd World leaders?