The Wonderful World Of A Convicted War Criminal

There’s arrogance, and then there’s the arrogance of British ex-prime minister, Tony Blair. Asked recently by a UK newspaper if he’d like to be prime minister again, Blair eagerly conceded he’d love to be back in 10, Downing Street. He even dared to suggest he might be better suited for the office now, after being away from it for so long.[1]

Since he left the UK Parliament under a cloud, after the debacle of the Iraq War, Blair has swanned around the world making a fortune from Arab leaders through his firm, Tony Blair Associates. His personal fortune, almost all amassed since leaving political office, is put at 90 million dollars. He owns nine properties in various countries. He’s yet another devout ‘Christian’ who stopped believing in camels and needle eyes.

Blair’s name has been linked to a Korean company with oil interests in Iraq. (No-one has yet suggested his fervor for the Iraq war was in any way connected).

He became ‘Middle East envoy’ for the Quartet on the day he resigned as prime minister. George W Bush was instrumental in the appointment. (No-one has yet suggested it was pay-off for Blair’s ‘poodle-like’ support of Bush during Blair’s time as prime minister).

In September 2011, the British TV channel, ‘Channel 4’, broadcast one of its ‘Dispatches’ documentaries entitled, “The Wonderful World Of Tony Blair”. It was viewed by the writer. Below, is the program summary:

Since resigning in June 2007, Tony Blair has financially enriched himself more than any previous ex-prime minister. Reporter Peter Oborne reveals some of the sources of his new-found wealth, much of which comes from the Middle East.

On the day Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official representative Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. By January 2009 he had set up Tony Blair Associates – his international consultancy – which handles multi-million-pound contracts in the Middle East. It is so secretive we don’t know all the locations in which they do business.

‘Dispatches’ shows that at the same time as Blair is visiting Middle East leaders in his Quartet role he is receiving vast sums from some of them. If Blair represented the UK government, the EU, the IMF, the UN or the World Bank, this would not be permitted.

He would also have to declare his financial interests and be absolutely transparent about his financial dealings. But no such stringent rules govern the Quartet envoy.

However, he could opt to abide by the rules and principles of public life. They were introduced by John Major, and Tony Blair endorsed and strengthened them for all holders of public office – but chooses not to himself.”[2]

Possibly as a salve to his conscience, Blair has been instrumental in launching various charities, the most auspicious of which is the ‘Tony Blair Faith Foundation’. It’s aim is, “to show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world”.

Unfortunately, the British people were shown a vivid demonstration of the value of faith, as practiced by the wealthy and powerful, throughout the devastating course of the Iraq War.

It left an indelible impression on most UK citizens. One that will, thankfully, prevent Tony Blair from ever holding elected office in the United Kingdom again.

From Al Jazeera:

In Kuala Lumpur, after two years of investigation by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), a tribunal (the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, or KLWCT) consisting of five judges with judicial and academic backgrounds reached a unanimous verdict that found George W Bush and Tony Blair guilty of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the Iraq War.

The proceedings took place over a four-day period from November 19-22, and included an opportunity for court-appointed defense counsel to offer the tribunal arguments and evidence on behalf of the absent defendants. They had been invited to offer their own defense or send a representative, but declined to do so. The prosecution team was headed by two prominent legal personalities with strong professional legal credentials: Gurdeal Singh Nijar and Francis Boyle…The KLWCT added two “Orders” to its verdict that had been adopted in accordance with the charter of the KLWCC that controlled the operating framework of the tribunal: 1) Report the findings of guilt of the two accused former heads of state to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and 2) Enter the names of Bush and Blair in the Register of War Criminals maintained by the KLWCC…”[3]

Would that a few other countries had the balls to support such a verdict.

[1] “Tony Blair: I’d like to return as prime minister” BBC, June 27th 2012

[2] “The Wonderful World of Tony Blair” Channel 4 “Dispatches”, September 26th 2011

[3] “Kuala Lumpur tribunal: Bush and Blair guilty” Al Jazeera, November 28th 2011

4 Replies to “The Wonderful World Of A Convicted War Criminal”

  1. It never ceases to amaze me how we can declare, say Pinochet, a war criminal, and turn a blind eye to the perpetrators of the far, far worse genocides and tortures of the innocent.

    Everyone is terrified of the elephant in the room.

  2. Aye, the man says he has learned a lot in the last 5 years. So have we Tone mate. Close the door as you f**k off but afore ye go, come clean about the money you’re making from helping the central asian dictators who think nothing of torture and murder.

  3. WWW – it’s convenient to label our ‘enemies’ as war criminals, but inconvenient to designate our ‘friends’ as such. Particularly when our ‘friends’ are more powerful than we are, as in the case of the USA.

    Richard T – my sentiments, precisely.

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