- Lawsuit filed against Spain’s ex-PM Aznar over Iraq: Spain’s Supreme Court is to rule whether the former prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar, can be prosecuted for the country’s involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.
- Michael Yon is a photographer and writer on the Middle East. See his ‘Moment of Truth’ (in Iraq)
- March 29th 2009 – “Today in Iraq – Uh – Oh”, by Joe Klein, not a fan of Bush or the Surge: “Happily, the “surge” operation succeeded beyond our wildest dreams….but, as today’s events make clear, it isn’t over yet.”
Comment at end
3rd April, 2009
John Rentoul is a journalist I greatly admire. You would, wouldn’t you … I hear you murmur sarcastically. Rentoul too thinks that Tony Blair is human … a man who feels, thinks, considers, decides, doubts and hurts. Like the rest of us. Not a monster made in God’s image, as many of his opponents imply.
Can’t imagine why I still subscribe to the viewpoint that he and all western leaders are actually as fallible, normal and conscience-ridden as (most of) the rest of us. I just do. I must be missing something. The accusatory gene? The cause and effect chromosome? The I am so omniscient braincell? The judgemental sweat gland?
Perhaps it’s time some of us REALLY looked at ourselves objectively, if that’s possible. Yes, we are all concerned over reports of the consequences of war. Yes, none of us want to see children die. But if we honestly think that our democratically elected leaders deserve this constant vilification alongside the traducement of their integrity and character, our judgement is awry.
Tom Harris MP recently pointed up this irrational behaviour too, in his criticism of Simon Heffer – “Agree to Disagree then call the Police”. (In other words, if you disagree with someone and can’t have your own way, criminalise the other guy.) This kind of article by a Conservative journalist clearly indicates a brutalising of our society, imho. We never used to talk in this way about others. Now WHERE have we picked up such nasty habits, I wonder?
I have no desire to see Blair or any other western politician, such as Spain’s former PM Aznar, dragged before courts, international or national. I would have no such desire even if I thought they’d actually done something wrong. We let enough REAL villains slip through our hands whose incentives to action are clearly and loudly intended to harm. The motives of those who do wish to prosecute are not high-minded liberal truth-seeking. They are no more than despicable dirt-digging and agenda-setting. Perhaps even driven by an evil impulse, not to put too fine a point on it. They care no more for deformed children than do I or Tony Blair. And WE both care.
And let me ask the Yasmin Alibhai-Browns of the world this question – were such as these working flat our during the years when Saddam was killing thousands in his own country – Iraqi babies included? Highly unlikely. They are the pick-up-and-run-with political opportunists of this world.
Presumably their cause is that of those who wish to destroy western democracies like ours? For that sort, and we have many, FAR too many in Britain already with that mindset, it seems we will do whatever asked.
Until the day they die some of us will question western leaders’ motivation for taking their countries to war in Iraq. With a fair wind in their sails they might even end up destroying those western leaders.
There we are.
Feel better now?
Rentoul has today written a quick rebuttal to the unworldly troglodyte, his fellow journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
Rentoul is right. Alibhai-Brown is wrong.
TRY, TRY, TRY AGAIN
Forget the whole expensive business of another inquiry, designed to string up a politician or two. This inquiry will be another unsatisfactory outcome for the no-hopers. None who see Blair as the Biggest Liar since Pinocchio will ever be satisfied unless yet another Iraq inquiry comes up with their required conclusion. They make that abundantly clear in their discrediting of all previous inquiries.
And THEIR required conclusion? Blair lied, children died, mothers cried, MPs sighed …
I find Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s certainties and opinionated approach to what she believes are the facts inexplicable and unforgivable.
Is she sure she is living in the right part of the world? Where a developed western democratic legal system is the sole arbiter of right and wrong? Or are we allowed to try, try, try again until we get the conviction we require?
Rentoul’s article follows:
On Sunday, I said in passing that “those who are most sure that Tony Blair lied about Iraq are most vocal in demanding (another) inquiry to prove it”. Trust my good colleague Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to prove me wrong. She wrote a column the next day, headlined, “It is now impossible to trust any ‘official’ inquiry into Iraq.”
Talk about getting your retaliation in early. The implication appeared to be that the inquiry promised by David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, would be a waste of public money, not just because Yasmin is already sure that Blair and Alastair Campbell “lied grievously and sexed up evidence” but because an official inquiry would be bound to take a different view:
Surely, if an inquiry is “impossible to trust”, Mullin’s stand is entirely explicable and forgivable?
- Meanwhile the BNP keeps touching raw nerves – Happy, Mr Brown?
- UN names Gaza war crimes probe chief – many links to opinions and legal position for Israel.
- “Once again America & Britain take the lead in Afghanistan” – What? The special relationship without Blair? Whatever Next? Oh, I know! Gordon Brown, THIS time round, will release the moneys for defence he held back (as Chancellor) when Blair was running the show. Horses for courses, and all that.
- Meanwhile Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai Signs Law Legalising Rape in Marriage: The law, which has not been publicly released, is believed to state women can only seek work, education or doctor’s appointments with their husband’s permission. Only fathers and grandfathers are granted custody of children under the law, according to the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Opponents of the legislation governing the personal lives of Afghanistan’s Shia minority have said it is “worse than during the Taliban”.
- 14th December 2003 – Saddam is gone, says Tony Blair
- 8th January 2004 Colin Powell defends his postion on Saddam and invading Iraq: Speaking at a State Department news conference, Powell openly disagreed with a private think tank report which maintained that Iraq was not an imminent threat to the United States. And the secretary defended the case he made before the United Nations for a U.S.-led war to force Saddam from power. “My presentation … made it clear that we had seen some links and connections to terrorists organizations over time,” Powell said. “I have not seen smoking gun, concrete evidence about the connection, but I do believe the connections existed.”