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26th January 2011
I said at the weekend that I had plenty to report on The Iraq Inquiry. And I have…
So much to talk about it’s not easy to know where to start. But believe me I have much more to write than just thanking a greased lightning political internal exile (Apologies. That last link refers to suspected terrorists under ‘control orders’.)
Still, there are certain similarities, I can hear sharp-tongues say. I agree. There certainly are. They have internal exile in common.
However, our former Prime Minister and the control order holders are not “internally exiled” for the same reasons. Tony Blair, it would seem, when he lands back on these shores, is in some sort of semi-exile at home. When did YOU last hear of him attending a public event here in Britain? Think about it.
He is more or less exiled to protect him from anti-Iraq war know-alls and would-be terrorists.
The latter of the “exiles”, the would-be terrorists, are semi-exiled in their homes to prevent them from being hailed as heroes by the brain-dead.
Only a small degree of difference in their situations, some might suggest.
Such is Britain today, and it isn’t always a pretty sight. As Russia recovers from a terror attack from Islamist fundamentalists, as Egypt and Lebanon have riots on the streets over democracy or the lack of – what, apart from the economy, does the average Brit have on his/her mind? This, of course! The important stuff.
But I have far more to write about than my quick tour around my day out in Westminster among the sane few and the rabid fewer still. Bear with me. It might even be worth it.
NEVER MIND THE FACTS – LOOK AT THE NUMBERS!
You’ve probably seen some of the televised coverage of the main Chilcot event of the year last Friday. You may even have had your mind illuminated by the BBC 24’s report on Friday when FOUR were interviewed who were AGAINST Tony Blair’s actions and only ONE was interviewed from the opposing side. That’s 80% against Blair’s decision c/w 20% for. The numbers don’t get a lot better for Blair in fair-play Britain.
But our beloved BBC will argue that this shows no hint of bias on their part, you can bet your bottom
dollar line. I missed the James Landale wind-up – the operative word – as I was at the Inquiry. Oddly enough not one pressman or woman sought the thoughts of a mere Blair supporter in attendance. They only seemed interested in the thoughts of bereaved families of deceased soldiers. Can’t imagine why.
Presumably they think that no-one else in Britain has an opinion on Iraq worth seeking. But there we go. That’s called freedom of the press.
They’re free to interview who they like. We’re free to read all about it. And so it goes.
You may even have read the
newsviewspaper’s reports. Or if you are a real glutton for “truth-finding” you may have watched the video or even scanned through the transcript of Mr Blair’s evidence.
But I wonder if you have read his pre-hearing statement, which he sent to the Inquiry panel on 14th January 2011 ? If not here it is (26 pgs).
This is a taster –
Blair: “Of course, as with everything else, the bulk of planning would be done in the U.S. who were going to provide over 95% of the assets for the operation.”
At times he must wonder how come he, part of the remaining 5 percent, is the only leader being subjected to this inquisitorial style of questioning over his decisions and actions.
The answer’s simple: he’s British.
Whatever else we Brits are good at we’re particularly good at besmirching our own. And in Tony Blair’s case we’ve got our punishment in early, just in case. Before the verdict, as it were. Even before the trial. Even before any charges have been laid, come to think of. But we needn’t let such trifles worry or distract us.
Thus, after more than three and a half years, this man is still in internal exile… or haven’t you noticed? Or, more likely – don’t you give a damn?
IS IT TIME TO STOP THIS CRUEL, RELENTLESS PURSUIT …
… OF JUST ONE MAN?
I think so. It’s well over time.
To be continued …
Sign the Ban Blair-Baiting petition here
“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”
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