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A question for George Monbiot. Seriously. (Poll)

January 27, 2014

27th January 2014

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Dear Mr Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot)

What if Twiggy Garcia had been filled with revengeful hate when he stood behind Tony Blair at a restaurant last week?

What if… I don’t need to spell out the possibilities in gory deal; we all know they were in a steak restaurant.

As I reminded others here – you, George Monbiot, intend to hound Mr Blair until he is either prosecuted or is no longer with us.

You can write all the provisos, rules and opt-outs you like at your Arrest Blair website but you MUST know where this could lead. It IS a “bounty”, after all. Dead or alive, hmm?

So my question is: if some hater in a position to actually attack Mr Blair were able to do so, and admits having been inspired by you and your site, would you bear any responsibility?

I think you would.

What do others think?

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Arresting Times? Arrest the ignorant know-alls

Twiggy Garcia, aka Ghoulian Assange described the Police as sh**s

Enlightening James O’Brien; Arresting George Monbiot

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Twiggy Garcia, aka Ghoulian Assange described the Police as sh**s

January 23, 2014

23rd January 2014

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NOTE THE WORDS OF A MAN WHO WANTED TO MARCH A BRITISH HERO TO A POLICE STATION

Excerpt from Garcia’s chat with his girlfriend @GeorgiaBronte

If you saw him again would you do anything differently?
I’d probably get someone to film it. I was scared to get my phone out in case it was confiscated by his bodyguards. The police have held my phone for five months before when I had done nothing illegal. They are shits.

I fully realise that some people today would have sympathy with this description. But it is perhaps not quite the thing to say if you ever intended to “accompany” an “arrested” individual to the local cop shop. And if you never intended to do so anyway, don’t act like a big kid show-off. That’s you, Mr Garcia.

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Unlike Mr Blair’s considerate treatment of this individual in the restaurant I have no inclination to treat Garcia with anything approaching courtesy. He is testament, however to at least two things: firstly, the failure of Tony Blair’s ‘education, education, education’ policy. Secondly, Garcia’s self-appointed guardian-of-the-people-and-defender-of-the-truth behaviour is also testament to the failure of the media, mainly the written press to concede that they may – just may – be wrong in all they opine about Blair and Iraq.  The media is the conduit of ALL our opinions. It was noticeable in the last few days that only non-British media outlets noted which of these two men came out with egg on his face at Tramshed.

Clue? It wasn’t the diner.

Tom Doran (twitter) says of Tony Blair’s reaction: Even though he’s probably used to it by now, this is an impressively sanguine reaction to being called a war criminal by a total stranger in front of your children, as even Garcia himself semi-concedes (“Tony Blair Vs Brave Sir Robin”).

I don’t agree with every aspect of the article. I DO believe the Iraq invasion was the right thing to do for all sorts of reasons, regardless of how many people sectarian, Islamist fundamentalists have killed there since. But Mr Doran’s main point is that Mr Garcia was more of a Monty Python character than a Robin Hood.
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I expect Ghoulian Assange (yes, that’s what he calls himself on twitter) will  prove me wrong now by donating to charity all the monies Mr George Monbiot (the Bounty Hunter who sends others to do his dirty work) has sent to him. No?
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Arresting Times? Arrest the ignorant know-alls

January 22, 2014

22nd January, 2014

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There are no words sufficiently spitoutable to describe my utter disdain for such as the aptly named tweep twit ‘Ghoulian Assange’ (similarities to any ghouls living or dead are not purely coincidental). His Twitter ID link is Twiggy Garcia. The offending article is here.

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Realising he was incapable of intellectual grasp, Twiggy Garcia ungrasped the former Prime Minister and scarpered “sharpish” (as he put it) before the Police (or “shit”, as he described them) grasped HIM!

My outrage at this continuing nonsense and blatant disregard and/or ignorance of the law has awakened me from my hibernation if only for a short time, some will be pleased to note. Mr Blair may well laugh off this kind of puerile, unlawful nonsense but I don’t.  Whenever I have time or am so moved I will continue to stand against the consequences of the brainwashing of the anti-warriors by those with a similarly careless ‘do nothing about murderous foreign dictators’ agenda. They and their public platforms spouting such “thinking” need to be brought to task.

WHY DO SUCH AS THIS MAN DESERVE THE CONTEMPT OF ALL BALANCED PEOPLE?

Well, where do I start? It’s not just that a “citizen’s arrest” (see here for the real meaning and compare it with Garcia’s fantasy version) when it comes to such as our former great Prime Minister is little more than a cash-gathering publicity stunt or that the would-be civil-and-uprightists are too ill-educated, self-centred and frankly self-obsessed to realise that. It’s far simpler than that. Or, if you are a gatherer of the Moonbat shilling, it’s too, too complicated.  So let’s try to meet in the middle with just one of the FACTS:

Tony Blair’s so-called “crime” is NOT an indictable offence. Did you get that, cheerleaders at the bloodsport of getblair under the ill-principled management of such as Garcia, Monbiot & Galloway? If not, let me explain –

A CITIZEN’S ARREST IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHERE AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE IS UNQUESTIONABLE, ENCOMPASSING THESE PROVISOS:

A citizen’s arrest is permitted to be made on any person under section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for an indictable offence … It is thus permissible for any person to arrest:

  • Anyone who is in the act of committing an offence, or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be in the act of committing an offence, or
  • Where an offence has been committed, anyone who is guilty of that offence or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of it

In order for the arrest to be lawful, the following conditions and sub-conditions must also be satisfied: (My bolding & underlining)

  • 1. It appears to the person making the arrest that it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make the arrest instead

  • 2. The arrestor has reasonable grounds for believing that the arrest is necessary to prevent one of the following:

    • The person causing physical injury to himself or others

    • The person suffering physical injury

    • The person causing loss of or damage to property

    • The person absconding before a constable can assume responsibility for him (more here)

NONE of those conditions applied. Not one, far less all of them. In other words Garcia did NOT and never could have put Tony Blair under arrest. He uttered the words as described by other moonbats, true, but he did not “accompany” Mr Blair to a Police station or into the waiting handcuffs of a London copper. He did NOT. Instead he ran off before the “shit” could get to him. Twiggy Garcia failed and his failure is writ large even in his own report. None of these facts matter one iota to the Blair haters. Their determinedly wrong-headed and misleading blindness as regards Mr Blair, Iraq and the law (nationally and internationally) means that they’d persuade themselves that black is white if it helped their cause.

In actual fact the only one to have committed an offence in Tramshed last Friday was Twiggy Garcia. For the very act of laying a hand on Tony Blair he could have been charged with common assault.

But now we have this, from George Monbiot’s Arrest Blair site: “His [Garcia’s] arrest attempt was reported more widely than any other there has been so far: throughout the British media and across the world. Twiggy will receive £2222.55(Moonbat’s bolding)

Got it? Tweet all over numptyland your ignorance of reality, politics and the law and Moonbat will slip you a few thousand.

Time permitting I have a lot more to say on this “Blair is a war criminal” nonsense.  The last word here goes to Matthew d’Ancona: “Who interrupts the appeaser’s meal?”.  Quite so. A question to which the answer is no-one. (Twitter d’Ancona)

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Arresting Tony Blair – Cronin’s Cant on why he Couldn’t

March 24, 2010
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    Honestly, it’s tough to know where to start with this one. Paragraph by paragraph or line by line? It’s ALL so easily dissected, chewed up and spat out, to mix metaphors. Following on from my post yesterday on this Guardian scribbler – Guardian, war criminal, Blair, Guardian, Cifers, citizen’s arrest, Guardian, Cronin, anti-free market, Milosevic, EU

    CRONIN’S CANT:

    “George Monbiot, the environmentalist and founder of the Arrest Blair campaign, has indicated to me that I am eligible to a share of a bounty he has collected (after I go through a verification process).”

    CRONIN COULDN’T:

    “Mr Blair, this is a citizen’s arrest,” I said.  For a split second, he looked directly at me, treating me to an expression that seemed both blank and quizzical.

    BLAIR’S EXPRESSION WAS BLANKLY QUIZZICAL … er … QUIZZICALLY BLANK!?

    “Blank and quizzical”? Make up your mind, man!  You purport to be a writer!?

    Before you waste a minute or three of your life reading his exhortation as to why HE was on his quest (even dung beetles have a useful purpose) to arrest Tony Blair, let me list just a few reasons HIS CANT IS ALL “CAN’T”:

    1. Citizens’ arrests cannot be made with a policemen in the vicinity. (Otherwise the police would be cuffing the ‘villain’ themselves. And if they don’t, you the ‘injured’ suspicious citizen MUST ask them to, because of the terrifying and threatening villainy of the villain!) PLEASE NOTE: Tony Blair is always protected by security AND police, albeit in plain clothes. Protected. NEVER under threat of arrest.

    2. The ICC has already investigated the possibility of charging Mr Blair, following calls from those who know nothing, and care less for Iraq and Iraqis (mostly Cifers, presumably.) The ICC has decided there is no case to answer (See here) Precis:

    • A court has to determine if the ‘crime’ falls within its jurisdiction, and the threshold is very high.
    • Rendition? This may be a crime, say legal experts, but probably not on the scale of a war crime, or crime against humanity.
    • For the ICC to prosecute charges of torture, unlawful transfer or wilful killing, they must be committed as part of a policy that is executed on a wide scale.  “With the ICC what we’re looking at is a government or regional organization that has sat down and said we’re going to do ‘x’ against civilians or non combatants, and we’re going to kill them in a systematic way,” says Professor David Crane, the former chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  “It has to be a government policy to do harm to human beings that don’t have a right to be harmed.”
    • While there had been wilful killings and inhuman treatment, he said, the number of incidents was comparatively small. Nor was there evidence of a policy by the British government to deliberately target civilians, or of civilian death and destruction clearly excessive of the military advantage achieved.
    • The ICC inspectorate also noted that national courts were dealing with the relevant Iraqi cases.
    • In the British justice system the first thing the prosecutor would still do is go to the British authorities and say look here’s the information I have, what have you done, or what do you intend to do about it. So even if they had previously refused to do anything about it, he would still give them the chance to do something now. That would be the first step.”

    3. Crime Against Peace? (Peace? In Iraq? Under Saddam?)

    That odd twisting of reality and history aside, this is from the site to which you, Cronin, directed your readers:

    ‘An important exception to the foregoing are defensive military actions taken under Article 51 of the UN Charter. Such defensive actions are subject to immediate Security Council review, but do not require UN permission to be legal within international law. “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations.” (UN Charter, Article 51) The legal argument centres around whether or not the Security Council’s earlier resolutions conferred the  legally the “right of individual or collective self-defence”, or it may appoint another UN organ to do this.’

    4. Tatchell? Mugabe? If we haven’t managed to indict the Zimbabwean leader, (and Mugabe and Blair loathe each other more even than Cronin hates Blair), what chance has this journalist got to arrest a good man like Blair? Think yourself lucky, Mr Cronin, that Mr Blair’s bodyguards are more tolerant of this kind of one-man-bandmanship than were Mugabe’s. Tells you everything you need to know about freedom and Blair’s protection force. No? It should.

    5. Grace McCann did not get anywhere NEAR trying to arrest Blair on January 29th. Though she got money from Monbiot for being filmed telling a policeman she wanted to perform the arrest. You have no picture of yourself in the “act” and are therefore are NOT eligible for your cut.

    6. Over one million dead in Iraq? If it was ONE dead it would still be a crime, presumably – IF the invasion were illegal, which it isn’t. The numbers are hugely and widely disputed. Apart from the differing numbers there is also the uncomfortable FACT that even today it is INSURGENTS and not allied (now only American) forces doing the killing. Killing their own in other words, because YOU, Cronin, are fooled by their propaganda. So they keep doing it.  Suicide bombers? Ever heard of them? Iraqis/Iranians and others in the region are the killers.

    7. Tony Blair did not lie and moreover has not been proven to have lied. If the Iraq Inquiry suggests there is proof he did, then it’s a different story and may be looked at at that stage. The Iraq panel are presently considering the entire body of evidence, unlike yourself, Cronin.

    8. Blair’s Middle East envoy post. Satire? No. If so he would not have been promoted to a political role recently and you would have heard the Palestinians complain about him right from Day One. He has been promoted and you haven’t heard ANYONE in Palestinian positions of authority who are unhappy with his efforts.

    By the way, do you realise this, Mr Cronin:

    YOU, PERSONALLY, COULD BE CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL ARREST

    (More on that is also pasted here at end of page)

    David Cronin’s article follows:

    By David Cronin

    A short while ago, I got up close and personal with Tony Blair.

    As the former prime minister made his way into a packed committee room in the European Parliament, I stepped up to him and laid my hand on his arm. “Mr Blair, this is a citizen’s arrest,” I said.
    For a split second, he looked directly at me, treating me to an expression that seemed both blank and quizzical. Then I was pushed away firmly, though not too aggressively, by one of the phalanx of body guards surrounding him. “You are guilty of war crimes,” I shouted after him, adrenaline giving me the kind of high I haven’t experienced in years.

    I had prepared a more lengthy speech about how I believed Blair should be prosecuted for authorising the war against Iraq as this involved crimes against peace and the crime of aggression. I had also intended to invite him to accompany me to the nearest police station so that I could file a criminal charge against him.
    Yet to no surprise, I did not get a chance to recite these arguments and to test out my hastily acquired knowledge of the Nuremberg principles that were set down following the Second World War and the more recent Rome statute (the agreement under which the International Criminal Court was founded).

    I will happily admit that my attempt was the work of a copycat. A woman named Grace McCann made a more daring effort to apprehend Blair as he left the Chilcot inquiry in January. And Peter Tatchell suffered permanent damage to his health when he was beaten up by thugs shielding Robert Mugabe as he tried to hold the Zimbabwean autocrat to account for human rights abuses in 2001.
    I guess that I could invoke Oscar Wilde’s defence of plagiarism – “talent borrows, genius steals” – but it would be more honest to say that I could not think of a more original method of protest.

    Although I passionately concur that Blair must be tried at some point for lying to Britain and the world about his motivations for joining George Bush’s offensive against Iraq and for helping to cause the deaths of possibly one million Iraqis, there are several other offences for which he should be tried.
    His similarly gung-ho enthusiasm for the war in Afghanistan; his refusal to condemn Israeli atrocities during its 2006 attacks in Lebanon; his acceptance of Israeli settlements in the West Bank; his approval of the use of cluster bombs during NATO’s bombardment of Serbia in 1999 are all despicable and worthy of criminal investigations.

    More generally, I am tired of the notion (rarely questioned among the media or political elite here in Brussels and some other European capitals) that war crimes are only committed by men with names that westerners have trouble pronouncing or by ‘savages’ in distant lands.
    I fully support the work of the International Criminal Court but am outraged that all of the indictments it has issued have been against Africans. And why have all the proceedings relating to atrocities in the former Yugoslavia been against Serbs and Croats and Bosnians? Were the NATO forces that relentlessly bombed Serbia incapable of committing crimes?

    I am troubled, too, about how Blair is now an international envoy to the Middle East. The film-maker Ken Loach has pithily explained the absurdity of that appointment. “They say that satire died when Henry Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize,” Loach told a little-reported event in Brussels last year. “Well, it died again when Tony Blair was appointed a special representative for the Middle East.”
    To prove just how unworthy of that job he is, Blair has only visited Gaza twice since he took up the role of envoy in 2007. And he has kept largely mum about the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem, even though he can see some of the houses that have been expropriated by Israeli settlers from his office in the luxurious American Colony hotel. (OK, he recently described the building of new settlements in East Jerusalem as “unhelpful”, but that hardly counts. “Unhelpful” is the kind of term that’s suitable if you encounter a grumpy waiter in a restaurant, not for denouncing the attempted erasure of an entire culture).

    George Monbiot, the environmentalist and founder of the Arrest Blair campaign, has indicated to me that I am eligible to a share of a bounty he has collected (after I go through a verification process). Because Blair has abetted crimes committed against the Palestinians, I have asked Monbiot to donate any money I might be owed to a Gaza-based human rights organisation. My feeble efforts are nothing compared to the relentless work undertaken by many of those who have to live with the consequences of war crimes.

    Last Updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:49

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    1. Journalist attempts citizen’s arrest of Blair in EU parliament

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    A Brussels reporter attempted to place Tony Blair under a citizen’s arrest on Monday (22 March) for his role in the invasion of Iraq, during a visit by the former UK prime minister to the European Parliament for a hearing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    On the seventh anniversary of the invasion almost to the day, late afternoon, David Cronin, an Irish journalist with the Inter Press Service news agency and a regular writer on European Union affairs for The Guardian, the British centre-left daily, approached Mr Blair, as he was due to discuss with MEPs his current work as a Middle East special envoy.

    Tony Blair, currently a top-level envoy to the Middle East, is finding it hard to shake off the Iraq War ghosts (Photo: The Council of the European Union)

    Placing his hand on the former prime minister’s arm, Mr Cronin said: “Mr Blair, this is a citizens’ arrest.”

    The ex-Labour leader, in the parliament to speak as the special representative of the Quartet – the EU, US, Russia and the UN – momentarily flinched, but the 38-year-old reporter was quickly pushed away by a bodyguard.

    The reporter was not himself arrested or accosted by European Parliament security, but simply left the room of his own accord. Attempting to re-enter half an hour later, Mr Cronin was refused entry and guards later requested to see his press card.

    Spokespeople for the UK mission to the European Union refused to comment on the incident.

    2. Blair’s guards rebuff citizen’s arrest

    3. Irish Times on Cronin’s “peaceful” arrest attempt:  “I wasn’t trying to harm the guy”

    Excerpt:

    ‘Cronin works for news agency Inter Press Service and is a contributor to the Guardian newspaper’s website. He has also contributed to the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday Tribune and for five years was political correspondent for the European Voice, a specialist publication owned by the Economist . He said he was inspired by the “Arrest Blair” campaign led by environmentalist and columnist George Monbiot. The campaign’s website (www.arrestblair.org) says attempts to arrest Mr Blair would be “largely symbolic” but would have great political resonance. “It was an entirely peaceful attempt to arrest him. I wasn’t trying to harm the guy,” Cronin said.

    Cronin remained in the parliament building but was later refused access to the room where Mr Blair spoke. “When I was on my way out of the building I was followed by three security guards and one of them asked to see my press badge. He took my name.”

    Cronin worked for Ms McKenna between 1995 and 1998. He was a member of the Green Party in the early 1990s but withdrew his membership in 1994.’



    MY THOUGHTS:

    This Cronin person abused his press pass. It should be removed from him and he should never be permitted to attend any press conference or political or ANY gathering at which Mr Blair is present.



    I have noticed something interesting at Monbiot’s Arrest Blair site. I’ll expand on this in another post. This post is far  too wordy already.


    CITIZEN’S ARREST  (Wikipedia) and pasted here. I have added red bolding for the hard of understanding, ie. Cronin and Monbiot.

    CITIZEN’S ARREST (Wikipedia)

    A citizen’s arrest (officially called an “any person arrest”) is permitted to be made on any person under section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for an indictable offence, including either way offences (in this section referred to simply as “an offence”), but excluding certain specific ones listed below. It is thus permissible for any person to arrest:

    • Anyone who is without doubt in the act of committing an offence, or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be in the act of committing an offence, and
    • Where an offence has been committed without doubt, anyone who is without doubt guilty of that offence or whom the arrestor has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of it

    In order for the arrest to be lawful, the following two conditions must also be satisfied:

    • It appears to the person making the arrest that it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make the arrest instead
    • The arrestor has reasonable grounds for believing that the arrest is necessary to prevent one of the following:
      • The person causing physical injury to himself or others
      • The person suffering physical injury
      • The person causing loss of or damage to property
      • The person absconding before a constable can assume responsibility for him

    Use of the second power above is rather risky, since it relies upon the person carrying out the arrest knowing that an indictable or either way offence has been committed. If, for example, the arrested person is later acquitted in court, then it could be concluded that no offence has been committed; thus, the arrest would be unlawful. The Act therefore gives a constable additional powers to arrest the following:

    • Anyone who is (without doubt) about to commit an offence, or whom the constable has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be about to commit an offence
    • Anyone whom the constable has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty of an offence which is merely suspected to have taken place

    A constable’s arrest power is not limited to indictable offences and conditions different from the above apply.


    So, Cronin, in your wisdom, have you considered that the police who accompany Mr Blair in numbers have already decided he has NOT committed an indictable offence? They have, and they have dismissed the thought.

    And do you realise that if Blair were ever tried after one of YOUR little arrest episodes and found NOT GUILTY that YOU could be charged with an ‘unlawful arrest’?

    For that, if that were ever to be the case, a life sentence would be just about long enough. You AND your mate Monbiot, to name but two copper-bottomed eejits.

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    March 22, 2010
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    Tony Blair was at the EU parliament today, as mentioned here yesterday. He nearly got slammed up. Not.


    I’ve been busy with normal human things all day, and I already have too much in draft to write on this Cronin idiot to any extent.

    So, since John Rentoul does it so well anyway, I’m sure he won’t mind if I use his post. I’ve pasted it here below.

    David Cronin. So-called freelance reporter at Brussels, sometime Guardian 'elucidator'. Always wrong on Blair.

    The Parliament.com: ‘Blair was harangued as he arrived for the hearing by journalist David Cronin who accused him of being a “war criminal.”

    The Brussels-based reporter tried to make a citizen’s arrest on Blair but was bundled away by security guards.’

    ‘Bundled away’? If you ask me, and I know you haven’t but I’m telling you anyway, Cronin should have been arrested. You can tell a lot about someone by looking at those he admires. Rentoul admires Blair; Cronin admires Slobodan Milosevic. Cronin also doesn’t think much of Herman van Rompuy. With the foolish alacrity, skewed thinking and originality of many at the Guardian he suggests that van Rompuy will be “more (US) poodle than president”. What? AnOTHER “poodle”. And I thought it was the Brits and not the Americans who loved their canine pets.

    Cronin seems to ‘think’ equally highly of NATO, the USA or the rest of the west. What the hell is he doing working in Brussels? To put it in the Irish colloquial –

    EEJIT.

    [The reason I mention the word “Guardian” so frequently in the heading will become clear in an upcoming post or two.]


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    How to spot a war criminal

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    • Monday, 22 March 2010 at 06:57 pm

    A freelance journalist given house room by The Guardian tried to “arrest” Tony Blair today, as the former prime minister arrived in Brussels to speak to Euro-MPs about his work as Middle East envoy. According to TheParliament.com:

    Blair was harangued as he arrived for the hearing by journalist David Cronin who accused him of being a “war criminal”.
    The Brussels-based reporter tried to make a citizen’s arrest on Blair but was bundled away by security guards.

    A cursory glance at Cronin’s articles for Comment Is Free reveals that he has an unusual notion of what constitutes a war criminal. A recent contribution in December supports Serbia’s application to join the European Union, and criticises the Netherlands government for blocking it on the grounds that it suspected the Serbian government of “not co-operating fully with the war crimes tribunal in the Hague”.

    What these hypocrites should be doing, Cronin suggests, is:

    finally unearthing the truth about why Nato bombed Serbia in 1999.

    As he points out:

    None of the alliance’s personnel has yet been charged by an international tribunal with crimes relating to that war.

    No, but Slobodan Milosevic was. Cronin wonders why:

    [He] didn’t earn his status as a favourite bogeyman of the west purely because he did dreadful things to the ethnic Albanians of Kosovo, as the official narrative would have us believe.
    The west could probably have tolerated his autocratic streak if he was more favourable to its pervading ideology. But Milosevic’s refusal to accept the neoliberal precepts on which the global economy is being run seem to offer a more plausible explanation as to why Bill Clinton and his then cronies in Europe insisted he must go.

    It was Milosevic’s refusal to accept the precepts of free-market ideology that put him in the dock in The Hague, apparently. Of what, then, did Cronin’s “harangue” of Blair consist, I wonder: “Arrest this man for the crime of welfare capitalism”?


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    ‘Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair has called for Israel and Palestine to “get back on track” and open direct negotiations “as soon as possible”.

    He was speaking after talks in Brussels with EU foreign ministers who later urged the two sides to aim at a two-year deadline for achieving an “independent, democratic, viable” state of Palestine.

    Mr Blair, appointed in June 2007 as envoy representing the EU, US, UN and Russia, admitted the violence in the region in the last fortnight had been a setback, but added: “Setbacks occur, and the key thing now is to get back on track again and get the negotiations going. We have got to carry on, whatever the setbacks from time to time.”

    Mr Blair said the EU was playing a big part in building up Palestinian law and order, security and the economy.’




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