Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Brits Go Hunting for Tony Blair

There are British knives out for international war criminal Tony Blair, the British Monarchy's assigned controller of mass killer Barack Obama, and members of the hunt piled it on, following South African Bishop Desmond Tutu's weekend call for Blair to be hauled before the Hague to face charges
"We're one crucial step closer to seeing Tony Blair at The Hague," celebrated the London Guardian's George Monbiot, who in 2010 set up a bounty fund for people attempting to serve citizens' arrests on foul Tony, for his "mass murder" in Iraq. Wrote Monbiot:
"For years it seems impregnable, then suddenly the citadel collapses. An ideology, a fact, a regime appears fixed, unshakeable, almost geological. Then an inch of mortar falls, and the stonework begins to slide. Something of this kind happened over the weekend.
"When Desmond Tutu wrote that Tony Blair should be treading the path to The Hague, he de-normalised what Blair has done. Tutu broke the protocol of power — the implicit accord between those who flit from one grand meeting to another — and named his crime. I expect that Blair will never recover from it..."
Monbiot adds that he created his bounty fund in order to "de-normalise an act of mass murder, to keep it in the public mind and to maintain the pressure for a prosecution. That looked, until this weekend, like an almost impossible prospect. But when the masonry begins to crack, impossible hopes can become first plausible, then inexorable. Blair will now find himself shut out of places where he was once welcome. One day he may find himself shut in."
For British international law expert, Toby Fenwick, the Hague wasn't the right place to try Blair for the Nuremberg crime of launching a war of aggression; that job belongs to the British courts. "Is Tutu right on Tony Blair?" Fenwick wrote in the Liberal Democratic Voice, which claims to be the "most-read website by and for" supporters of that UK party. I "revere" Bishop Tutu, he wrote. "It was therefore with great interest I awoke on Sunday to Tutu's call for Tony Blair to face the International Criminal Court on charges of aggression resulting from the 2003 Iraq invasion."
Blair "enjoys personal immunity from prosecution for as long as he has an international job that requires him to have immunity to conduct his role... Blair can and should be stripped of his moribund role in the Middle East, and with it, his personal immunity from prosecution. He can — and should — then be tried for aggression before a British court. As Blair keeps insisting that the 2003 Iraq invasion was legal, presumably he would welcome prosecution in order to clear his name. His failure to resign from the [Mideast] Quartet or waive his immunity tells a different story."
Fenwick's ties to the British military establishment are notable. Amongst his other attributes, Fenwick served in the Royal Air Force intelligence service from 1995-2009, and in March 2012, he wrote a study for the CentreForum, arguing that Britain should not spend billions on upgrading its Trident nuclear capability while cutting its conventional forces down to levels not seen since the Napoleonic Wars. Becoming a "Switzerland with rockets" serves no purpose, when Britain does not face any threat, including from Iran, Pakistan, or North Korea, in either the near or medium term, in which Britain's Trident force provides any additional security to that provided by U.S. strategic forces, Fenwick argued, adding that "many in the military privately agree."
Even the Fabian Society's New Statesman joined the anti-Tony Blair fray, albeit with a milk-toast article agreeing that Desmond Tutu has more moral authority than Tony Blair ever will.

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