At last the long awaited Chilcott Report has been published and although the media have largely skimmed over the main points, the findings mainly confirm what has been known in the public domain already and that is that the war on Iraq was pre-planned, the “intelligence” was talked up, the allegations of weapons of mass destruction were false, the UN inspectors were not allowed to finish their job, war was not the last resort and Saddam Hussein posed no threat to America or the rest of the world.
Tony Blair was made to face the press and the families of those soldiers who lost their lives as well as Iraqi families who also lost loved ones in that conflict and as much as he played to the camera with his quivering lips and tearful eyes, the message was the same, he would do the same again, he made the best decision he could in the circumstances and he believed the world was a better place for the decisions he made. It was all about him. He was not in the least sorry nor was he contrite about his actions, he just looked like the cornered rat he is.
Well Mr Blair the evidence is stacked up against you. The man is not only deluded but completely maniacal, psychotic even. This mindset has taken hold in public life like a virus right across Parliament across all parties. There are just a small handful of truly decent people in the House of Commons and they are being forced out by those who also have psychotic tendencies. There is a good case for everyone wishing to be elected to parliament undergoing extensive psychiatric and psychological assessments for several months on end, so they can’t just give glib answers, so they don’t get to put the rest of the population in such positions again.
What makes my blood boil is the notion put forward by one parliamentarian that Blair would not face the full force of the law as there is no case to answer and its never been done before. I would beg to differ. King Charles I was beheaded for behaving like a tyrannical absolute monarch, among other things. I wonder what planet these people think they are on? If a King of England can be beheaded because he overstepped his powers then a government minister, a Prime Minister can also be tried in a court of law and imprisoned or worse (and I am of the mindset that a public hanging is very applicable in Tony Blair’s case).
On the evidence presented to the Chilcott Inquiry it has been shown beyond reasonable doubt that the Iraq war was pre-planned by at least 8 months beforehand. This proves mens rea or intention. The arguments and sending soldiers into battle gives actus reas or the act of. Both of these are necesary components in criminal law and I would say that Tony Blair committed an act of murder by government by planning and bringing together all the elements needed to put forward the case for war and then sending people into another country that Britain had no business being in and killing thousands of civilians who did not ask to be killed.
I would go further and say that the fitting punishment for someone in his position would be a public execution, even though hanging was outlawed in the late 1950s, I think we can make an exception in Blair’s case. I would force every MP, every top civil servant to watch Blair hang as a warning to all of them not to overstep their authority and certainly not to go on misguided adventures at the expense of other peoples lives. Another would be that all the money Blair has made throughout his life, and his wife as well, all the properties he owns be sold and the funds distributed to all those in the Iraq war who lost loved ones. I would leave Blair with only his underpants, destitute and homeless for the rest of his sorry, miserable life.
I totally get why the Americans feel so angry about the Iraq war, although it doesn’t excuse George W Bush from his part in the whole sorry story. Tony Blair was seen as someone who seemed intelligent and his wife is a barrister who subsequently became a QC, so even if Blair was sold on the idea of going to war and backing Bush, his wife should have counselled him against doing so, so she too is culpable. Again, the fact that the whole Iraq invasion was pre-planned shows that 9/11 was an inside job and that George W Bush should also be tried for first degree murder. The punishment they meter out is for the American people to decide.
The saddest thing is that both Blair, Bush and other politicians fail to see or understand is that when Tony Blair and George W Bush conspired to go to war and effect regime change in another country they effectively killed off any notion of democracy. That was when not only people lost their lives, people also lost the way they lived their lives and the effects of this are still with us today.