Blair Lied and People Died

Tony Blair gives evidenceIt might be toothless, but the Iraq War Inquiry in Britain is actually Looking Back, Not Forward. Right now, the Chilcot inquiry is holding hearings about the decision to wage war against Iraq. (Remember that war? It's beginning?) That alone is worthy of praise. Our best efforts at Looking Back so far is a preliminary review of whether a full investigation is justified into the over-zealous behavior of a couple of low-level CIA and private-contractor interrogators. I guess change doesn't apply to national security issues, huh.

Tony Blair gave testimony today. (Imagine Bush43 at the table - now realize it will never happen) Before he spoke, a Guardian commentary provided plenty of evidence that Blair lied. Will a similar recounting of facts ever appear in the New York Times? Let's hope so.

Glennzilla once again stands at the top of the heap:
The invasion of Iraq was unquestionably one of the greatest crimes of the last several decades. Imagine what future historians will say about it -- a nakedly aggressive war launched under the falsest of pretenses, in brazen violation of every relevant precept of law, which destroyed an entire country, killed huge numbers of innocent people, and devastated the entire population. Have we even remotely treated it as what it is? We're willing to concede it was a "mistake" -- a good-natured and completely understandable lapse of judgment -- but only the shrill and unhinged among us call it a crime. As always, it's worth recalling that Robert Jackson, the lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, insisted in his Closing Argument against the Nazi war criminals that "the central crime in this pattern of crimes" was not genocide or mass deportation or concentration camps; rather, "the kingpin which holds them all together, is the plot for aggressive wars." History teaches that aggressive war is the greatest and most dangerous of all crimes -- as it enables even worse acts of inhumanity -- and illegal, aggressive war is precisely what we did in Iraq, to great devastation.
The author of the Guardian commentary above, Mehdi Hasan, is an editor at the New Statement, a British magazine. His full article about the run-up to the Iraq War, The bulletproof case against Blair, ends with this Blair quote:
I'm ready to meet my Maker and answer for those who have died as a result of my decisions.
This comment fascinates me. I would love to see a video of him saying it. Was he righteous or penitent? I can't really form a judgment without knowing, but either way, how does he imagine this encounter? Blair converted to Catholicism, his wife's faith, after his premiership. He did not kill anyone, obviously, but the Catholic Church has said the Iraq War was unjust, and strongly opposed it before it started. He bears responsibility for hundreds of British lives and thousands of Iraqis. Does he really think his Maker is going to give him a pass because Saddam was really evil? Or that he hypothetically saved more lives as a result of the invasion? Doesn't he see that his only way out is repenting?

PS In recent posts, I've succumbed to the secret of frequent posting - no new content! Just quote, link and write a short sentence or two. Whoopie!


Troy said...

Good stuff, Shooter. They're having the trial we'll never get here. I'll be watching this with great interest.