Anna Raccoon has blogged about Tony Blair’s latest words of wisdom on his “The Office of Tony Blair” website, titled Iraq, Syria and the Middle East – An essay by Tony Blair.
Anna asks, “had he decided not to go to war, the situation would be exactly the same as it is today. So that makes it irrelevant?”
We can argue as to whether our policies at points have helped or not; and whether action or inaction is the best policy and there is a lot to be said on both sides.
It is not how I remember the events of the time. It seemed like every possible excuse was made to go to war. Inaction was not an option. There were the WMDs which Blair et al insisted were there, the Iraq Dossier or ‘Dodgy Dossier’, largely plagiarised, most notably from an assignment posted online by a graduate student (that’s how desperate they were for ‘intelligence’ to make the case for war), the murder and cover-up of former UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly for refusing to keep quiet that there were no WMDs, the fake 45-minute claim that Iraq could launch a chemical or biological attack and the equally fake humanitarian concern for the people who were terrorised by a brutal dictator.
I was thinking of the fake ‘news’ reports of Iraqi soldiers throwing babies out of incubators to rouse the public into a state of ‘something must be done’ rage, but that was the first Gulf War. The Guardian wrote years later,
Take the Kuwaiti babies story. Its origins go back to the first world war when British propaganda accused the Germans of tossing Belgian babies into the air and catching them on their bayonets. Dusted off and updated for the Gulf war, this version had Iraqi soldiers bursting into a modern Kuwaiti hospital, finding the premature babies ward and then tossing the babies out of incubators so that the incubators could be sent back to Iraq.
But onto the point of this post. I have taken this sentence from Tony Blair’s ‘essay’ and changed some words which would appear to make perfect sense if his original meaning for the Middle East is true. If it is then the UK is surely heading for a revolution.
The problems of the
Middle EastUnited Kingdom are the product of bad systems of politics mixed with a bad abuse of religionBritish values going back over a long time. Poor governance, weak institutions, oppressive rule and a failure within parts of Islamthe Establishment to work out a sensible relationship between religionBritish values and Government have combined to create [a] countriescountry which areis simply unprepared for the modern world. Put into that mix, young populations with no effective job opportunities and education systems that do not correspond to the requirements of the future economy, and you have a toxic, inherently unstable matrix of factors that was always – repeat always – going to lead to a revolution.
When will it happen here, Tony – when? You didn’t invent our multicultural, gender dysphoric, ‘equality’ infested prison, but you moved it along at the speed of light. Or should that be the speed of darkness. What is the speed of darkness? If anyone ought to know, it’s Tony.
According to St Anthony, our bad system of (one party) politics, the serial abuses of our way of life to accommodate every immigrant’s beliefs, institutions weakened by his Fabian-doting cronies, ever-declining educational standards and poor job prospects for the young is a toxic mixture that is always – repeat always – going to lead to a revolution.
When it happens, remember who is primarily (ir)responsible.