Thursday, August 05, 2010
John Pilger: Tony Blair must be arrested
Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes; Blair's, which have earned him a £4.6m advance, will appear next month.
Now consider the Proceeds of Crime Act. Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a defenceless country, of a kind the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the "paramount war crime". This has caused, according to scholarly studies, the deaths of more than a million people, a figure that exceeds the Fordham University estimate of deaths in the Rwandan genocide.
You can read the whole of John Pilger’s brilliant New Statesman piece on why Blair must stand trial, here. It also appears here on the excellent US site antiwar.com
(At antiwar.com, don't miss also this excellent, but very disturbing piece by Philip Giraldi on the next war the neocons have got lined up for us- I particularly recommend all US readers to take a look).
Going back to Blair, the 'Arrest Blair' website offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of the former British PM, for crimes against peace. Full details here.
Let’s just hope that when Blair is finally in the dock, he doesn’t come up against a judge like Judge Griffith-Jones.'Started an illegal war which led to the deaths of 1m people'? 'Took part in the illegal bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as well?'
Well, you have a rather respectable background and you're not a lower-class yobbo so I'll only give you three months in jail.'
UPDATE: More on Tony’s money-making activities in today’s Daily Mail.
Tony Blair will cash in on his experience as Prime Minister by flogging a special edition of his memoirs at a wallet-busting £150.
The red cloth-bound, slip-cased publication of A Journey resembles a Bible or hymn book and bears the signature of the former PM, who was often compared to a vicar for his preachy tone.
The globe-trotting politician has now decided to charge an inflated price for the tome, despite reaping a £4.6 million advance from his publishers Random House.