Sunday, February 09, 2003

It is getting to the point where there is very little chance to stop the war to steal Iraq's oil, but there may be a little hope. The military dictatorship that now runs the United States isn't going to be swung by popular opinion, but Britain is still a democracy (frankly, the civilized world can no longer look to the U. S. for help of any kind). Blair's support is essential for the war to steal Iraq's oil to go ahead, and he is vulnerable to attack on three grounds:

  • He is an Anglican, and his church has strongly come out against the war. He attends his wife's Catholic church. I am sick and tired of hearing about churches that express their opinions about issues and then fail to do anything about them. If the Church of England isn't completely hypocritical, it has to tell Blair it will kick him out of the church if he puts Britain in this dirty war.

  • Unlike the U. S., where the President is treated like some combination of God and King (having lost a King in the Revolution, Americans seem to suffer from 'King envy'), the Prime Minister of Great Britain is constantly vulnerable to being replaced by his caucus. The majority of the people of Britain are against the war, many are deeply embarrassed by Blair's toadying attitude towards the Americans, and many believe, probably correctly, that Blair's mysterious change in attitude towards the war is due to his having been bought off by promises of shares and directorships in military contractors and oil companies (note this outstanding interview of Blair by BBC interviewer Jeremy Paxman - can you imagine a similar interview of Bush on American television or any American interviewer being as well prepared as Paxman or as willing to ask the tough questions?). It also appears that the majority of Blair's caucus is against this dirty war. On top of that, there are rumors that Blair made a deal with his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, that he would step down in his second term (i. e., now) in favor of Gordon Brown. If the Members of Parliament in the Labour Party aren't another bunch of hypocrites, they should tell Blair in no uncertain terms that he is out if Britain enters the war.

  • Britain has signed on to the International Criminal Court. Blair and Bush may be able to get away with this dirty war on their feeble excuses now, but some years from now when the true disaster of the war becomes apparent, the world will see what a sham it was. Blair is still a relatively young man, and he will have to spend the rest of his life waiting to be arrested on war crimes charges, charges which a court will probably find quite convincing. Unlike Bush, once Blair is out of power he will lose his protection from the state, and his political enemies will probably be happy to feed him to the wolves. Someone has to tell him he may have to enjoy his shares in Carlyle from a cell in The Hague.

There is very little time left. Regardless of how Blair is trying to spin it, the United States isn't going to get its UN resolution and it is clear that Blair will find some way to go ahead with the war anyway. If this dirty war is to be stopped, the duty to do it lies on the people of Britain.