Thursday, July 10, 2003

Tony Blair has now told us enough that we can determine his thinking about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction:

  1. Blair said to a committee of senior deputies in Parliament that he determined that war was unavoidable 'a few days' before before Parliament gave the green light on March 18 for military action on Baghdad. How did he determine this?

  2. Blair said:

    "Up until that point [March 18] I was still working to avoid the conflict. I very nearly had and believed I would have secured the necessary votes in the UN to have got effectively an ultimatum to Saddam and that could still have avoided the conflict. All the way through I had in my mind an attempt, if at all possible, to do this peacefully."

    Needless to say, this wouldn't have avoided the conflict, as what Blair and Bush were looking for was an ultimatum that Saddam wouldn't have complied with, thus allowing Britain and the United States to attack Iraq with U. N. sanction. What was the real reason that Blair knew that war was unavoidable?

  3. Blair said:

    "I decided that we couldn't avoid conflict in the few days before the vote on the 18th of March, because it was then that it was obvious we couldn't get a second UN resolution that delivered an ultimatum to Saddam. Once other countries had made it clear they were not prepared to support a resolution with an ultimatum in it, all we were going to get was a further condemnation of Saddam and an agreement to have another discussion. That wasn't enough."

    Why wasn't it enough? The only possible reason must have been that Cheney or someone else high in the Bush Administration told Blair that the United States was going to attack Iraq regardless of what the United Nations determined, and regardless of what the evidence showed. It was then up to Blair to decide whether he was going to deny his support to the United States, and permanently give up his aspirations for Britain to be America's bitch, or loyally follow the American lead like a poodle. But Blair had a problem.

  4. Blair said:

    "I have never thought it was realistic for British troops to go to war if parliament voted against it. I don't think it would have been sustainable. We had to persuade the Cabinet, then we had to persuade parliament. If at any one of those stages opposite decisions had been taken, it wouldn't have happened."

    So Blair was caught between a rock and a hard place. His poodle instincts made him want to follow the American lead, but he also needed the British Cabinet and Parliament to approve the war. So what did he do?

  5. He lied. He told the British people and Parliament, and his own Cabinet, that he had evidence of Iraq's having weapons of mass destruction, and even laid it on thick with the reference to 45 minute delivery (or it's free!). He lied solely in order to obtain the approval he felt he needed. He is so convinced of the righteousness of his position that he seems to be proud to have lied, and continues to refuse to admit he did anything seriously wrong. He probably thought that once the British soldiers were lauded by the Iraqi people as 'liberators' all embarrassing questions would fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, Iraq is proving to be a disaster, and the long knives are coming out.

The British aren't getting the lucrative contracts in the reconstruction of Iraq, and British Guantanamo suspects are going to be railroaded in Bush's military tribunals, with Blair now pretending to allow this to happen because he claims to fear it will be almost impossible to mount a successful prosecution in Britain. Blair's poodle position has embarrassed a once-great nation, distanced it from its natural friends in Europe, and has not brought even the slightest pat from the Americans. It now appears that the British army is going to be turned into a part of the American army, making the humiliation of Britain complete. Blair lied to the British people and Parliament, and should do the honorable thing and resign. He can then be tried and punished for:

  • crimes against humanity;

  • war crimes;

  • lying to Parliament; and

  • treason.