Tony Blair and his former Home Secretary and Attorney General should be prosecuted for war crimes, the High Court of England has heard today.
Michael Mansfield QC argued in court earlier today that “Saddam Hussein did not pose an urgent threat” to the UK, and therefore Mr Blair and his accomplices fell foul of the law. It was argued that the offence of waging a war of aggression, as defined by the Nuremberg Trials in 1946, had effectively been assimilated into English law.
The Chilcot Enquiry, who’s findings were released last year, conveniently found that Mr Blair and his pals had not knowingly done anything underhand. However, it has become common (suspected) knowledge that Mr Blair, along with his Jewish Home Secretary Jack Straw and Jewish Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, bent the evidence to support the case for war, or potentially manufactured the evidence that wasn’t there to bend.
Mr Blair and his accomplices were intent on following America into Iraq “come-what-may”, using the threat of ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ as a pretext to send young British men to their deaths in yet another foreign war.
Many now see this war as having ulterior motives, such as the replacement of Saddam Hussein with an Iraqi government that might be more agreeable to the west’s shady interests in the region. It is widely understood that today, the western powers only seek to remove Bashar Al-Assad due to his opposition to an oil pipeline that has been proposed to run through his country, carrying oil from Qatar to Europe.
The private prosecution against Mr Blair and his accomplices was brought by the former Iraqi general Abdulwaheed al-Rabbat, who was motivated to take up the case as a result of the Chilcot Enquiry which cleared the former Labour Party officials of wrongdoing.
Many in Iraq, such as al-Rabbat, resent what happened in 2003 and rightly view the war in their country as yet another example of American imperialism in the oil-rich region.
The current Conservative government’s Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, has made the unusual move of intervening in the case personally, with his representative at the hearing James Eadie QC arguing that Blair’s immunity should not be lifted and that “the crime of aggression has no basis in English law”.
Of course, we should not be surprised. This is the same old men doing what they’ve always done; covering each others’ backs, regardless of political party or whether their actions are just and legal.
Not only did 179 British servicemen lose their lives as a direct result of Blair, Straw and Goldsmith’s decision to wage war, but as many as 10,000 Iraqi servicemen lost their lives too. One could make the case that this was a war of aggression, and therefore murder of the ugliest kind.
The case is ongoing.