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The ICC Will Not Prosecute Tony Blair, Others are Planning To

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[ Ed. note – I have a feeling the Chilcot Inquiry report, due out tomorrow, is not going to be what a lot of people had hoped, and as noted by Felicity Arbuthnot in the article below, the International Criminal Court is unlikely to take any action against him in any event. Of course, the ICC is rather a disgrace. War criminals who have killed millions, rather than just a few thousands, seem forever immune from its prosecutions. And yes–interesting interpretation of international law the ICC gives in the article below!!! Soldiers who commit war crimes are fair game, it seems, but the criminal leaders who gave them their orders can’t be prosecuted “retrospectively.” How convenient. If Blair is to undergo any type of criminal prosecution it presumably will have to be in Britain or possibly Scotland. ]

By Felicity Arbuthnot

But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up,and hope and history rhyme. Believe that a further shore is reachable from here. Believe in miracles.” (Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013, “The Cure at Troy.”)

In an astonishing revelation, the Daily Telegraph has established that Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague will examine the Chilcot Inquiry Report in to the Iraq invasion – due to be released on Wednesday 6th July:

“ … for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes …” (1)

Whilst the Report is “expected to strongly criticize” Blair’s role in the illegal invasion:

It means individual soldiers could be prosecuted for war crimes but not Mr. Blair.

This, in spite of the fact that it is now confirmed that Blair’s commitment to George W. Bush’s determination to invade Iraq was made personally, a year before the assault, at a meeting at Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, without the knowledge of Parliament. The ICC however, whilst considering the introduction of a crime of aggression, thus brining illegal invasions in to their legal remit – to which Bush and Blair’s actions would seemingly be relevant – would “not apply retrospectively.”

Thus, currently the:

“decision by the UK to go to war in Iraq falls outside the Court’s jurisdiction.”

Whilst any British or US soldier responsible for the litany of appalling crimes committed in Iraq should be pursued relentlessly – which has broadly been less than the case to date – the ultimate responsibility for the whole tragic disaster for which both countries’ leaders and military brass will surely be haunted throughout history, lies with those at the political top. Their blatant mistruths led to the invasion and its bloody, inhuman, ignorant, culturally clueless, unending aftermath. Of the ICC decision, Reg Keys, who stood against Blair in the 2005 election and whose twenty year old son, Tom was killed in Iraq said: “It makes me very angry. They don’t call him Teflon Tony for nothing.”

However, Anthony Charles Linton Blair, QC, will still have to spend a lot of time looking over his shoulder. In what the Daily Mail describes as: “a dramatic attempt to impeach Tony Blair for misleading Parliament over the Iraq war”, a cross party group of MPs are building support: “for an attempted prosecution of the former Prime Minister”, after Wednesday’s publication of the Inquiry’s findings. (2)

The MPs are using an ancient parliamentary power, unused since 1806 to bring Blair to trial in Parliament. The groups charge is that:

“he should be impeached over allegations (that) he breached his constitutional duties as Premier.”

His pivotal claims regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – which, he had asserted, could reach the West “in 45 minutes” had been “contradicted by his own intelligence (agencies) assessments”, points out the Mail. A parliamentary source told the Mail: “Impeachment is on our minds, but we will need to digest the Report.

There is definitely a feeling that Blair must be properly held to account for his actions in the run up to what was a disastrous war.” Not so much a war but the near annihilation of a sovereign nation without even the minimal wherewithal of self defense, many will reflect. If the impeachment attempt is approved by MPs, the defendant is delivered the top parliamentary ceremonial official, known as Black Rod, ahead of a trial.

“A simple majority is required to convict, at which point a sentence can be passed, which could, in theory, involve Mr. Blair being sent to prison.”

The MPs are not alone in their potential plans. Whatever the Chilcot Report may lack in judgmental findings, it will deliver to relevant legal experts a wealth of potential for civil litigation against all responsible for crimes against sovereignty, humanity, the peace – and what many will argue has been genocide.

The Chilcot Inquiry is 2.6 million words. Many figures show that between the embargo, the 1991 desert slaughter, the silent holocaust of the residual deaths from the Depleted Uranium weapons (radioactive residue 4.5 million years) and the 2003 invasion – massacres ongoing -that may represent less than one word for every Iraqi death.

Notes  

1.    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/outrage-as-war-crimes-prosecutors-say-tony-blair-will-not-be-inv/

2.    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3670751/MPs-say-ll-use-ancient-law-impeach-Tony-Blair-misleading-Parliament-Iraq-war-wake-Chilcot-report.html

7 thoughts on “The ICC Will Not Prosecute Tony Blair, Others are Planning To

  1. “Tony? Hillary here. How are you? Tell me about it! Don’t I know it! It’s like trying to sleep in a mosquito-infested place without a window screen, but trust me, it will go away and you’ll just scratch a bit for a few days. No, no worries. Just wanted to tell you we’re thinking of you here and chin up!.
    You’re welcome.”

    • Poor Tony must be fit to be tied. Nobody’s saying a word about prosecuting old W., who just sits back drawing a fat pension and living the good life at his ranch in Texas. The world just ain’t fair!

  2. Reblogged this on Tinthor's Blog and commented:
    Today (Jly 6 2016), the Chilcot Inquiry Report was released. It strongly condemned former Premier of Britain, Tony Blair. However, the International Criminal Court (ICC), will likely not prosecute Blair for his responsebility and part of the illegal and desastreus Iraq war….

  3. NATO COUNTRIES POLITICIANS ARE REWARDED WHEN THEY COMMIT A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND THEY ARE SO CONFIDENT THAT MANY ARE WAITING THEIR TURN FOR A CHANCE TO COMMIT SUCH A CRIME. AS MADALENE ALBRIGHT STATED, ” IT IS WORTH IT”.
    PUNISHMENT IS RESEVED TO ALL THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE SYSTEM.
    WATCH OUT PUTIN.

  4. I’m gonna be generous to Tony Blair,yes he has been labled a psychopath ,killer ,etc etc,but there once was a dream for us Brits,a once youthful PM, who entered Downing st in 1997,he was to be our JFK,and at the beginning the promise was being for filled,social mobility, jobs,puting the finally bringing peace to Northern Ireland,if you walk around London, you will see his mark,all the shiny new buildings, regeneration of the poorest parts of the city ,making London surpass New York as the world’s young and hip happening place to be,even the 2012 Olympics in London in many ways was down to him,he even had success in the international political theatre, by ending the wars in Sierra Leon and Kosovo,where apparently many boy children are named after him,and perhaps that’s where his narcissistic personality traits began to reveal itself, the love and adulation that a some rock star might receive he got in abundance, he was never more loved after the tragedy of princess Diana’s death with his queen of hearts speech,we also loved his budding friendship with Billy bud prez Clinton,but when he later palled with the new President George W Bush,perhaps deep down we knew it would not end well,he gave a signed blank cheque of promises after 911,OK ,we went in after the bad guys in Afghanistan supposedly harbouring the number 1 villain,Osama Bin laden, OK ,but things went wrong,he became enabler of the most vicious war hawks in Washington, Rumsfeld,wolfawitz and lord Vader himself ,Dick Cheney,puting the smallest fig leave of legality on their evil intentions, did he buy into this neoconservative ideology, perhaps no,but its twin sister neo liberalism,very much yes,because new labour was modelled on the more rightwing aspects of the US democratic party,also he his sympathetic to Israel as well,all making for serendipitous misfortune,and even more unfortunate for Iraq ,the mid east ,and our brave British soldiers…

    • I think, Ozy, that people would have more sympathy for Blair if he simply came clean and admitted that, “Yes, I lied. I succumbed to pressure from Bush. It was a terrible error in judgement, and I beg the public’s forgiveness as well as the forgiveness of God for all the blood I’ve shed.” But instead of that, he keeps making excuses and trying to justify it.

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