Monday, January 24, 2011

Kerbala slammed with bombings

Former British prime minister Tony Blair had set his mind on invading Iraq in 2003 despite frequent recommendations from advisers to abandon the idea, an analyst has said.
Blair “was determined to pursue a fatal course of action. Fatal insofar as it has cost hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians have died since 2003 as a result of these warring interventions which were contrary to international law,” Dr. Shahrar Ali with Britain's Green Party, told Press TV in an interview on Friday.
He also said that the human costs were inevitable. Moreover, Britain's former statesmen were aware of the fact and did not truly regret the loss of lives.

The above is the Tehran Times reporting on Tony Blair's testimony last Friday to the Iraq Inquiry. Simon Veazey (Epoch Times) reminds, "The Iraq Inquiry is the 4th official inquiry into the war. It recalled former U.K. Prime Minister Blair to clarify "inconsistencies" between his evidence and evidence given by other officials." Rod Liddle (Spectator) offers this take:

It is the other issue, a separate issue, upon which Blair is terribly culpable; more terribly culpable than any PM before or since. We know for sure now and had indications at the time that Blair’s reasons for taking our country to war were not those which he deemed to share with the country or with parliament. They were not shared because he was well aware that neither public nor parliamentary opinion would go along with him. And in attempting to convince the public of Saddam’s ownership of WMD he misled parliament, misled the public and pressurised, perverted or twisted every institution which might have acted as a check upon his messianic determination to wage war. This included the select committees, the civil service, the security services, the government scientists and even in the end the BBC. Cabinet was ignored. As John Denham put it at the time, Blair demanded evidence of WMD regardless or not of whether WMD existed. This is incontestable; it is the subtext of all those Blair year diaries produced by the either supine, or in Alastair Campbell’s case, conniving, former members of the administration. I do not think it is stretching it to suggest that this was the closest Britain has come to totalitarianism. Regardless or not of whether we were right to have invaded Iraq, we were lied to, repeatedly and the processes corrupted.

Press TV adds, "The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council told a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey that Blair should be tried as a war criminal at an international court for his complicity in the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq."

Tony's so proud of what he did to Iraq. Slammed by bombings last week, this week is shaping up for more of the same. The emphasis today is on Kerbala. Reuters notes a Kerbala bombing claimed 6 lives with twelve people left injured followed by a second bombing with both blasts resulting in at least 14 dead and one-hundred and forty-one injured. BBC counts 25 dead. In addition, Reuters notes two Baghdad roadside bombings resulted in 1 death and nine people being injured and a Tirkit roadside bombing injured five of Governor Ahmed al-Jubouri's bodyguards.

Bonnie notes that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "State of the Union" went up last night and on this week's Law and Disorder Radio (airs this morning on WBAI at 9:00 am EST and around the country throughout the week), Michael S. Smith, Heidi Boghosian and Michael Ratner speak with Lizzy Ratner and others about a new report on the assault on Gaza two years ago (also includes an update on Mumia Abu-Jamal).

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