In England on Friday, former prime minister, forever poodle and eternal War Hawk Tony Blair is set to reappear before the Iraq Inquiry to offer additional testimony after his testimony last year just didn't appear to add up.
Stop the War UK is organizing protests against War Criminal Tony Blair.
Reasons to protest when Tony Blair is recalled to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry on 21 January:
- What happened last time Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry
- My Iraq war crimes - the missing chapter from Tony Blair's book
- Tony Blair - war criminal running scared of protests
- Dear Tony Blair... Former UN assistant secretary Hans von Sponeck writes
- Iraq Inquiry: Normalising an epic crime by John Pilger
- Money, money, money... It just keeps rolling in for Tony Blair
JOIN THE PROTEST 21 JANUARY(Tube Westminster or St James's
QEII Conference Centre 8am-2pm
London SW1P 3EE
Please publicise as widely as you can
Will Tony Blair show up smeared with bronzer as he did last year? Will he lie repeatedly and again get away with it? A lot of people will be watching. Darren Devine (Western Mail) reports on one person who will be following the testimony:
Her 24-year-old son Llywelyn Evans was the first Welsh soldier to be killed during the war with Iraq. And as the official inquiry resumes, Theresea Evans tells of her anger over ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith’s revelations that he had reservations when Tony Blair said we could invade Iraq without a second United Nations resolution
IT’S now almost eight years since a crowded Llandudno town centre was brought to a standstill to mourn the passing of Llywelyn Evans – the first Welsh serviceman to die in the war with Iraq.
But for his mother Theresea Evans the grief of his passing remains raw as, since the conflict began in 2003, fresh revelations on an almost weekly basis about the decision to invade have meant new pain for the bereaved.
Meanwhile Mark Hennessy (Irish Times) covers the big development out of the Inquiry's hearing yesterday, "THE HEAD of the Iraq Inquiry has expressed disappointment the inquiry cannot detail the background to the decision by former British prime minister Tony Blair to go to war in Iraq. Britain’s top civil servant has ruled the inquiry cannot publish secret notes exchanged between Mr Blair and then-US president George Bush."
And we'll close with this from Debra Sweet's "March 17-19 Iraq War Protests" (World Can't Wait):
I’m listening to an MLK speech from 1967, where King says that the United States, at that point, had committed “more war crimes than almost any other nation.”
Add 44 years of invasions, CIA-engineered coups, and occupations, from Vietnam through Afghanistan. Add the development of weapons and training for modern counter-insurgency — night vision, drones, depleted uranium, cluster bombs — means that an even higher percentage of civilians are dying and suffering in these aggressive wars the U.S. pursues.
People, it’s time to put political opposition to these wars back on the map, in a mass, visible, and determined way.
Veterans for Peace kicked off something very significant last December 16, with mass civil resistance at the White House, as Barack Obama gave his report on the war in Afghanistan. Leah Bolger, Vice President of Veterans for Peace, captured the mood in Failure to Obey a Lawful Order:
Although it is we who were treated like criminals—handcuffed, arrested and charged, we are not the ones ordering drone strikes or sending in troops. We are not the ones using illegal weapons and poisoning the earth. We are not the ones with blood on our hands. The real criminals continue unabated, shamelessly claiming that they are “making progress,” and unabashedly announcing that they plan to continue their crimes for many years to come.
The next nodal point for our efforts to STOP these wars is the anniversary of the Shock & Awe on Baghdad, March 19, 2003. A war begun on the basis of monstrous lies against a country weakened already by 15 years of sanctions, brought tremendous loss of civilian life.
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