Monday, October 26, 2015

Noam weighs in, Tony weasels

Everyone's talking Iraq today.  Press TV notes Noam Chomsky:

Prominent American author and linguist Noam Chomsky has blasted the US foreign policy, calling Washington's 2003 invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century.”
“What right do we have to kill somebody in some other country who we don't like,” Chomsky told teleSUR on Monday.
Calling the US-led invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century,” the renowned scholar and intellectual said, “Suppose it had worked... it's still a major crime, why do we have the right to invade another country?”

War Criminal Tony Blair plotted and planned the crime with others.

He still can't accept the fact that there is no comeback for him. Justin Wm. Moyer (Washington Post) notes that Blair's issuing a limited apology:

Former British prime minister Tony Blair made the comment in a interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“When people look at the rise of ISIS, many people point to the invasion of Iraq as the principal cause,” Zakaria said. “What do you say to that?”

“I think there are elements of truth in that,” Blair said, “but I think we’ve got to be extremely careful. Otherwise, we’ll misunderstand what’s going on in Iraq and Syria today.”

Again, it's a limited apology.

He insists "mistakes" were made.

Not in lying, he won't admit to that.

"I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong," he declared.

But he knew it was wrong and he manipulated the intel.

His 'apology' only continues his long string of lies.

He doesn't apologize for starting the illegal war.

But, after it started, "mistakes" were made.

He really seems to be testing the waters for whether or not he can break with Bully Boy Bush.

Breaking with Bush would allow him to, as the Iraq Inquiry did in public testimony, pin the blame on the US government for de-Ba'athification.

Blair's limited apology is an attempt to water down the outrage that still greets him.

What he's still refusing to grasp is that the illegal war will haunt him until his dying day.

There's no escaping it.

And his fake assery today only serves to anger people.

Peter Dominiczak (Telegraph of London) reports:

Families of soldiers killed in Iraq have told of their “revulsion” at Tony Blair’s failure to give a full apology for the war and warned that the Chilcot report will be “a cover-up”. 
[. . .]
 Reg Keys, whose son Lance Corporal Tom Keys was killed in Iraq in 2003, said that he felt “revulsion” when he heard Mr Blair’s comments.
“I feel revulsion,” Mr Keys said. “This man certainly got it wrong. 179 British service personnel dead, 3,500 wounded. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children that lost their lives. The guy has got to hold his hands up [and say] I got it wrong and I apologise.”
Mr Keys added: ““I feel that he’s obviously pre-empting the Iraq inquiry’s findings. It’s finger-pointing. He’s blaming intelligence chiefs for giving him the wrong intelligence. He’s not apologising for toppling Saddam.
“What about apologising for the unnecessary loss of life? The reason we went to war was weapons of mass destruction, not to topple Saddam.” 

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