Back in November, Save The Children handed an award to Tony Blair (see "Stop donations to Save The Children to speak out against War Crimes"). The charity organization which depends upon donations to thrive and survive thought they could kiss the empire's ass by handing an award to a War Criminal and just get away with it.
That has not turned out to be the case.
And in an attempt to restore the charity's image (and keep donations coming in), Save The Children has been forced to respond to the mass opposition to their whitewashing the War Criminal.
RT reports that the charity's Chief Executive Justin Forsyth is insisting he is "very sorry" that some people are upset by the decision and that (a) the award was just for Blair's work in Africa and (b) came from the US wing of the charity.
What has War Criminal Blair done for Africa? Forsyth says it was Blair's recent efforts "at two G8 summits."
Blair hasn't accomplished a damn thing on Africa but it's worth noting that whores like Bono and Bob Geldof have repeatedly propped up Tony Blair's image and that they are as responsible as Save The Children for applauding War Criminals.
Forsyth was forced to make a response.
He's a liar.
He's a damn liar.
But he's been forced to speak.
He should be forced to speak more.
And what he said, what RT's reporting should actually result in more outrage.
It's a cute little rewriting of history that Forsyth's offering, one that removes him from the entire issue.
November 28th, Harriet Sherwood (Guardian) reported on the outrage over the award and how it was effecting the charity. Sherwood explained:
A letter sent to employees from the charity’s chief executive, Jasmine Whitbread, says the episode has “touched a nerve close to our sense of identity”, and adds: “We are all frustrated and disappointed at the situation we are in.” She says there should have been better risk assessment.
Whitbread’s letter discloses that Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK and a former Blair employee in Downing Street, played a key role in the process. Forsyth was hired by Blair to mastermind the Make Poverty History campaign at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005, which was cited by Save the Children as a major factor in the award.
Isn't that cute.
Damn liar Forsyth steps forward now to pin the blame on the US wing but 'forgets' to acknowledge that (a) he worked for Blair and (b) he "played a key role in the process."
Forsyth praises Blair's (for-show) efforts at two G8s in his new explanation but one of the two G8s he's praising is actually him praising his own work for Blair.
If this controversy goes away tomorrow, it's already forced Forsyth to pretend to be bothered by those who are "upset."
The controversy should not go away and Tony Blair and Save The Charity should be forever bound to one another unless they rescind the award or Blair returns it.
And this needs to happen because all the other whorish charities -- and let's face it, that's what most of the beggars are -- need to grasp that there are consequences to handing out these awards.
They need to know that they may get in good with someone who is as immensely wealthy as Tony Blair now is (something that should really concern British citizens considering his money situation when he entered Parliament all those years ago), but that they will have a black eye with the public.
The controversy should not go away and people should continue to object to Save The Children and continue to refuse to fund it.
Maybe it's even time to start expanding?
Maybe it's time to make clear to corporate sponsors of Save The Children -- say Johnson and Johnson? -- that when they support charities that hand out awards to War Criminals, they can lose income.
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