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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Could Tony Blair be right?

Tony Blair is Britain's most successful Labour leader - he won three elections.  He was also instrumental in bringing peace to Northern Ireland so this man has some credibility under his belt.  That was until the Iraq war.   Yesterday, London Mayor Boris Johnson told a newspaper what the world is thinking "I think Tony Blair has finally gone mad......he needs psychiatric help."

London Mayor, Boris Johnson

Just when western allies finally figured out that George Bush and Tony Blair should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the shocking loss of civilian life in the Iraq war, Blair thinks the job isn't finished and we need to go back.  Not with boots on the ground this time, but with air strikes and drones because they were very successful in Libya, another failed state after western interference.

On his website, Blair wrote a lengthy essay in which he says, among other things, that the USA/UK invasion of Iraq was not responsible for the mess Iraq now finds itself in.  He believes the rise of Isis is linked to the Syrian war.  "To argue otherwise is wilful' he said. "The operation in Mosul was planned and organized from Raqqa, across the Syrian border. The fighters were trained and battle-hardened in the Syrian war." 

"We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that we have caused this" he said.  "We haven't - we can argue as to whether our policies at points have helped or not, and whether action or inaction is the best policy, but the fundamental cause of the crisis lies within the region, not outside it."

"I understand entirely why people say it is nothing to do with us and I don't want to hear about it.......the jihadis are not simply fighting Iraquis, they are also willing to fight us, and they will if we don't stop them.

"We have to put aside the differences of the past and act now to save the future.  Where the extremists are fighting, they have to be countered, hard, with force."

And he made a chilling prediction.  "If we continue to do nothing, we could have a terror attack in the UK."