Category Archives: Blair

When will we learn that war is complete idiocy?

“When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?…”

129 brutally killed in Paris: western media on fire. 43 brutally killed in Lebanon: the usual short notices in our media. 1,000,000 killed in Iraq: the root of the evil seldom mentioned.

Bernie Sanders cursed in church during Saturday’s Democratic candidate debate by saying that ISIS was created by the Iraq war, although it should be self-evident for anyone with an IQ above 30. It means that only top level reactionary pundits, journalists and politicians can ignore such a clear fact. Sanders’ outspoken view on this topic may very well be what disqualifies him as a candidate for the Democrats (if not all his other less housetrained opinions do). Implicitly he says that the Paris massacres can be put on Bush’s and Blair’s account (as war criminals).

When will we learn? For 500 years European powers have sought to subdue the entire world with military power. Initially these immoralities may have had some profitable effect for Europe. Assets of all kinds – technology, raw materials, slaves – could be stolen and enrich the masters of the world. At the same time the subdued countries could be withheld, their often superior products banned from competition by trade barriers and their own cultures undermined from within.

If this immoral behavior once could be said to work – for us – that is since long not true. The conquered colonies back then had no weapons that matched ours, which was the decisive factor, but that’s not how it works today. We can no longer intimidate people with threat and use of violence: they can hit back in all kinds of ways, and they do. If we don’t rise above this imperialist thinking once and for all, we can look forward to perpetual massacres from all sides: a mutual suicide and destruction that will end our era as masters of the world.

As we are pathologically fixated on killing as a means to achieve power, a country such as China is conquering the world behind our backs with peaceful and constructive methods, such as trade deals and all kinds of contribution to development, not least important infrastructure projects.

The Chinese cannot be intimidated. Their prime principle of foreign policy is non-interference in other countries internal affairs. When the West someday reaches the same level of political maturity, war will become a rarity.

Until then we have to sit with jaws dropped and watch our profit fixated business leaders and their bought politicians handle a dysfunctional economic system which funnels obscene wealth to a few at the expense of the majority and their need of fair living conditions and a decent society.

War criminal awarded by established charity organization

What do we get if we mix the most bizarre, dystopic and satiric pieces from Kafka, Orwell, Swift and The Simpsons?

Perhaps traumas of the kind that followed from reading RT.com the other day: that Tony Blair had been honored with the Global Legacy Award by the UK branch of the global charity organization Save the Children.

The first reaction was to take a deep breath and try to cool the brain.

Save the Children‼
Rewarding a man directly responsible for the killing of children on a gigantic scale‼
A man who by any definition possible is a war criminal‼

A war criminal? The United Nations Charter states in Article 2:

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

The war on Iraq – which Blair bore a main responsibility for – glaringly violated the UN Charter’s ban on waging wars. But Blair’s guilt doesn’t end there. The legal basis upon which Nazi leaders were sentenced to be hanged in Nuremberg was laid out by the chief American prosecutor during the trials, Robert H. Jackson, with the words:

“To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

A verbatim interpretation of Jackson’s statement leads to the conclusion that Tony Blair is responsible also for the destruction – material and political, including the deaths through atrocities – which Iraq since has suffered as a direct consequence of the war of aggression spearheaded by US and UK.

Another significant aspect of this tragic story is the media coverage. While independent web media and the blogosphere are overflowing with mostly appalled comments, mainstream media seem to hide the embarrassing incident in silence. I could at least get no hits using Dagens Nyheter’s or New York Times’ search engines.

My family was a member of Save the Children in Sweden and we used to contribute a small, monthly amount. We are now forced to turn our backs to this compromised organization and find another, more trustworthy charity receiver.