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 Childrenâ€¼
Rewarding a man directly responsible for the killing of children on a gigantic scaleâ€¼
A man who by any definition possible is a war criminalâ€¼
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 Charterâ€™s ban on waging wars. But Blairâ€™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:
â€œTo 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.â€
A verbatim interpretation of Jacksonâ€™s statement leads to the conclusion that Tony Blair is responsible also for the destruction â€“ 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 Nyheterâ€™s or New York Timesâ€™ 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.