The absolutely craven and disgusting former British prime minister Tony Blair has been under fire since new reports have emerged that he strongly promised support for the Bush-Cheney gang’s plans to wage a criminal and illegal war against Iraq long before those plans even became public. Blair’s desperate desire to ingratiate himself with the US government has long been well known and he was called ‘Bush’s poodle’, though that is an insult to a proud, intelligent, and dignified breed of dog. I wonder how the British public feel about their prime minister having been so abjectly servile to US leaders.
Blain is now apologizing for his ‘mistakes’, blaming it on receiving faulty intelligence. The faux apology comes before the public release of the long-delayed Chilcot inquiry into the war, though Blair and other principal figures have apparently been told what the verdict on them is.
For the first time publicly, Blair has admitted to oversights in intelligence and planning of the war — referring to the allegation that Saddam’s regime possessed weapons of mass destruction, a claim used by the U.S. and British governments to justify launching the invasion.
“I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. I also apologize for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime,” he said.
Blair’s latest remarks are in stark contrast to his statement in 2004, when he told British MPs: “I will not apologize for the conflict. I believe it was right.” In 2007, he reiterated this sentiment, saying: “I don’t think we should be apologizing at all for what we are doing in Iraq.”
But they were not mistakes. They were a conscious decision to go to war on the basis of a fraudulent case that was concocted by them out of manufactured evidence and rank fear-mongering. As a result, the entire region is up in flames with hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured, and millions more homeless and refugees. It was a monstrous crime. Blair, like Bush and Cheney are war criminals and no number of weasel-worded apologies is going to change that.
Blair is a devout Catholic, keeping his deep religiosity a secret because unlike in the US, being overtly religious is not seen as such a plus there, and he converted to that faith after he left office. Maybe he is worried about his immortal soul and is seeking to make amends so that his soul does not burn in hell forever.
But for salvation, he should see a priest. There can be no redemption on this Earth for such craven war mongers like Blair. They must be treated like the pariahs they are.