Those were the prophetic words that I heard during every training session of Muay Thai at The University of Birmingham. Tony Blair too might also be aware of this saying, and even if he isn’t he will be soon!
Earlier this week the UK, and world’s, publics finally got their hands on the long- awaited Chilcot inquiry. Set up by former Labour PM Gordon Brown, the inquiry was initially meant to take only one year and its remit was to investigate whether or not the decision to go to war in Iraq had been doctored amongst a whole liturgy of other things (insufficient equipment for the UK forces, had Blair lied to the UK public, were the forces prepared to invade Iraq). That was in June 2009. There’s nothing quite like comical justice, is there? From what I’ve read and listened to, it’s almost as if New Labour never really went away. Blair at the lectern and Alastair Campbell lurching somewhere in the background re-framing every word, every sentence.
The report was released during the Muslim holy feast of Eid. Apart from Aljazeera paying any attention to it, I think the Westminster propaganda machine has done an excellent job publishing it. Furthermore, on home turf, in London where this is written, the country is embroiled in the throngs of a piecemeal exit from the European Union. With the country’s attention diverted, it is my opinion that Blair is getting off the hook very lightly.
Unrepentant. Filled with sorrow. Always on my mind. Difficult decisions.
These are just some of the sound bites that we’ve all heard Mr Blair use as he speaks to the world’s media about Chilcot’s findings.
So where does this leave us? MP George Galloway recently appeared on the BBC’s lite bite programme The Daily Politics, he thinks that Mr Blair cannot be tried for war crimes by the ICC but could face legal action for misconduct in public office. But will this actually be justice or just the closing of a very traumatic chapter of UK and world history? It’s hard to tell. In any other profession where significant fraud is committed, those parties committing the fraud are prosecuted. And let’s not lose sight of what Mr Blair has done in very simple terms. He not only committed fraud, and lied in Parliament, he also committed fraud against the UK public. He must stand trial for that and everyone, especially the families that have lost loved ones, must pursue that line of legal action. It happens in other areas of our economy so why not to a former PM?
We’ve seen that the Inquiry’s findings were delayed until after Brexit’s outcome, they’ve been delayed for years. We’re seeing the very real possibility of Mr Blair and co getting away with, literal, murder, despite praying to ‘God’. Yes. I wonder if blue collar workers could use such devout conscientious chicanery to get away with a bit of minor criminality? And we’ve been witnessing the collapse of the Middle East and the rise of non-state actor terrorist outfits that have grown in the chasms created by the removal of these ‘tyrants’.
The world is now highly volatile and quantitatively less peaceful than before the Iraqi intervention began. The world is not a safer place because of Sadaam’s removal. It is not a safer place because of other dictators being removed. It is worse. History will look back at the dawn of the new Millennium as a last ditch attempt of former, and dying, imperial powers attempting to sway the development of troubled areas of the world their way, and in doing so creating latter-day protectorates and destabilising the MENA region. Thank you, Mr Blair.
And in a solemn, historical, corollary, I would like to share another English tyrant’s epithet,
And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.