Saturday, January 30, 2010
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Blair living in a wonderland of his own making
If the world is watching the charade going on in Chilcot enquiry, as delivering justice to the victimized Iraqis and Afghanis, by charging former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his illegal participation in a war that his own people so overwhelmingly opposed, the entire proceeding will be a serious let down. However, it is illuminating to the world, how far Blair is living away from the realities of human existence in the Third World. Some of Blair’s hallucinations about British role in the present world are mind-boggling.
Blair’s stand made out that even though 9/11 was not carried out by Saddam, a collective punishment is due for the entire Muslim world. That in effect was the underlining motivation of ‘war on terror’.
Blair stressed, that he had the total security of the West in mind, when he sided with Bush to pound Iraq. He had no regret for the excessive nature of human tragedies that the overwhelming aerial bombing had resulted in. To take out Saddam and his two sons, US and UK killed over 200,000 in direct bombings. And that too while the entire world, even France and Russia, that can be counted as major stakeholders in the Western World’s overall security, had given advance and persistent indication that they would NOT side with the US and UK in waging war on Iraq.
In his six hour testimony, he seems to have been influenced by the Jewish Neo-con strategies in the use of power and the need to secure the Western world, while US exploits its armed power to take over weak and indefensible nations with oil income that may translate into security threats in the distant future.
In his paranoia he has not bothered to chalk out the consequences of the armed attacks on foreign countries. US/UK/Israel have reached the limits of the efficacy of their armed might that has now opened the Pandora’s Box. Blair has taken up the same Israeli line on Iran. He again and again brought up Iran in his testimony. He is oblivious to the fact that in Afghanistan which the US and NATO forces have completely destroyed, they are now suing for a peace move --- so disdainfully rejected by Taliban. Their prime target Al Qaida has now resorted to a ‘hide and seek’ game gamboling all over the world. And it should be no surprise if they too pick up from Blair and Bush and start with their own collective punishment strategies, fine-tuned to take revenge on the Axis.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai