"But how can you live and have no story to tell?" Fyodor Dostoevsky
Tony Blair; he keeps popping up. You can flush the system as much as you like, but the god-bothering, war-monger won't sink. He may wiz around the bowl a few times, leaving skid marks on the porcelain. Yet, he's still there.
Without shame, he recently resurfaced at the dedication of a memorial for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers he had killed through his callous religion-driven desire for confrontation. Soldiers, who died to fulfil Blairs fetish for supporting Bush II. The relatives of those killed were not provided seats. Yet, the instigator of the slaughter smooched around pressing the flesh.
In Blair’s distorted mind the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified. He defended himself in a robust manner during the Chilcott inquiry, rejecting its findings. In summary, the inquiry found Blair exaggerated the case for war. That Saddam Hussein was no imminent threat and the UK military was ill-equipped for the task. Thus we had an unjustified war and Blair misled the country.
But his staunch defence could not take away from the fact that he looked liked a haunted figure. A shrunken man, who was facing a reckoning. He tried to make us believe his deceit. Yet, if Saddam Hussain was such an evil guy then why did the UK and the US support him for decades.
To go to war Blair used ‘historical amnesia' to twist the truth. He manufactured consent with the infamous doctored intelligence dossier. Throughout all this, he kept his religion under wraps fearful of the impact. As Alastair Campbell, Blair’s rottweiler communications guy, said: “We don’t do God”. Except that Blair was doing God and big time. He kept much of that secret from the public, fearful of the political consequences. He’s since admitted he prayed and sought guidance from God for the war.
In 2005, after the Iraq invasion, with no weapons of mass destruction found, Blair flipped his reasoning. He justified the invasion on the grounds of confronting radical Islam. This is despite the fact Iraq was free of radical Islam until the invasion. Blair also argued that Iraq was a better place after the invasion. This is a plain falsehood. Ten thousands of corpses of innocent men women and children attest to this lie. Meanwhile, today, Iraq is a non-functioning state and the crucible of terrorism. That’s Blair’s legacy.
Once out of office Blair immediately converted to Catholicism. Since then he has bounced around as a hired help to various human rights abusers. In a laughable twist, he undertook the role of Middle East Peace Envoy having spent a good part of his time in office destabilising the region. You can’t make this up. He resigned from that position in 2015, having achieved, wait for it … nothing.
And the turd surfaces again. He’s seeking to meddle in Brexit. With his former party, Labour, in disarray the Tories are dictating the agenda, Tony can’t stand to be out of the game. The UK would be well advised to give him a wide berth.
Hopefully, we can finally flush the bowl to see this rancid little man, with his pumped up ego and messiah complex, finally disappear. To see him on trial for war crimes would be a good outcome. No lesser figure than Bishop Tutu of South Africa suggested Blair face charges. In 2011, a mock war-crimes tribunal held in Kuala Lumpur found Blair and Bush guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide. He needn’t worry. Given the incestuous nature of the British establishment, he's well protected.
If there is a God I doubt he will welcome Tony Blair at the Pearly Gates. More like Blair will be going somewhere much warmer. In the meantime keeping flushing that bowl. One day he will sink without a trace.
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.