Tony Blair should be sacked as Middle East envoy, say former ambassadors

Labour Left Hounds Blair, Initiates “Sack Blair” Drive

Three former ambassadors are among the signators of a new petition drive determined to “Sack Blair” as the Middle East Peace Envoy. According to coverage in yesterday’s Guardian, Sir Richard Dalton, Blair’s former ambassador to Iran, Oliver Miles, ambassador to Libya in 1984 (when diplomatic relations were severed), and Christopher Long, ambassador to Egypt 1992-95 are the leading signers of the petition, which is addressed to John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, Lady Catherine Ashton and Ban Ki-Moon.

Organized by “The Killing of Tony Blair” producer George Galloway, the letter reads in part: “In order to justify the [2003 invasion of Iraq], Tony Blair misled the British people by claiming that Saddam had links to al-Qaeda. In the wake of recent events it is a cruel irony for the people of Iraq that perhaps the invasion’s most enduring legacy has been the rise of fundamentalist terrorism in a land where none existed previously. We believe that Mr. Blair, as a vociferous advocate of the invasion, must accept a degree of responsibility for its consequences.”
‘His Tenure is untenable’

Released June 27, the letter was timed with the seventh anniversary of Blair’s appointment as envoy of the Middle East “Quartet,” which includes the U.K., U.S., EU and Russia. The signers call his achievements during that time “negligible,” noting the continued presence of “over 500 checkpoints and roadblocks” in the West Bank, the “humanitarian crisis” in the Gaza Strip, and the continuing construction of Israeli settlements. They note Blair’s conflict of interest, as head of Tony Blair Associates, and his “consulting” role with JPMorgan Chase.Additional signatories include former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, U.K. human rights attorney Michael Mansfield, former Liberal Democrat peer Lady Tonge, former Tory prisons minister Crispin Blunt, Blair nemesis George Galloway, Green MP Caroline Lucas and Daily Telegraph columnist Peter Oborne.

The Guardian quotes MP George Galloway, who recently advanced the impeachment of Tony Blair in the House of Commons.

Galloway: “I have begun the process of parliamentary impeachment of Tony Blair. The House of Commons will vote on that later this year. His position is collapsing along with the state of Iraq he helped destroy. His tenure as Quartet envoy is now untenable.”

Blair ‘Defends’ Himself Against Attack

Thursday, June 19th, days after the impeachment move against Blair by MP George Galloway, the Financial Times of London ran an editorial headlined “Where the Blame Lies Over Iraq” blasting Little Satan Number One for his insane defense of the war in Iraq. The FT attacks the “unseemly and absurd” efforts by the “class of 2003” (Blair, Cheney, and Paul Bremer) to paint themselves as guiltless for the present chaos in Iraq. The FT announces that the invasion against Saddam opened the door for al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremists to take over.

Rather than shut up and avoid further blowback, the craven Blair has written a new op-ed in response, published in yesterday’s FT. In it, he claims that, in fact, he is not “seeking to persuade people about the decision in 2003.” In fact, he’s just trying to inform everyone of the real problem — which is not the British Empire and their Saudi pals, but the “toxic mix of bad politics and bad religion … not confined to Iraq or Syria but … spread not just across the Middle East but also the world.”
‘The Boy Who Cried Wolfowitz’

Blair even agrees with the major premise of the June 19th FT editorial, saying, “we got into such difficulty in Iraq … because once the dictatorship was removed, extremist Islamist forces made progress extraordinarily difficult.” He claims (justly, in truth) that he is the authority on Islamist extremism, the real menace to civilization, and that is why he is speaking out.Blair concludes: “Long term, we have to have the right mixture of soft and hard power responses, which fights this extremism wherever it is conducting its terror campaigns. [emphasis added] We must deal with the root cause of the problem which lies in the formal and informal systems that educate young people in a closed-minded approach to religion and culture.”

Tony was brutalized in the comments section on the FT website. Some examples: ” I hope you will one day be indicted for crimes against humanity”; “Why is he still at large?”; “Methinks he doth protest too much”; “Use this article for your defence when you appear before the ICC” (International Criminal Court); and “Tony Blair is the boy who cried Wolfowitz.”

How MI6 Controls the ISIS Terrorists

For months it was in the news that 400 Britons had joined the jihadis in Syria. Foreign Secretary William Hague himself said so. However, the number of these British jihadis is much larger and it has been revealed that some of them were trained to be Sunni jihadists by a jihad-seeking Saudi mullah in a British mosque under the watchful eyes of the MI6.

The Independent yesterday reported Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood saying at least 1,500 Britons, if not more, have joined the terrorist-led jihad in Syria and Iraq, rejecting the 400 figure handed out by Hague, and 500 such jihadis referred to by U.K.’s anti-terror chief Sir Peter Fahy. “I imagine 1,500 certainly would be the lower end. If you look across the whole of the country, there’s been a number of people going across,” Mahmood said.

What is even more revealing is the report that some of these jihadis were trained by a Saudi preacher operating from within a Cardiff mosque. The Mail Online today pointed to Mohammed al-Arifi, who has called for holy war to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spoke at the Al Manar center in Cardiff, Wales. Although banned from entering Switzerland because of his extremist views, al-Arifi has visited the U.K. several times. A Sunni Muslim, he has been accused of stirring up tensions with Shi’a Muslims, reportedly calling it evil and accusing adherents of kidnapping, cooking and skinning children. A source close to the Yemeni community in Cardiff told Mail Online: “These boys were groomed [at Al Manar] to fight the Shi’as, fight these people, fight those that’s where it started. The teaching [at Al Manar] helped the people recruiting. If someone tried to recruit me, I wouldn’t go unless I’m convinced. But once they’re groomed, all it takes is someone to say ‘come and I’ll take you.'”

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