Among the mysteries of my life is how a man who claims to be a “Socialist” has devoted his life to aiding the rich and fostering war. Tony Blair lied to the people of Great Britain as well as the world when he supported the Bush invasion of Iraq in search of the ever elusive WMD. Now, that Tony has been blasted by groups such as the Chilcot inquiry for failing to be honest about the reasons for war, he has decided to head for cover in the wilds of America. The Tony Blair Foundation which seeks to foster inter-faith cooperation, is making contact with such eminent American theologians as Rick Warren, head of the Saddleback Church, who does not approve of gays and lesbians, but, what the heck, they don’t count as Christians, anyway.
Tony, we have enough hypocrites in America–Bush Cheney, Rumsfeld, and we certainly don’t need any imported ones. Remain in the United Kingdom and wander around explaining why hundreds of British men and women died or were wounded because of your lies. In fairness, Tony Blair has always been open about his faith, the problem is, he has never been open about his politics.
The Archbishop of Canterbury followed the recent testimony of former prime minister Tony Blair at the Chicot inquiry into origins of the Iraq war. He urged Blair to recognize his “absurdity,” and suggested he read a bit of Dostoevsky in order to understand the nature of what constitutes soul searching. Unfortunately, for Blair, it appears he loves to go to church and echo religious platitudes, but the man lacks any capacity to search into his own soul and grasp the nature of his absurd decision to send his country into a war. A venture into the writings of Dostoevsky leads any reader into encounters with characters that spend their lives soul searching.
Rowan Williams said, “I did once rather unkindly say that Tony Blair did do God but he didn’t do irony. Irony is when you recognize that your own sense of dramatic power is always something that is going to be absurd in the light of truth. The readiness to cope with that absurdity is something that you have to learn in order to grow up.”
Unfortunately, Tony Blair was unable to utter a single regret for sending hundreds of British soldiers to their death as well as thousands of Iraqis. The ultimate in his absurdity is claiming that Saddam Hussein not only threatened “a region, but the world.” Yes, Tony, he threatened the world with an army that was wiped out during the Gulf War in a few days and wiped out again in 2003!
Former prime minister Tony Blair believes he is being treated unfairly by the British media whom he describes as “feral beasts of the media” because of non-ceasing criticism of his actions as leader of the nation during the Iraq war. According to Blair, “it’s not true nobody likes me,” and claims “there is a completely different atmosphere outside the country.” On one hand, he probably is speaking the truth for the simple reason world media has not been reporting what has been presented at the Chilcot inquiry. One former minister after another has come forth with testimony that Blair was repeatedly told there were no WMD in Iraq and he refused to accept information from his advisors.
At some point next year, Blair will have to appear before the Chilcot inquiry and respond to evidence presented that he lied to the people of the United Kingdom. He will be asked to respond to evidence that he knew there were no WMD but went ahead with the invasion in order to placate George Bush.