Blood Money

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Q.C., former Prime Minister, alleged potential war criminal

Published on Global, by Felicity Arbuthnot, August 21, 2010.

… Writer and activist, David Wilson, suggested other book signings he deemed apt for the relevant week, to the Guardian:

  • “Waterstones are pleased to announce a programme of book signings for the week of 6 – 10 September 2010.
  • 6 September, Osama bin Laden: ‘Town Planning in Manhattan’
  • 7 September, Radovan Karadzic: ‘Hill Walks above Sarajevo’
  • 8 September, Tony Blair: ‘A Journey’
  • 9 September, General Than Shwe: ‘Gated Communities in Rangoon’
  • 10 September, President George W Bush: ‘Shock and Ore.’ “ 

Judas feeling guilty over his thirty pieces of silver crops up a bit. The Daily Finance unkindly point out that: “The donation will significantly cut his tax bill, by an estimated £2.3 million.”

Seeming acres of ungenerous comments gather pace. However, here are some different financial costings:

  • £4.6 million, is exactly the estimated amount of Iraqis displaced by the invasion, internally and externally, who have lost everything. His donation would equal one pound each.
  • For the five million orphans created since 2003, less than a pound each.
  • For the million widows, a little over four pounds each.
  • To the families of the upper estimate of one and a half million resultant dead, under four pounds each.

The Book Signing Occasion, falls in the week that America commemorates 9/11.That day, arguably, the beginning of Blair’s “Journey” – into dodgy dossiers, destruction of two of nations, the spectre of the unexplained death of an eminent scientist, weapons inspector, Dr David Kelly, having said publicly he thought the wmd claims might have been “sexed up” – and his unshakeable, blind, messianic certainty of being “right.”

On the course of this journey, between Iraq and Afghanistan, possibly approaching two million dead, lie strewn along the way.

A shame the signing could not be moved to Saturday,11th September. Were there an arrest, citizens’ or otherwise, no more fitting day for him to begin another journey – to the Hague.

One can only wistfully wish, and fantasize.

On 28th July, former weapons inspector, Hans Blix, told the Chilcot Inquiry in to the invasion, of a conversation he had with Blair on 20th February, 2003, when the invasion was already, clearly, unstoppable: “Wouldn’t it be paradoxical if you invade Iraq with 250,000 men and find very little?”

As this was being written, Britain commemorated the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s speech of 20th August, 1940, which includes the lines: “Never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” Perhaps it should be re-fashioned for our times: “Never have so many died, for being ripped off by so few.” (full text and Notes).

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