Will a million signatures stop honoring a war criminal? – Middle East Monitor

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said Mr Blair deserves the title of knight, the title of ‘Sir’ bestowed on him by the Queen, the UK’s highest honor, for ‘making the Great Brittany a better country “. In contrast, more than a million British citizens (including those of Arab and Muslim origin) have signed a petition calling for the Queen’s withdrawal of this honor, claiming he is a “war criminal”.

A number of newspapers, with headlines such as “Honor Tony Blair ?! He Should Be Tried for Disaster in Iraq” by Britain the sun diary. The British organization Stop the War, which is best known for its opposition to the British government’s foreign policy of war and imperial expansion, since America declared a “war on terror” and invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, urges people to protest this honor.

What we all know is that despite the global outcry against the war and despite the participation of two million British citizens in the largest protest march Britain has ever seen, the first of its kind in the course of where people demonstrated against a war before it started, Blair chose to ignore the protesters and start the war. It was carried out with fabricated accusations, which were exposed to the public after the invasion, and in order to solidify the Anglo-American anchor on Iraqi lands and resources, the destruction of the state and the neutralization of the position. Iraqi principle in Palestinian territory. publish. This puts us in front of important questions about the importance of popular initiatives in putting pressure on governments or influential parties to change their policies on a particular problem. Will the petitioners now succeed in putting pressure on the Prime Minister, a Conservative, to try to persuade the Queen to take away her honor from Tony Blair? How many citizens must sign the petition for their voice to have a real impact? Is there any hope to change the royal decision? If this does not happen, we are faced with the most important question: what is the point of signing petitions?

People sign petition calling for Tony Blair to be stripped of his knight for his crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan – Caricature [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

It seems impossible to put pressure on the Queen to change her decision to honor Blair, as this has mainly to do with the British royal tradition that previous prime ministers are given a knighthood regardless of their party or their domestic or foreign policy. On the contrary, the success of the Prime Minister and his government is often measured by foreign policy based on the economic well-being of the country. Is there anything more profitable than industries related to wars and the appropriation of resources from countries ravaged by wars and conflicts, of all kinds, what has Blair accomplished?

From this expansionist imperialist perspective, it is unreasonable for the Queen to withdraw the honor, especially since that would necessarily mean admitting or, at least, prosecuting Tony Blair as a war criminal, as he has decided to start a war. which has harmed Britain itself, not Iraq. It is also difficult to prove that he harmed Britain as a country because the British people re-elected him in the period following the invasion and occupation of Iraq, at a time when the occupation armies were receiving blows from the Iraqi resistance. This may translate, on the ground, to the fact that Tony Blair has succeeded in arousing “patriotic” sentiments to defend the British soldiers defending “democratic values” and to protect Britain from a threat that would target it in the United States. 45 minutes, as Blair said.

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Lord Chilcot’s report on the war in Iraq, after a seven-year investigation, came to conclusions that questioned the credibility of Blair’s claims, particularly about the threat to the British people, but he was arrested here and did not go beyond so that Blair would not stand trial for his contribution to the war which caused the deaths of a million Iraqis and 179 British soldiers, and led to the creation of Islamic State and the perpetuation of violence in Iraq today. One of the conclusions of the report is that the Iraqi president did not pose an immediate threat to British interests at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the intelligence services have, without a doubt,

prove the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and there were alternatives to war that had not been fully considered, resulting in the deaths of British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

Why, then, isn’t Tony Blair on trial as a war criminal, or at least why isn’t his royal honor taken away? In response to the second question, which also applies to the first, British journalist and presenter Jeremy Clarkson says that while one million people have signed a petition demanding the withdrawal of Blair’s Medal of Honor in a country with a total population of over 70 million, 69 million have not done so, although signing the petition electronically takes no effort. In other words, either they don’t want to or they don’t care about the whole issue. Clarkson explains that the only realistic way to prevent Blair from receiving this honor is to hold a formal referendum on the matter, but after the disaster of Britain’s exit from the European Union, there is no sign that this is happening.

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Does this feeling of preconceived failure lead us not to participate in any collective initiative for change? There are successes, although few in number, that refute the “predestination” to failure. On October 10, 1998, for example, the Chilean dictator Pinochet was arrested for “genocide and terrorism which includes murder” during his visit to London, among others, according to an arrest warrant that human rights activists managed to activate. . They took advantage of the principle of universal judicial authority, which allows countries to prosecute cases involving acts of torture, genocide and other crimes against humanity regardless of where the crime was committed, and whatever the nationality of the perpetrators of these crimes or the nationalities of their victims. In October 2009, Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, canceled a trip to Britain for fear of being arrested for war crimes committed against Palestinians. In January 2010, former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni canceled her visit to Britain after an arrest warrant was issued against her. We know that Tony Blair no longer dares to roam the streets of his homeland, Great Britain, in order to avoid the anger of the people and, who knows, with the changing balance of global and local power, human persistence in Iraq. -British human rights group may be able to bring him to justice in the near future as a war criminal, whatever his title.

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