George Monbiot savages Tony Blair in the wake of the extraordinary outcome of the Chilcot inquiry -- a seven year investigation of the Labour Government's role in the shambolic invasion of Iraq in 2003:
Blair, the co-author of these crimes, whose lethal combination of appalling judgment and tremendous powers of persuasion made the Iraq war possible, saunters the world, picking up prizes and massive fees, regally granting interviews, cloaked in a forcefield of denial and legal impunity. If this is what politics looks like, is it any wonder that so many people have given up on it?
While the inquiry did not label the war illegal, it found Blair to be guilty of numerous sins, including deliberately misleading the public about Weapons of Mass Destruction.
I will be writing more about this tomorrow in the Banter Magazine, but it is truly appalling that Tony Blair, now a multi-millionaire, will almost certainly walk away from this without consequence. As Monbiot points out, Blair's untouchable position is indicative of a much larger problem. He writes:
Justice is inseparable from democracy. If a prime minister can avoid indictment for waging aggressive war, the entire body politic is corrupted. In the Chilcot report, there is a reckoning, firm and tough and long overdue. But it’s still not justice.
Blair is already so reviled by the British public that he requires round the clock armed security (paid for of course by British taxpayers). While slammed by the inquiry, the fact that he won't face jail time for his role in the worst foreign policy blunder in 50 years will no doubt make them hate him even more -- a small dose of karma for the man who used his considerable talents to do so much damage.