From Associated Press today:
At least 245 million women around the world have been widowed and more than 115 million of them live in devastating poverty, according to a new study launched Tuesday night by Cherie Blair, wife of the former British prime minister.
The most dire consequences are faced by 2 million Afghan widows and at least 740,000 Iraqi widows who lost their husbands as a result of the ongoing conflicts; by widows and their children evicted from their family homes in sub-Saharan Africa; by elderly widows caring for grandchildren orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis, and by child widows aged 7 to 17 in developing countries, the report said.
Correctly, this study points out the suffering of especially the widows of Iraq and Afghanistan “as a result of the ongoing conflicts“. But, Ms Cherie Blair … these “ongoing conflicts” are the wars started by George W. Bush and by your husband, Tony Blair. Wars which you might have opposed. But which you never in fact did oppose, though it would have been big news if Tony Blair, besides being unable to count on the support of the majority of the British people for his warmongering, would not even have been able to count on the loyalty of his own wife to those wars of bloodbaths and torture.
Another point: the report, presented today by Cherie Blair, mentions “at least 740,000 Iraqi [war] widows”. If people mentioned estimates like from British medical journal The Lancet that by now, Bush’s and Tony Blair‘s war in Iraq has killed over a million people, supporters of Bush’s and Tony Blair‘s wars tended to react hysterically. Somewhat similarly as neo nazis denying Hitler’s Holocaust, they would say that numbers of people killed are much much lower blah blah blah blah (US Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, though an Iraq war supporter, did not, by the way).
To the 740,000 Iraqi husbands killed according to Ms Blair’s figures must be added Iraqi unmarried men, women, and children killed; in all probability, hundreds of thousands of them, bringing the total number of casualties to over a million; whatever neo-conservative denialists say.
Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes. Blair’s, which has earned him a £4.6 million advance, will appear next month: here.