Tony Blair, quit as ‘peace envoy’, Britons say

This video from Britain is called TONY BLAIR should be charged with WAR CRIMES over Iraq invasion Says Tony Benn.

Having warmonger Tony Blair as ‘peace envoy’ is like a professional butcher presiding over a vegetarian society, or the pope as chairman of an atheist organisation.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Diplomats call on Tony Blair to quit as Middle East peace envoy over Iraq legacy

Kunal Dutta

Monday 23 June 2014

Tony Blair is facing calls to step down from his role as Middle East envoy after a scathing letter signed by former British ambassadors and politicians that accuses him of trying to “absolve himself” of responsibility for the crisis in Iraq.

The letter, with signatories including his former ambassador to Iran Sir Richard Dalton and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone – comes weeks after he published an essay in which he claimed that the 2003 invasion was not to blame for the current crisis.

But the letter rejects this, saying: “We believe that Mr Blair, as a vociferous advocate of the invasion, must accept a degree of responsibility for its consequences.”

The letter, addressed to foreign ministers in the US, Russia and the EU as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, adds that the former prime minister’s achievement[s] as Middle East envoy are “negligible”.

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Tony Blair refuted on Iraq

This April 2014 video from Britain is called Tony Blair Would Support Al-Qaeda In Syria.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

WARMONGER: A young writer took his red proofing pen to Tony Blair’s essay on Iraq and the Middle East yesterday, with the marked piece quickly going viral online.

In the essay Mr Blair demands more bloodshed in Syria and tries to wash his hands of sparking the latest round of killings in Iraq.

Marking it, Alex Nunns had to leave it ungraded as it was “not an essay but a collection of unsubstantiated opinions.”

Mr Nunns advised Mr Blair that the piece displayed “lack of effort and vigour.”

It remains to be seen if Mr Blair will attend detention as ordered.

In the last line of his review of Blair, Alex Nunns tells Blair to go to detention at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defence, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki had formally requested that the United States assist its military operations against Sunni rebels with “air power”: here.

Obama to send up to 300 ‘military advisers’ to help Iraqi army: here.

“They are high-ranking officers. They are Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, said retired Marine Sgt. Adam Banotai. Banotai, who scrapped through the brutal battle for Fallujah during the Iraq war, thinks the term ‘adviser’ is misplaced. ‘It is political semantics,’ he said. ‘We are calling them adviser now…instead of combat troops or boots on the ground. They are the most elite fighters we have,’ he added. ‘So, if they aren’t going to be combat troops — I’m not quite sure who the president is going to refer to as combat troops.’”

Saudi Arabia has further fuelled sectarian tensions in the Middle East with comments yesterday by Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal blaming the US-backed Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad for the escalating conflict in Iraq: here.

Saudi Arabia rejects Iraqi accusations of Isis support. Government statement accuses Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki of false allegations in his claims that Saudis are facilitating genocide: here.

The offensive in Iraq of the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not only revealed the destructive character of the US-led imperialist interventions in the Middle East, but also the corrupt and cynical character of its regional allies—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives: here.

Listen: “Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq.” By Amy Goodman: here.

From Alternet in the USA: The Devastating Truth of How We Destroyed Iraq in Order to Save It…For Ourselves: here.

The US occupation opened up religious fault lines in Iraq that have now exploded, writes Ramzy Baroud: here.

The Obama administration is utilizing the crisis in Iraq as an opportunity to escalate the US war drive throughout the Middle East, with Syria in the crosshairs: here.