From British daily The Guardian:
* James Sturcke and agencies
*Friday 9 October 2009 16.38 BST
Tony Blair was branded a “war criminal” today by the father of a soldier killed in the Iraq war after a memorial service to honour the dead at which the Archbishop of Canterbury criticised “policy makers” for failing to consider the cost of the conflict.
But he used his address at the national service of remembrance in St Paul’s cathedral to remind his audience that the conflict, which claimed the lives of 179 British service personnel, remained highly controversial.
Among those in the congregation listening to his words was former prime minister Tony Blair, who led the country into war and who was confronted at a reception after the service by Peter Brierley, whose son, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, 28, was killed in March 2003.
“I believe Tony Blair is a war criminal. I can’t bear to be in the same room as him. I can’t believe he’s been allowed to come to this reception. It comes back to me every day, every time I see a coffin come off a plane; it reminds me of what happened to Shaun.”
The father of a British soldier killed in Iraq branded Tony Blair an “opportunist” and the “mother of all liars” on Friday.
Amnesty UK accused the British military on Monday of failure to investigate allegations of torture and murder committed by British troops in Iraq.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband shamelessly declared his support on Sunday for warmonger Tony Blair’s bid to become the first permanent president of the European Union: here.
- Tam Dalyell – ‘Blair should face war crimes trial’ (scotsman.com)