Put Blair on trial for war crimes, Scots say

Tony Blair and British soldiers who died in Iraq, cartoon

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

MSPs back law to try Blair

Friday 07 September 2012

A proposal which could mean former prime minister Tony Blair faces trial for war crimes in Scotland received MSPs’ backing today.

The motion tabled by Independent MSP Margo MacDonald called for an amendment to the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Act 2001 making the waging of aggressive war with the intention of regime change illegal “so that Tony Blair could be brought to trial in Scotland.”

The proposal gained support from SNP backbenchers Annabelle Ewing, Gordon MacDonald, John Finnie, Chic Brodie and Jim Eadie.

Ms MacDonald, a former SNP deputy leader, said Scotland had an opportunity to incorporate international criminal law into Scots law which has until now been distinct.

Her husband Jim Sillars called on “Alex Salmond’s government or a bold backbencher” to “introduce retrospective legislation to indict the former prime minister on war crimes.”

Mr Sillars said: “We have to ask if it can ever be right that a leader who paved the way to aggressive war through lies, distortions and manipulation should go unpunished while the victims of that war are either lying destroyed in their many thousands, or are living with the terrible consequences of it?”

Blair knew aggressive war was a crime. He believed he was safe, there being no legal system that could touch him. There is one now – ours,” he added.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called last week for Mr Blair and former US president George W Bush to be tried at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for their role in the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The Nobel Peace prize winner said that had Mr Blair and Mr Bush been former African leaders they would already have faced trial. The death toll during and after the Iraq war is sufficient on its own for Mr Blair and Mr Bush to be prosecuted, he said.

Desmond Tutu has helped us see the true nature of what the former prime minister did to Iraq and increased pressure for a prosecution: here.

13 thoughts on “Put Blair on trial for war crimes, Scots say

  1. The public choice for Blair statue

    Friday 14 September 2012

    I note that the House of Commons works of art committee has been in discussion for plans for a statue of Tony Blair to feature in the Members’ Lobby.

    Since this tribute to a man that numerous leading international law experts are working to have tried at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, will be at the taxpayers’ expense, the taxpayer should surely have some say in the matter.

    Last year sculptress May Ayres held an eye-watering exhibition of her work at St John’s Church in Bethnal Green, London.

    God’s Wars was dedicated to the victims of Blair’s lies, the broken lives, broken bodies, broken babies, accompanied by chilling depictions of Blair, John Negroponte and the worst of deviant military might.

    Ms Ayres’s curator Mick Perry encapsulates the wickedness of the assault on Iraq enabled, argue the lawyers, by Blair’s dodgy dossiers.

    Mr Perry wrote: “May and I both regard this lawless war as also the strangest and most sinister conflict that our country has ever been involved in.”

    Might I suggest that the exhibition’s presentation of Tony Blair could not be surpassed as the real man behind the orange permatan, the dodgy eyes and the seemingly ceaseless grin. The committee surely need look no further for a belatedly accurate replica.


    Felicity Arbuthnot
    London E9



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