British petition for Blair accountability on Iraq war lies


This January 2015 video from Britain is called Tony Blair Not In Jail? I Literally Don’t Understand: Russell Brand The Trews (E235).

By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:

Blair petition passes 10,000 signatures

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Milestone means government must respond

A PETITION calling for MPs to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the public in the run-up to the Iraq war reached a significant milestone yesterday.

The online parliamentary petition now has over 10,000 signatories, which means the government will have to make an official reply.

Stop the War vice-chair Chris Nineham told the Star that it was “no surprise” that people had already signed in such numbers.

Mr Nineham said: “The act of lying to take us into the Iraq war, more than any, other embodies the contempt for democracy that plagues our politics.”

He said it was “essential” that Mr Blair “faces some accounting as a warning to politicians in the future not to take us into disastrous foreign wars and not to deceive the public and Parliament alike.”

Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly member Adam Price, who instigated the petition, said he was pleased with its progress and hoped it would gain the 100,000 signatures needed to force a Commons debate on the issue.

Mr Price said: “Blair is guilty of a litany of errors and failures” and “must face his day of reckoning if justice is to be served to all of those who suffered at his hands.”

He said he had been working with MPs across all parties who are “all eager to ensure that everything possible is done to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the House of Commons and the public.”

SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh welcomed the news and pledged to “continue to work with MPs from across the House of Commons who want to see Parliament act to address this serious issue.

She said: “If we are to retain the public’s confidence in Parliament, we must hold Tony Blair to account for the misleading statements he made in the run up to the war in Iraq.”

The petition can be found at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/159996.

British Pfizerist anti-Corbynist Smith ‘economical with truth’ on Iraq war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton Accuses Pfizer Of Gaming Tax System | Calls To Prevent Inversions & Tax Dodge

25 November 2015

US Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has accused Pfizer of gaming the tax system with its deal with Allergan, touted to be the largest deal of its kind. Hillary Clinton has called US Congress to whip such inversions and tax dodging deals.

So, even Hillary Clinton, so often on the side of Wall Street and Big Business, criticizes Big Pharma corporation Pfizer.

However, in Britain, ex(?)-Pfizer lobbyist Owen Smith is now the candidate of the Blairite coup to overthrow democratically Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. At first, the Blairites tried to prevent Corbyn from being a candidate in the new leadership election. However, that failed.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Will the real Smith please stand up?

Thursday 21st July 2016

A REMARKABLE phenomenon of post-independence-war Ireland was the number of “secret” IRA members who emerged into the light.

They were people unsuspected by neighbours of taking up arms against Crown forces until they turned up to claim a military pension.

Well-connected worthies would back up each other’s claims, leaving bystanders nonplussed and feeding political reputations.

It’s not an exact parallel, but Owen Smith’s assertion that he opposed the invasion of Iraq and offered his resignation as a special adviser to then pro-war Welsh secretary Paul Murphy has taken anti-war activists’ breath away.

No-one saw him at any anti-war rallies and marches, but we have his word for how he really felt deep inside.

Smith has also taken the trouble to describe as nonsense the suggestion that he was ever in favour of private-sector penetration of the NHS, despite issuing a press release to this effect when paid £80,000 a year by US transnational corporation Pfizer to push this agenda.

Jeremy Corbyn’s challenger explains that this misleading impression arose from an “extrapolation of one comment in a press release about a report commissioned by Pfizer before I worked there.”

Smith, of course, believes in a “100 per cent publicly owned NHS free at the point of use,” which begs the question why he would seek employment at a company committed to undermining that principle.

He is, he claims, as anti-austerity as Corbyn, but he would go further, proposing solutions while the Labour leader is content with mouthing slogans.

But Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have never relied solely on denunciation.

They have been engaged in challenging government policies in Parliament and forcing significant retreats over attacks on benefits, spending cuts and collaboration with overseas dictatorships.

McDonnell has convened economic policy meetings with various experts to prepare a detailed and coherent alternative to both the Tories’ austerity agenda and the austerity-lite approach favoured by Labour, including Smith, before Corbyn was elected.

By badging himself as “left-wing,” Smith accepts implicitly that Labour’s membership was attracted by the progressive alternative put forward by Corbyn rather than the variations on the status quo offered by his opponents.

He plays down the matter of policy differences, declaring: “I don’t think Jeremy is a leader,” which translates as Corbyn can’t win elections — a statement readily exposed as nonsense by Labour’s poll results since last September.

Smith should perhaps remind himself that, having been shoe-horned into Blaenau Gwent as Labour candidate for the 2006 by-election — where records for Labour majorities were regularly set — he lost decisively to Independent Dai Davies.

He ought also to appreciate how inappropriate was his “compromise” offer of a consolation prize of party president to Corbyn if he submitted to the bullying campaign to step down as leader.

If Corbyn could be bought by New Labour, he would have been wrapped up and taken home already.

While the leader looks forward to a comradely contest before the party returns “stronger and more united” to defeat the Tory government, Owen and his backers insist that Labour would split if Corbyn is re-elected.

The challenger insists that Labour is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”

This is presumably the same Labour that has the highest number of members since just after the second world war, headed by a leader who addresses standing-room only public rallies.

We all know that the role of lobbyists and snake oil salesmen is to persuade us to see reality in a different light, but this stretches credulity a step too far.

THE majority of Tory MPs and the majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party share a distrust of their own party members. The most likely explanation for Andrea Leadsom’s sudden withdrawal from the Tory leadership contest is that Tory MPs realised that she might not be competent to be prime minister, but that, as the only Leave candidate on the ballot paper, the bulk of Tory Party members would probably vote for her: here.

Iraq war comes home to the USA as murders of Louisiana policemen


This video from the USA says about itself:

NFL Cheerleader Arrested for Domestic Violence

5 August 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Megan Welter, 29, an Iraq War veteran turned NFL cheerleader was arrested for aggravated assault, destroying property and disorderly conduct after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend, who captured the incident on his cell phone. Welter, 29, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is seen on the cell phone video obtained by media sources angrily questioning her boyfriend about text messages between him and a female friend. “Who is she!” Welter is heard screaming in the footage as her boyfriend, who has not been identified, tries to calm her down.

After many other cases of veterans of British wars, or United States wars returning with PTSD or other mental illnesses, and then sometimes reacting to those illnesses with domestic violence or other violence, now this.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Gavin Long ID’d as Alleged Baton Rouge Cop-Killer; Deployed to Iraq

CBS News and NBC News report Gavin Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri has been identified by law enforcement as the man who killed three officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. CBS News notes today was Long’s birthday. Authorities say Long is the only suspected gunman. …

President Obama said the killer’s motive is unknown.

Military records obtained by The Daily Beast show that Long served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2010 as a data network specialist. He deployed to Japan and spent seven months in Iraq. He attened the Marine Corps’ school of infantry at Camp Pendleton, California. Which means he was trained in small-arms combat—particularly, how to shoot.

Missouri court records show that he got divorced after he left the military.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

18 July 2016

For the second time in 10 days, a gunman has opened fire on police in an American city, causing mass casualties. Sunday’s attack took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with three police officers shot to death and three wounded, one severely.

The gunman, 29-year-old Gavin Long from Kansas City, Missouri was an African-American ex-Marine. He was shot to death at the scene of the attack. …

Two of the murdered policemen were Baton Rouge city officers, while the third was a sheriff’s deputy from East Baton Rouge Parish (county). As of this writing, only one of the three officers had been identified: 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, himself an African-American, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge police and the new father of a two-month-old boy. …

Very little information has yet been released by police about the circumstances of the shooting, which followed a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. reporting a gunman outside the convenience store. It is not clear who placed that call, whether it was part of a deliberate ambush, or what happened when the first police officers arrived and encountered Long. …

As in the case of the July 7 killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Baton Rouge gunman was a former soldier and veteran of US wars in the Middle East. Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shootings, was in the Marines from 2005 to 2010 and served a tour of duty in Iraq. He reportedly engaged in counterterrorist operations, for which he was awarded a medal and rose to the rank of sergeant.

There were numerous conflicting and largely unverified reports about Long’s political views and motivation. NBC News reported that he had ties to an ultra-right group known as the Sovereign Citizens, who reject most government authority. The Wall Street Journal reported a connection to an otherwise unheard-of “New Freedom Group,” which it described as “anti-government.” …

Whatever the specific motivation of the attack, political or otherwise, the murderous assault on individual policemen is completely reactionary. It does not “avenge” the killing of Alton Sterling. Such acts politically disorient the working class and youth, and serve to strengthen the forces of police violence and repression directed against working people of all races.

This is demonstrated by the political reaction that followed, as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President Obama and the two main candidates to succeed him, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, all issued statements calling for even more resources to strengthen the police. …

Trump sought to connect the killing to Islamic terrorism, although the killer was a Marine veteran of the US military intervention in Iraq. “We are trying to fight ISIS, and now our own people are killing our police,” he said. “Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching.” He added, “We demand law and order.” …

The immediate political impact of the Baton Rouge shootings will be to intensify the police-state atmosphere surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which opens Monday morning. There were widespread reports of stepped-up police patrols, new restrictions on anti-Trump demonstrators, and increased FBI visits to the homes of protest organizers.

Blairite ‘moderates’ threaten British Labour leader Corbyn’s life


This video from the British Parliament says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn – Response to the Chilcot Inquiry report

6 July 2016

This is the entire speech I just gave to the House of Commons in response to the Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war.

It is only a provisional response – as I only received the report this morning – but I will be giving a further response later today.

The intervention in Iraq was a tragic decision which lead to the deaths of 179 British personnel and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – while destabilising the region and increasing the threat of terrorism to our own country.

After threats of violence against British Labour Jeremy Corbyn supporters by Blairite self-styled ‘moderates’, now this.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Jeremy Corbyn targeted with death threats as Labour factional infighting boils over

Jon Stone

Jeremy Corbyn says he has been targeted with persistent death threats, as factional infighting within the Labour Party escalated into accusations of violence. …

Mr Corbyn, who is under pressure to quit his post amid opposition from his own MPs, said he had been sent threats against his life this week and in the past. …

“As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour Party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

“I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.” …

The National Executive Committee was due to decide on Tue[s]day afternoon whether Mr Corbyn will automatically be on the ballot paper against any challenger to his leadership, or whether he would have to gather nominations from MPs. …

Mr Corbyn’s critics claim they are “saving Labour” from its members and leader, while the other faction says the leader’s democratic mandate has to be respected and that Labour MPs have a duty to back the party. …

Twitter page @LabourCoupAbuse catalogues threats and abuse by Labour moderates against Mr Corbyn’s supporters …

Mr Corbyn has been repeatedly described as a “traitor”, a “cancer”, and a “nonce”, according to tweets collated by @LabourCoupAbuse.

PLOTTERS seeking to oust Jeremy Corbyn will be “branded forever with the mark of infamy for betraying their party and their country,” Len McCluskey said yesterday. The Unite general secretary said MPs who had launched a “cowardly attack” on the Labour leader had “let the Conservatives off scot-free” and created “the mother of all splits” when the party could have seized the post-Brexit agenda: here.

There can be few examples of political cynicism as naked as yesterday’s launch of Angela Eagle’s challenge for leadership of the Labour Party: here.

Iraq war report, British peace movement reacts


This video from Britain says about itself:

Brian Eno, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Lindsey German, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition 08 06 2016.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Andrew Murray, The Peoples Chilcot Report, Stop the War Coalition, 08 06 2016.

As MPs debate the Chilcot report in Parliament, David Lowry reveals a significant cover-up and distortion by Tony Blair over Iraq’s mystery WMD: here.

Why you can’t explain the Iraq War without mentioning oil: here.

The real problem with the Iraq war: It was illegal: here.

So now it’s official. The British Chilcot Report confirms what the world has known for 13 years: the invasion of Iraq was a legal, strategic, and moral disaster: here.

Tony Blair barred from office for his Iraq lies?


This video says about itself:

Former British deputy PM admits regrets over Iraq war

10 July 2016

The man who was UK Deputy Prime Minister when British forces went to war in Iraq has issued an apology.

In a newspaper article written in the wake of the Iraq Inquiry, John Prescott also issued a damning indictment of Tony Blair‘s leadership at the time.

Meanwhile, British MPs are preparing to put forward a motion that finds former Prime Minister Blair in contempt of Parliament.

Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from London.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Tony Blair could be barred from public office over Iraq War ‘deceit’

Jeremy Corbyn will support motion to hold Blair in contempt over Iraq War

Jon Stone

A cross-party alliance of MPs is pushing for Tony Blair to be declared guilty of “contempt” towards Parliament over the Iraq War – as calls for legal action against the former Prime Minister grow. A parliamentary motion, being tabled this week subject to approval by the Speaker, will declare that Mr Blair used “deceit” in the run-up to the invasion. Its proponents say it could see him barred from public office and stripped of his privy council position.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today signalled his backing for the motion, urging MPs to examine evidence suggesting that Mr Blair had misled Parliament over the invasion. The parliamentary device, to be formally proposed by outspoken Conservative MP David Davis, has attracted the backing of MPs from Labour, the Tories, Scottish National Party, Green Party and Plaid Cymru.

The landmark Chilcot inquiry, which, since 2009 had been investigating the circumstances of the invasion, said last week that Mr Blair’s intelligence case for the attack on Iraq was “not justified” by the facts. Mr Corbyn’s backing for the motion comes after John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister at the time of the invasion, said Mr Blair had led Parliament into backing an illegal war.

“I urge colleagues to read the Butler report and the Chilcot report about the way Parliament was denied the information it should have had, the way there was lack of preparations for the conflict’s aftermath, and the way in which assertions of weapons of mass destruction [were made],” Mr Corbyn told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show. “Parliament must hold to account, including Tony Blair, those who took us into this particular war. That is surely how a parliamentary democracy works. I haven’t seen [the motion] yet, but I think I probably would [back it].”

The Liberal Democrats, who opposed the war on the basis it did not have United Nations support, have also not ruled out backing the motion. The Independent understands that the party’s MPs will be meeting on Monday to discuss their position. Other supporters include former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, who has long opposed the war, and Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams. Green MP Caroline Lucas, who is supporting the contempt declaration, said the Chilcot report was “a damning indictment of Blair’s record”.

“It showed that the former Prime Minster actively deceived Parliament and led this country into a disastrous and bloody war under false pretences,” she said. “I’m joining with fellow MPs to hold Blair to account by tabling a contempt motion which could see him barred from public office and have his privy counsellorship stripped from him.” Mr Blair’s office declined to comment on the motion when approached by The Independent. …

A spokesperson for the group of MPs organising the censure motion said parallel legal action threatened by families of soldiers who served in the Iraq War could proceed separately to their efforts. “This initiative does not interfere in any way with legal action either by the authorities in terms of criminal law or by the service families in the civil courts. However, there is a specific parliamentary matter of holding the former prime minister to account given the revelations in Chilcot,” the spokesperson said.

“Most damning of all is the detailing of what Blair was promising US President George W Bush in private memos while he was telling Parliament and people something entirely different in public statements.

“If we are to prevent such a catastrophe happening again it is essential that parliamentarians learn to hold the executive to critical examination in a way that Parliament failed to do in 2003. Holding Blair to account will be an essential part of that process of parliamentary accountability. The case has been made by Chilcot and any Parliament worth its salt is duty bound to take action.”

At a press conference last Wednesday, families of some of the British soldiers killed in Iraq said they “reserve the right to call specific parties to answer for their actions in the courts”. Roger Bacon, whose son Matthew died when his Snatch Land Rover was hit by an improvised explosive device in Basra in September 2005, named Mr Blair as someone who might face legal action.

The 2.6 million-word Iraq Inquiry report was finally released last Wednesday around seven years after its launch was announced by Gordon Brown. Overall, Sir John Chilcot, the investigation’s chair, was damning in his verdict on the invasion. “We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options of disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort,” he said.

“We have also concluded that the judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were presented with a certainty that was not justified. Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated and the planning for Iraq after Saddam Hussein [was] wholly inadequate.”

Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for ‘every penny’ by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War

For the sake of all the dead, the Iraqis, the soldiers and their families, Tony Blair must not be let to ride Chilcot out, writes LINDSEY GERMAN: here.

HOLDING Tony Blair in contempt of Parliament is “crucial” to providing accountability for the Iraq war, anti-war activists said yesterday: here.

Abundant grounds now exist to indict Tony Blair on war crimes charges, writes ROB GRIFFITHS: here.

ICC won’t investigate Blair but might prosecute soldiers. The Hague says it is not in its mandate to prosecue Blair, but may use the long-awaited Chilcot report to prosecute British soldiers for malfeasance: here.