Attempting to right the wrongs of the Iraq war, Desmond Tutu wants Blair and Bush tried over Iraq for their lies about weapons of mass destruction being located in that region.
According to BBC News, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of his campaign against apartheid, pulled out of a leadership summit in Johannesburg because he refused to share a platform with Mr Blair. The Archbishop has held a firm position against the UK and US, who he blames for the conditions that led to the Syrian unrest and Middle East uprising, including the now ongoing conflict involving Iran and their alleged nuclear weapons program.
In an article written by him in the UK’s Observer newspaper, Tutu stated, “The then leaders of the United States [George W. Bush] and Great Britain [Tony Blair] fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us. The question is not whether Saddam Hussein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is that Mr Bush and Mr Blair should not have allowed themselves to stoop to his immoral level.”
According to Tutu, the death toll from the Iraw war is grounds for both Blair and Bush to be tried in Hague. However, Tutu questions the different standards that seemingly appear to apply to powers in the western regions. “On these grounds, alone, in a consistent world, those responsible should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in The Hague.”
In a response to Tutu’s article, Blair stated that repeating allegations of falsifying intelligence alluding to Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction is wrong. Moreover, the former prime minister of Britain stated, “And to say that the fact that Saddam massacred hundreds of thousands of his citizens is irrelevant to the morality of removing him is bizarre. We have just had the memorials both of the Halabja massacre, where thousands of people were murdered in one day by Saddam’s use of chemical weapons, and that of the Iran-Iraq war where casualties numbered up to a million, including many killed by chemical weapons.”
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