Blair's legacy is unravelling

As American President Barack Obama considers 'all options' to help Iraq cope with armed insurgents, there is a sense of cold dread in Britain.

As American President Barack Obama considers 'all options' to help Iraq cope with armed insurgents, there is a sense of cold dread in Britain.

Tony Blair took this country to war more than a decade ago on the basis of a tissue of lies about weapons of mass destruction.

Now, three years after the last UK troops left Iraq, the cities of Mosul and Tikrit have fallen to Sunni Islamist insurgents.

One of Mr Blair's former home secretaries, Charles Clarke, describes him as being 'in quite a tragic position' because he cannot find a role in national politics.

Perhaps the enormous personal fortune he has made on the speaking circuit and his role as a Middle East peace envoy is some compensation.

Mr Blair has said he has long since given up trying to persuade people he made the right decision on Iraq. He is adamant that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was better for the country and the world.

That the dictator was an evil man is not in any doubt. But in Iraq today there Al Qaeda forces demanding citizens repent or die as they work towards creating an Islamist emirate to straddle Iraq and Syria.

Our unwarranted intervention in another country has de-stabilised it and left it vulnerable to extremism. And that is Tony Blair's true legacy.

Comments for: "Blair's legacy is unravelling"

What's the worst that can happen !

Bliar is a disgrace.

He is a Warmonger that should be tried for War Crimes.

His actions have cost untold numbers of lives and have led to a region becoming totally lawless.

The monetary cost will never end.

For him to then become a 'Peace Envoy' is obscene and an insult to the families that have suffered.

He is an embarrassment to this country.

Pembrokeshire Wolf

How dare you call him a disgracce and a warmonger? You can't even spell his name! He did what he thought was right - and it was the British parliament that sent us to war, not an individual

What's the worst that can happen !

I spelt his name absolutely as it should be spelt B liar.

bobwolf101

I agree with you - should be spelt Bliar! That is what he is a selfish, loathsome despicable, smirking, lieing human being!

StJoe

No he did what America thought was right!!

funny old world

Pembrokeshire Wolf, B(LIAR) hope that helps, by the way one c in disgrace.

charlie.bear.5836

That's the same British parliament whose labour party element were subjected to telephone harrassment from the delightful Mrs Blair, to persuade them to believe her husband's and Campbell's lies.

Blair and Campbell should be hanging from a lamppost in Baghdad.

StJoe

The same will happen In afghanistan when everyone pulls out. Saddam may very well have been a tyrant, but the country had structure, security, edcuation, health, wealth and many other assets. The USA and UK took all that away from them. Although perhaps that was the big plan anyway to de- stabalise the area. Makes for securing deals and not having to be told what to do by dictators, which we know the West doesn't like. The West likes to do the dictating to these countries regarding their oil.

Bazrat

Your totally clueless women were not allowed to get an education unless rich,fresh water a luxury in the main towns electricity barely worked,but in yours eyes it was better than,I say again totally clueless.

StJoe

Well what have you got now eh? NOTHING AT ALL!!!!

StJoe

So It's better now is it? LOL..Think it maybe you who is Clueless!!

do lallytap

You can understand why Saddam ruled this lot with an iron fist, there was less trouble there when he was in charge and we didn't mess.

Tony Blair and Bush are liars and they have blood on their hands and they SHOULD be tried for war crimes and hung if found guilty and as for Blairs Mrs, here with a mouth like a letterbox, if she don't agree with it in the name of "human rights" which she has made millions out of, hang her as well

middley

I must say it's done Iraq really well as a country with the yanks and us lead by the idiot Blair, (tongue firmly in cheek) the country is a mess, and the same will happen to Afghanistan, is Blair really bothered I wouldn't think so, he hasn't lost a relative during the conflicts, or had one been maimed for life NO so it's no skin off his nose literally. May I say this is a good headline for this piece and never a true word spoken !

bobwolf101

Told you so! Knew it would all go belly up! See if only people listened to common sense and facts rather than blatantly devious lieing intelligence then we would be much better off.

Martacus Redd

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Never more true than with regard to Western interventionism in Ukraine & all over the middle East, North Africa etc

Sir Lupi

....Yugoslavia/Kosovo? Northern Ireland?

Blair did the well in the name of peace in these regions....perhaps this is why he was confident a crusade into Iraq was for the good of the Iraqi people.

Nevertheless, I cant defend going to war on the back of a corrupt document insisting Saddam held WMD.

But I can justify ousting Saddam, as he and his family were evil, vile murderers.

The best policy, as proved by refusing to back America with strikes on the Al-Assad regime, is for Britain not to get involved in any affairs outside of European zone altogether.

Truro Wolf

He believes Saddam was an evil man and it was right to get rid of him...........and replace him with thousand of even more evil men. Oh the logic of this cretin knows no bounds.

As middle East peace envoy he's not doing a very good job is he, he ruined this country and now the middle East so look out world!!!!

Bazrat

There is a certain type who will always hate Blair if we never sent our boys and girls in there would have criticized him for doing nothing,so my view is he did what he thaught was right as it turned out he was wrong,unlike the contributers on here who have the power of hindsight they forget he won another election after the wars started.

charlie.bear.5836

The anti-war march BEFORE the Iraq invasion was the biggest demonstration ever staged in this country.

Maybe they all had the benefit of hindsight too?

Woody65

I think you mean foresight Charlie..

Woody65

This isn't Blair's fault altogether, maybe removing the head of Iraq and the withdrawal of the US/UK forces has created a power vacuum but you cannot legislate or plan for 1400 years of historical hate between the Sunni and Shia Muslims.

The Middle East will always be a melting pot of tribal disagreements, religious differences and power struggles. The issue now is how this will come back to haunt us in the UK with disaffected and brainwashed youths going to fight for the Sunni cause then coming home and trying to spread their hate of the West.

I hope, just because of the issue of oil, we don't get involved again and let the mess sort itself out. Yes, it's wrong if there is genocide but that is for the UN Council to intervene, not us and America!

Crell

The news acts like this is the only issue? Look at the demographic bomb hitting the United States, only this weapon is being aimed by their own government. Yes, I'm talking about the US government people setting up it's very own, unconstitutional, illegal, immigration racket totally and utterly against the wishes of the American public. And what a surprise: all this comes to a head during the world cup, during yet ANOTHER invasion of Iraq. What I'm saying is, never turn your back on this lot. They will use one story as a smoke-screen for another. Things often don't just 'happen' by mistake. Salaries need to be paid, budgets need to be justified - and classes need to be destroyed.

Crell

"One of Mr Blair's former home secretaries, Charles Clarke, describes him as being 'in quite a tragic position' because he cannot find a role in national politics."

My God, you'd think this guy disappeared off the face of the earth..far from it. Just one example of his continued legacy - the 'consultancy' firm he set up? It is absolutely raking it in. This guy still has a LOT of influence in politics and finance. Never underestimate these people.

Margaret Hamilton

I shall never forgive Blair for what he did to the Labour Party.

Jacko

Never mind what he did to the Labour Party, what about what he has doe to this country ?

He caused mass immigration and signed up to the Lisbon Treaty. This country is now experiencing the initial impact of mass immigration and I fear that the outcome will be a complete and utter disaster. Think on that before you worry about the Labour Party.

Just read the apparel to see what's happening in Sheffield with Roma immigrants fighting with the locals.

What about the industrial scale abuse of vulnerable young women by gangs of mainly Muslims ? Just imagine if one of them was your child !

What about all the young lads who were sent to die in Iraq and Afghanistan and for what ?

What about the hundreds of thousand of people killed in Iraq because of Blair and Campbell's dodgy dossier ?

No, don't worry about the Labour Party. Worry about the damage to other peoples kids that the Labour Party is responsible for. Worry for where this country is heading. What is now happening in Iraq, will soon be happening here. Thanks to the Labour Party.

charlie17

He, Mr Blair,gave the Labour Party power but what did they do with it. They became mates with the bankers and they allowed the unions to destroy the industries that gave the working man a good living whilst they created thousands of jobs in the public sector. They then set about increasing the population by immigration, to ensure a surplus of people over the availability of work, to keep wage rates low. Eventually Brown almost made the country bankrupt because of all the benefit payments to the low paid or unemployed. At least the current lot know that the people will not follow them into another war that cannot be won, but they do not really understand the ordinary people, North of Watford, and what they want and fear. We need to let the various tribes in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine sort their own borders out we may then have a semblance of peace in the area for a time

Bugsy

The first thing to remember is that these terrorists in Iraq have been armed, trained and funded in Syria by us. To take large parts of Syria and Iraq requires huge sophistication with only a relatively small number of men. This is why we don't want to get involved, these are OUR terrorists and the war in Iraq is/was all about Israel.

The Yinon plan written in 1982 says as much.

"The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation".

Ze’ev Schiff, the military correspondent of Ha’aretz (and probably the most knowledgeable in Israel, on this topic) writes about the “best” that can happen for Israeli interests in Iraq: “The dissolution of Iraq into a Shi’ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part” (Ha’aretz 6/2/1982).

"The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unqiue areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run... there will be a Shi’ite Alawi state along its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes who will set up a state, maybe even in our Golan, and certainly in the Hauran and in northern Jordan. This state of affairs will be the guarantee for peace and security in the area in the long run, and that aim is already within our reach today"

"Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations... So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi’ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north".

Also, we will see.

"(Regaining) the Sinai peninsula with its present and potential resources is therefore a political priority which is obstructed by the Camp David and the peace agreements. The economic situation in Egypt, the nature of the regime and its pan-

Arab policy, will bring about a situation... in which Israel will be forced to act directly or indirectly in order to regain control over Sinai as a strategic, economic and energy reserve for the long run"

In regard to the Palestinians and Jordanians...

"There is no chance that Jordan will continue to exist in its present structure for a long time, and Israel’s policy, both in war and in peace, ought to be directed at the liquidation of Jordan under the present regime and the transfer of power to the Palestinian majority. Changing the regime east of the river will also cause the termination of the problem of the territories densely populated with Arabs west of the Jordan. Whether in war or under conditions of peace, emigration from the territories and economic demographic freeze in them, are the guarantees for the coming change on both banks of the river, and we ought to be active in order to accelerate this process in the nearest future"...it is not possible to go on living in this country in the present situation without separating the two nations, the Arabs to Jordan and the Jews to the areas west of the river. Genuine coexistence and peace will reign over the land only when the Arabs understand that without Jewish rule between the Jordan and the sea they will have neither existence nor security. A nation of their own and security will be theirs only in Jordan".

Saudi Arabia is another country that will be broken up. What should be clear to everyone is these terrorists in Iraq and Syria have never once threatened or attacked Israel. In fact, Israel has launched air strikes against Assad, further helping the terrorists. It is a case of smoke and mirrors on a massive scale which will leave many millions of people dead, and a re-drawn Middle East stacked in Israel's favour. As for Blair...

According to comments in the book, Blair, written by Anthony Seldon, Blair had a deep feeling for Israel, born in part from his faith. Blair has been a longtime member of the pro-Israel lobby group Labour Friends of Israel.

In 1994, Blair forged close ties with Michael Levy, a music tycoon and a founder of the Jewish Leadership Council. Levy ran the Labour Leader's Office Fund to finance Blair's campaign before the 1997 election and raised £12 million towards Labour’s landslide victory, Levy was rewarded with a peerage, and in 2002, Blair appointed Lord Levy as his personal envoy to the Middle East. Levy praised Blair for his "solid and committed support of the State of Israel".