OT RETIRED BRITISH GENERAL CALLS FOR WAR CRIMES TRIALS



Try Blair for War Crimes: General Sir Michael Rose Echoes BNP Demand
Retired British Army General Sir Michael Rose has echoed the demand
first made by the British National Party for Tony Blair to be
prosecuted for war crimes trials following the illegal and immoral
invasion of Iraq.

Writing in a daily newspaper today, Sir Michael used the language that
the BNP has already been using for several years by calling for Mr
Blair to stand trial and “face charges for war crimes.”

Referring to the Chilcot inquiry into the war, Sir Michael wrote that
it should be the “first step in a judicial process that brings those
responsible for the disasters of the Iraq war before the courts - and
could, as I shall explain, ultimately result in Tony Blair being
indicted for war crimes.”

Sir Michael then reviewed the past week’s evidence to the Chilcot
inquiry which proved that Mr Blair lied blatantly to the House of
Commons and the public about Iraq’s alleged “Weapons of Mass
Destruction.”

The evidence spelled out how Mr Blair and other senior government
figures had been specifically told that there were no WMDs, no
missiles, no atom bombs and that there was no legal basis to pursue a
war against Iraq.

“Despite these compelling accounts of what happened, the truth is that
we already know the main lessons of Iraq: Britain was taken unprepared
into war on false grounds, and the inevitable result was the
destruction of Iraq, enormous loss of life and continuing political
turmoil in the Middle East. Worse, the war has radicalised Muslim
opinion against the West throughout the world, even spawning terrorism
on the streets of London,” Sir Michael said, echoing almost word for
word what the BNP has been saying all along.

The BNP has warned for years that the main source of terrorism in
Britain is British foreign policy which incites the Muslim world
against us, and mass Third World immigration which creates a huge pool
from which radicalised Muslims can recruit.

Sir Michael also pointed out the “horrific” human cost to this war
generated on “false grounds.” He wrote that “over 100,000 Iraqi
civilians and more than 4,500 soldiers from coalition forces have been
killed during almost seven years of the occupation — and probably ten
times that number have been injured. Two million Iraqis have fled
their country and another two million have been internally displaced.”

Sir Michael then repeated another BNP point by writing that the
decision to go to war was one “in which the majority of MPs . . . were
complicit.”

He goes on to write that if “one of my military students at the
British Army Command and Staff College had produced such a sloppy and
weak case for war as did Tony Blair before Parliament, I would have
sacked him.”

He added that Britain has a tradition of holding its leaders to
account when they lead the country to disaster. He points out that
when the British Army was defeated at Yorktown in 1781 at the end of
the American War of Independence, the entire British Cabinet resigned.

“When Winston Churchill, who as First Sea Lord had been the main
architect of the Empire’s Gallipoli campaign against the Turks, saw
the scale of the disaster that happened there in 1915, he immediately
volunteered for the trenches in France — where, no doubt, he hoped to
find death or redeem his honour.

“In contrast, Blair today swans about the world making millions from
business contracts and lectures. And, to make matters still more
distasteful, much of these earnings are only made possible because of
the American and Middle Eastern contacts he made as a result of his
unconditional support for Bush during the Iraq war,” Sir Michael
wrote.

“That is why I believe that, if justice is to prevail, and faith in
democracy is to be restored in this country, Tony Blair and those
officials responsible for the disasters of the Iraq war should appear
in a court of law which could lead to them being indicted for war
crimes.

“We owe this much at least to those many brave and courageous people
who have died or been injured in Iraq as well as to their families,”
Sir Michael concluded.

Exactly what the BNP has been saying all along, long before it was
fashionable to do so. The BNP would also seek the prosecution of those
reckless media owners and editors who played a role in encouraging the
deception, and of those civil servants who helped compile the tissue
of lies for which so many have now needlessly died.

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