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article imageOp-Ed: Greatest show on Earth, Tony Blair to receive human rights award

By R. C. Camphausen     Sep 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Having deceived the United Kingdom and perhaps others in Europe as well to aid the US-led and illegal war on a regime without any WMD, ex-PM Tony Blair is now set to receive a 'Human Rights' award. That is worse than Obama getting a Nobel Peace Prize.
US president Obama getting a Nobel Peace Prize without anyone having had a chance to judge him by his deeds rather than campaign promises was a ridiculous call; but to award former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair a Human Right Award, knowing all we suspected earlier but now know, that's utterly ridiculous.
The much flaunted, abused, and over-used term 'human rights' has had little meaning during the last decade anyway, perhaps even decades, but by associating the term with the name Tony Blair, it has truly become utterly meaningless and void -- but perhaps that's the whole idea.
However, those who decide these things (I haven't even bothered to find out who) seem to have a peculiar sense of cynical humor. I say this because it seems that it will be the very champion of honesty, cigar-loving ex-president Bill Clinton, who'll present the award to Tony B, exponent of the very special relationship the two countries share. It is easy to recognize this incestuous sibling-marriage in the nation's names, because UK is just a few binary bits away from US.
The invaluable website called Information Clearing House describes this as follows:The ex-Prime Minister will be presented with Liberty Medal by former US President Bill Clinton even as his newly published memoirs reignited debate on his political leadership.
The medal is given annually by the National Constitution Centre to individuals or organisations whose actions aim to bring liberty to people worldwide.
Mr Blair is being honoured for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance, and for his initiative to improve governance in Africa.
He cancelled a planned book signing in London last week after eggs and shoes were thrown at him at an earlier book signing in Dublin. Protesters were angered over his role in launching the Iraq War.
Organisers of the medal ceremony say they don't expect protesters.
I have a feeling that said organisers may be wrong in expecting no protests; although that may depend on the level of security this event will be afforded.
The award follows a similar travesty when, in 2007, Blair also received the Roosevelt Human Rights Award and the 2009 Dan David price in Israel.
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