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article imageOp-Ed: Tony Blair to get warm welcome from 'Stop The War' — not

By Alexander Baron     Nov 3, 2012 in Politics
London - Tony Blair is back in the capital to give a speech. If you want to buy a ticket, it will set you back £714. Alternatively you can stand outside and jeer for free.
Tony Blair is regarded as a hero in Kosovo. It may be that a hundred years from now, if Man still exists, he will be just as highly regarded here. In the meantime however he is increasingly regarded as the equal partner of George W. Bush in the instigation of the war on terror, a war that saw Britain complicit in the illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation ostensibly to overthrow a dictator we helped maintain, and to purge his non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
This page lists our fatalities in Iraq from March 2003 until February 12, 2009. Blair's term as Prime Minister ended on June 27, 2007, but he is morally responsible for every single one of those deaths, and for those service personnel and civilians who have died since February 12, 2009, every single one of them.
So what is this war criminal doing back in London? According to Stop-the-War, he will be delivering a keynote speech at University College London's Institute for Security & Resilience Studies. The cost of a ticket for this event is £714. How many Mark Knopfler or Joe Satriani concerts would that pay for? Alas, this conference is not about entertainment. According to Stop-the-War, ISRS is little more than a front for the arms industry and the people who use it - ie governments to enslave their own people and murder others.
Some might argue this is an overtly one-sided view, but if you share it and live in or near London, contact Stop-the-War and find out how you can help make Blair and his warmongering cronies feel unwelcome. Maybe this time they'll succeed in arresting him.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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