The London Independent reports that Prime Minister Tony Blair would "do it all again" if faced with the decision on whether Britain should join the liberation of Iraq.
But look at how the Independent’s "reporters" Colin Brown, Patrick Cockburn and Rupert Cornwell describe Blair’s confidence that freedom is better than repression in Iraq.
"Unrepentant and unmoved in spite of the rising death toll" they describe Blair, as if Blair should repent for ordering the ouster of Saddam Hussein, and as if Blair didn’t care about the bloodshed of the Iraq war, which only a democratic victory will stop.
"Mr Blair, who believes he will be judged by God over the Iraq conflict, will fly to the US next month…." Note the silly way the "reporters" toss in Blair’s faith, as if to say only a superstitious madman could be proud of overthrowing fascism in Iraq.
"His own anti-war Labour MPs will be joining a mass demonstration against the continued occupation of Iraq….," the "reporters" tell us, as if U.S. and British troops were in Iraq to stay and steal its oil, rather than to help the Iraqis as they develop their new democracy and build a new army, and as if the "anti-war" MPs really were anti-war.
Millions dead. Brown, Cockburn and Cornwell might remind their readers that the liberation Blair approved three years ago removed from power a dictator who had murdered about 400,000 of "his own" people, caused another 1.5 million deaths by starting the Iran-Iraq war, and was responsible for more than 1 million more Iraqi deaths because of the U.N. trade sanctions and because of his diversion of billions of dollars from the Oil-for-Food program.
Even when Saddam wasn’t torturing and murdering by the hundreds or hundreds of thousands, Iraqis were dying of sickness and starvation at a rate of 5,000 to 10,000 a month, thanks to him. Saddam’s in prison now, thanks in part to Blair’s decisions to help the helpless, and no thanks to Brown, Cockburn and Cornwell.
When Iraq is fully free and at peace, it will be Brown, Cockburn and Cornwell who are unrepentant and unmoved. They were happy with Saddam Hussein. History will judge their callous indifference to decades of genocide, torture, aggression and repression. They’ll be remembered as the friends of fascism who tried hard to slow the wheel of progress.