Friday, September 24, 2010

 Next stop: The Hague 

 In the two weeks since Tony Blair got the bum’s rush by angry Dublin protesters out of our Capital city there have been a number of letters in the “Irish Times” whinging about the throwing of various objects such as eggs, bottles and shoes at the former British Prime Minister, including from Irish Government  Minister ,Martin Mansergh,in the Office of Public Works. Mansergh played a backroom role in the negotiations between Blair and the Irish Government which led to the peace agreement in Northern Ireland a decade ago and would have been well acquainted personally with Blair.

In response to these Moaning Minnies who never have given a thought to the type of missiles thrown by the Blair/Bush War Machine we publish the attached photos of the horrific injuries done to then 12 year old Ali Abbas who lived in the village of Zafaraniya, which is 30 miles from Baghdad, and his entire family wiped out : his mother who was six months pregnant, his father, brother and at least 10 other relatives. It was reported that, just after midnight on 30 March 2003 and 10 days into "Operation Iraqi Freedom", a weapon or two weapons exploded near their house:

“We had all gone to bed and there was this loud noise and smoke. I felt very scared  and I was in much pain. I kept shouting for my mother. I did not know at the time what had happened to her” said young Ali later when he was able to speak of these appalling events.

A photograph taken in hospital in Baghdad shows that Ali was burned across his trunk and that his hands and forearms were incinerated. His head, neck, abdomen and legs were unblemished. Examination of this photograph shows this boy was subjected to the most intense radiated heat, not contact heat. It couldn’t have been a conventional explosive or the boy would not have lived. It seems parts of his body were shielded by whatever part of the house he was in and the rest exposed to the deadly weapon of mass destruction launched by Blair/Bush’s evil war machine against him and his innocent family. These images were suppressed by the British Media at the time.
Please note: this article contains graphic images which some may find upsetting.

Now, for those who express to be concerned about Mr Blair’s minor discomfort while in Dublin, including Minister Mansergh, we have no hesitation in declaring them to be 
the worst of hypocrites, apologists for murder and genocide and not representative of the majority of decent-minded Irish people, 100,000 of whom came on the streets of Dublin in February, 2003 to declare their opposition to what became Blair/Bush’s barbaric war on the people of Iraq.

Blair is a prima facie war criminal. There is more evidence against him personally than any of those who were brought before the Yugoslavia War Crimes tribunal.

Charges which could be brought include:
Breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention from the time he became Prime Minister in 1997 until March 2003 during which time draconian sanctions were being applied to the civilian population of Iraq. These sanctions prompted the resignation of Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck who served as assistant Secretaries-General of the UN. The former stated that the effect of those sanctions was genocidal. It was established that there was an excess mortality of babies and children of at least 500,000 between 1992 and 2003. This had to do with foul water, poor nutrition and deteriorating medical services, all of which were satisfactory before the sanctions took hold;
Conspiracy to join with another power in aggressive war, the supreme international war crime, contrary to the Nuremberg Rules and the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations. This was first made public when he joined  Bush, President of the United States of America, for bloodied steaks over a barbecue at Crawford Ranch in April 2002;
High treason (betrayal of one's country, sovereign or government) in manufacturing a case for war, the central one of which was the supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq now known to be a web of lies concocted by Blair and his hated spin-doctor Alastair Campbell.. This in itself gave no legal grounds for war because the possession of such was no basis for a military assault on a sovereign country. Three aggressive nations, the US, UK and Israel, have held weapons of mass destruction for decades; no attempt has been made to disarm them. The grounds for UK military action against Iraq changed as the unlawful operation proceeded under the guise of liberation of the people and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The part played by the 'sofa cabinet', three of whom were unelected, in promulgating a war fought on behalf of Her Majesty is being minutely examined by law officers. One such cabinet member, Mr Charles Powell, recently stated on BBC TV that the aim of the war was the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. He would know that was an illegal aim. Ann Clywd MP was appointed  Blair's human rights envoy in Iraq. She has continuously claimed a virtuous aim ... but, the fact is that at least a million Iraqis have been killed, about 40 per cent of whom will have been children. Using a conservative ratio, at least two million will have been maimed.

Mr Blair can also be charged with a litany of war crimes that followed the invasion, one of which is the failure of the 'coalition of the willing' to halt the further deterioration in the quality and quantity of medical services in Iraq which had already worsened during the 12 years of sanctions. Another obligation of an occupier is to maintain security for the populace. The very opposite happened. Disbanding the Iraqi army and other government structures was central to the violent chaos which followed the invasion. Protecting the heritage of a country is another obligation of an occupier in international law. Mr Blair failed as leader to meet these and he can be so charged. The suppression of Iraq’s civil government and police and the abolition of its laws and constitution are also grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.

The charges could also include collusion in a military and political coalition which has used banned weapons. The illegal use of white phosphorus at Fallujah by the US was admitted. Armour-penetrating tank and cannon shells, as well as "bunker busting" bombs and missiles, have used depleted uranium. Uranium U238 is dispersed widely as a very fine dust; it has been detected as far away as the Britain itself. Iraqi doctors claim that there have been dramatic rises in grotesque deformities in babies born prematurely, in leukaemia and in other malignancies.

At least 1,000,000 civilian deaths, 4,000,000 refugees, 5,000,000 orphans and countless thousands disappeared, maimed and injured are the legacy of this despicable man who defiled our city by his presence. It was an excellent result of the Dublin protest that this criminal was forced to cancel his obscene book tour parasiting on the death and destruction caused by his insane  bloodlust.

Átha Cliath/Dublin
24 Mean Fómhair/September 2010

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