My Tony, you really believe what you hear coming out of your arse, don’t you? Your statement has the same amount of truth as the gang of thugs who threw the paraplegic into the canal and said “We didn’t cause the man to drown, the water caused him to drown!”
If the quote passed you by, it’s what Tony Blair said in the House of Commons today in response to a question from Malcolm RIfkind, Conservative party grandee and previous Secretary of Defence in the last Conservative government. Mr Rifkind, as right wing as they come, asked Tony Blair why had he still not apologised for taking the UK into the war with Iraq based on false premises.
The sad thing is, I really believe Tony thinks invading Iraq was the right thing to do. He’s a sort of “the end justifies the means” kind of person I suppose. No terrorism in Iraq before the invasion, plenty now though.
We might not do the terrorism ourselves – although an innocent Iraqi might think otherwise when heavily armed, helmeted and aggressive sunglass-wearing troops storm into their front room and shoot anyone they don’t like the look of – but we sure as eggs are eggs created the environment in which terrorism can thrive.
By creating a vacuum of power, we sucked the terrorists into the area. Or perhaps more accurately, using the nuclear phraseology, we created the first fission reaction, the spark that created the chain reaction. I don’t know if some idiot thought that by having a war in the middle East that sucked the terrorists in there it would mean they would not attack elsewhere, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Someone probably thought that terrorists were a finite group of people. They’re not. And by acting so stupidly in Iraq, and over Iraq, all we have done is to double their numbers. Now that British troops are moving out, it’s clear there will eventually be a civil war in Iraq.
Maybe it’ll break up into three separate nations – Shia, Sunni, and Kurd. Probably the best outcome in the end. What relevance do colonial era boundaries have anyway? They’ve only caused problems wherever they have been set up – think of the Tutsi and Hutu massacres in Rwanda, the tribal Zimbabwean nightmare, the civil war in Sudan, the Kurdish problem in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. All colonial in origin.
And the irony? Well, who is the biggest supporter of maintaining current national boundaries? Why, that great anti-colonialist, the USA of course! As George Bush might say, “We didn’t cause the colonial problem, the colonists did!”