No Tears Should Be Shed For Blair's Departure From ME Quartet
15 March 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
Tony Blair is reportedly stepping down
from his role as Middle East Peace envoy. This is probably good news for the
peoples of the Middle East, peace and the tax payers who have paid millions
of dollars of their hard-earned money for a mission that ought to be called
"Mission fiasco" or "Mission Mendacity."
Indeed, for seven long years as Middle East envoy, Blair utterly failed to
make any notable achievement for peace and justice in the region.
On the contrary, the erstwhile mass murderer (for his role in the occupation
and destruction of Iraq) looked on passively if not gleefully as Israel was
exterminating Palestinian civilians in Gaza (by the thousands) and stealing
more Palestinian land in the west Bank. This Needless to say, this happened
while the Zionist state was effectively completing the process of killing the
very peace process Blair was supposed to save and promote.
During the seven years he has spent as Quartet envoy, Blair never succeeded
in saving a Palestinian home from demolition at the hands of Israeli
barbarians. He never succeeded in saving a Palestinian olive grove from
obliteration by Israeli bulldozers. He absolutely failed to get Israel to end
or suspend its murderous blockade of the Gaza Strip which thoroughly
tormented ordinary Gazans, transforming their life into a ghoulish nightmare.
He actually failed to achieve much pettier tasks, such as getting the Israeli
government to stop daily attacks and acts of vandalism and terrorism by
Nazi-like Jewish settlers against Palestinians and their property, including
mosques and churches.
And when the Israeli air-force was dropping one-ton-bombs on multi-story
buildings, packed with terrified women and children in Gaza last summer,
Blair remained silent, refusing to call the spade a spade.
Instead, he would either condemn the tormented victims for "provoking Israel"
or just repeat the very same platitude we have been hearing ad nauseam from
western officials since 1967.
I really don't know how this man has the audacity to look his face in the
mirror after all the evil he has committed or caused to happen either
directly or indirectly.
The amount of innocent blood shed as a result of his criminal policies as UK
Prime Minister is so enormous, so much so that he can be compared to the
worst offenders in history, figures like Adolph Hitler, Ariel Sharon, and
But criminals are not burdened by their sins.
According to reports from London, Blair has been trying to ''absolve
himself'' of responsibility for the invasion and destruction of Iraq, which
led to the present mess, including the appearance of the IS and similar
Blair repeatedly tried to distance himself from the Iraq disaster. A few
weeks ago, he claimed in an essay that the 2003 invasion was not to blame for
the current quagmire.
However, a small number of conscientious former British officials, including
the former mayor of London, refuted his claims, saying in a letter published
recently that ''We believe that Mr. Blair, as a vociferous advocate of the
invasion, must accept a degree of responsibility for its consequences.''
The letter, also addressed to foreign ministers in the US, Russia and the EU
as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, adds that the former prime
minister's achievements as Middle East envoy are ''negligible''.
Mass murderer par excellence
Blair is not a Western politician who inadvertently went astray. He is
actually a "self-depreciating criminal," using the words of Independent
columnist Matthew Norman
''Call it an atrocious strategic misjudgment, a dementedly misguided Neocon
experiment, a war crime or whatever, it is perfectly well understood in these
"But Mr. Blair did a truly terrible thing, with unspeakably terrible
consequences for the people of Iraq, the troops killed and maimed in
prosecuting his folly, and those who died and were injured here in
retaliatory bombings in July 2005, the morning after the 30th Olympiad was
hereby awarded to the city of London.''
''Tony Blair is no wrongly dishonored prophet but a pariah in his own land.
He is a pariah because he colluded in an act of abundant wickedness, and
untold hundreds of thousands died and millions more suffered monstrously in
As such, this man deserves to be hanged. After all, he killed or caused the
death of more innocent people than did Slobodan Milošević, Saddam Hussein,
Bashar al-Assad and Ariel Sharon combined.
But I know too well that Blair won't be hanged or even imprisoned. This
world, especially the West, including Britain, is too morally unscrupulous to
punish powerful criminals like Blair if only because doing so would be a
condemnation of the entire western civilization and a recognition of its
After all Blair's crimes were not carried out against Christians or Jews.
They were committed against children of a lesser God, people who may be
murdered with little or no compunction.!!!!
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator
living in Occupied Palestine