A twisted drama is playing out in England. The Chilcot Inquiry into the legality or illegality of Britain’s entry into the Iraq War grows uglier by the day. The words “War Criminal” and “War Crimes” are being waved about by Members of Parliament, anti-war activists and British journalists, all directed at former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair is scheduled to take the witness stand on Friday.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) always waits just across the English Channel in The Netherlands.
Members of the Obama administration must certainly be following this Inquiry very closely, especially Attorney General Eric Holder’s Office. It is no secret that Holder and the American Left relish the prospect of prosecuting the Bush Administration for its actions in the waging of war in Iraq. The European Left, hand in hand with Islam, wants retribution for England’s role in that war. If Blair ends up on trial at The Hague for War Crimes, how long can it be until former President Bush, V.P. Cheney et al are also on the ICC docket? For a preliminary step President Obama has taken in preparation for possible ICC prosecutions, click here.
It’s judgment day, the war criminal is being brought to trial. Tony Blair’s appearance at the Chilcot inquiry on Friday is turning into a voyeuristic spectacle, a modern-day equivalent of the public hangings where crowds gathered around the gallows to jeer.
Protesters are planning to wave fingers dipped in red paint at the man who is said to have blood on his hands. The families of soldiers killed in Iraq are demanding the chance to berate the former Prime Minister before he takes the stand. Newspapers are full of “questions he must be asked” during the six-hour cross-examination. MPs and journalists point at the leader accused of taking Britain to war on a lie and shout: “Guilty, guilty, guilty”…”
There is so much going on in our own news right now that it is easy to overlook the importance of the Chilcot Inquiry and its possible ramifications for America later on. What ultimately comes from the Inquiry, whether it results in an ICC War Crimes trial of Tony Blair, a national censure, or his exoneration of any wrongdoing, will have an effect on the future of members of the Bush Administration. Should Blair come to trouble at The Hague, Obama and Holder will see to it that Bush and Cheney are not far behind.