If the alleged plot to attack airliners flying
from London is true remember the lies that led to the invasion of Iraq,
and to the raid on a "terrorist cell" in east London then one
person ultimately is to blame, as he was on July 7 last year. They were Blair's
bombs then; who doesn't believe that 52 Londoners would be alive today had the
prime minister refused to join Bush in his piratical attack on Iraq? A parliamentary
committee has said as much, as have MI5, the Foreign Office, Chatham House,
and the polls.
A senior Metropolitan Police officer, Paul Stephenson, claims the Heathrow plot
"was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale." The most
reliable independent surveys put civilian deaths in Iraq, as a result of the invasion
by Bush and Blair, above 100,000. The difference between the Heathrow scare and
Iraq is that mass murder on an unimaginable scale has actually happened in Iraq.
By any measure of international law, from Nuremberg to the Geneva accords,
Blair is a major prima facie war criminal. The charges against him grow. The
latest is his collusion with the Israeli state in its deliberate, criminal attacks
on civilians. While Lebanese children were being buried beneath Israeli bombs,
he refused to condemn their killers or even to call on them to desist. That
a cease-fire was negotiated owed nothing to him, except its disgraceful delay.
Not only is it clear that Blair knew about Israel's plans, but he alluded
approvingly to the ultimate goal: an attack on Iran. Read
his neurotic speech in Los Angeles, in which he described an "arc of
extremism," stretching from Hezbollah to Iran. He gave not a hint of the
arc of injustice and lawlessness of Israel's occupation of Palestine and its
devastation of Lebanon. Neither did he attempt to counter the bigotry now directed
at all Arabs by the West and by the racist regime in Tel Aviv. His references
to "values" are code for a crusade against Islam.
Blair's extremism, like Bush's, is rooted in the righteous violence of rampant
Messianic power. It is completely at odds with modern, multicultural, secular
Britain. He shames this society. Not so much distrusted these days as reviled,
he endangers and betrays us in his vassal's affair with the religious fanatic
in Washington and the Biblo-ethnic cleansers in Israel. Unlike him, the Israelis
at least are honest. Ariel Sharon said, "It is the duty of Israeli leaders
to explain to public opinion
that there can be no Zionism, colonization,
or Jewish state without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their
lands." The current prime minister, Ehud Olmert, told the U.S. Congress:
"I believe in our people's eternal and historic right to this entire
land" (his emphasis).
Blair has backed this barbarism enthusiastically. In 2001, the Israeli press
disclosed that he had secretly given the "green light" to Sharon's
bloody invasion of the West Bank, whose advance plans he was shown. Palestine,
Iraq, Lebanon is it any wonder the attacks of July 7 and this month's
Heathrow scare happened? The CIA calls this "blowback." On Aug. 12,
the Guardian published an editorial ("The challenge for us all"),
which waffled about how "a significant number of young people have been
alienated from the [Muslim] culture," but spent not a word on how Blair's
Middle East disaster was the source of their alienation. A polite pretense is
always preferred in describing British policy, elevating "misguided"
and "inappropriate" and suppressing criminal behavior.
Go into Muslim areas and you will be struck by a fear reminiscent of the anti-Semitic
nightmare of the Jews in the 1930s, and by an anger generated almost entirely
by "a perceived double standard in the foreign policy of Western governments,"
as the Home Office admits. This is felt deeply by many young Asians who, far
from being "alienated from their culture," believe they are defending
it. How much longer are we all prepared to put up with the threat to our security
coming from Downing Street? Or do we wait for the "unimaginable"?