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Tony Blair wants more war

Issue No. 2398

Warmonger and former prime minister Tony Blair showed his contempt for ordinary people this week.

For some reason Radio 4 chose to interview him to mark the 20th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda. Blair said that if he was in charge the whole thing could have been avoided.

Blair explained how violence like that in Rwanda was “preventable” if governments “act”. He added, “Rwanda was very much in my mind when we intervened in Sierra Leone.”

After British troops intervened in Sierra Leone it is still one of the poorest countries in the world with 80 percent living in abject poverty.

But the facts don’t matter to Blair. He spoke of “economic opportunity” and “progress” in Afghanistan. He declared that intervention in Iraq had “saved” the country.

At least 8,000 people died in sectarian attacks in Iraq in 2013—the bloodiest for five years. 

Yet for Blair that’s a small price to pay compared with the risk that the “so-called Arab Spring” might have erupted in the country.

Blair claims his wars were for democracy. But he has an odd view of democracy. He went to war in Iraq despite mass protests—and said he thinks opposition can just be ignored. 

Blair isn’t simply a despicable individual. He represents a class willing to condemn millions of people to death to protect its interests.


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What We Think
Tue 8 Apr 2014, 17:35 BST
Issue No. 2398
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