Tough Questions For Blair Petition

Campaign organisation calls for tough questions for Blair.

Tough Questions For Blair PetitionAs anyone who follows current affairs will know, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will face questioning at the Iraq Inquiry tomorrow.

Many people were unhappy about how easily and quickly our troops were sent to Iraq.

As you know, the Government claimed that there was a threat of weapons of mass destruction being used against the UK, none of which were found after the invasion.

Even pose your own questions
38 Degrees, a non-political campaign organisation, are urging those concerned about why and how the UK went to war with Iraq, to sign a petition demanding tough questions are asked of Tony Blair – you even get a chance to add your own questions if you fancy it.

So far over 13,000 people have signed the petition and added their own tough questions, such as …

  • When did you promise George Bush you’d back an invasion?
  • When did you really realise Saddam Hussein probably didn’t have WMD?
  • Did you cover up advice that the war might be illegal?
  • Why did you ignore the anti-war protests by the British
    people?

How to do it
If you want to add your name or question to the campaign, head over to 38Degrees and sign the petition.

Thanks to VB reader, Peter, for sharing this with our readers.

Image: 38 Degrees

Thursday, 28th January, 2010 3:27pm

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Trevor

Thanks for highlighting this, there a question or two I’d like to ask Mr Bliar.

Don Smith
Blair, like him or not, would answer any question, H he’s a very clever man and a brilliant politician; compare him with the duck eggs we have sitting on both sides of the House Far too late for questions – we now know we should no have our troops on foreign soil. The sooner we pull out (Egg on faces) but lives saved. Let these Arabs sort… Read more »
Mike

Couldn.t agree more Don.We are sleepwalking into an Islamic state and noone seems to care.

Sailor Sam
As far as i’m concerned, he lied to the country so he would get backing to go to war. So that makes him a ‘brilliant politician’ does it? At the end of the day there were no WMDs so how can he say that ‘there was clear evidence’ there was? He has got to prove that the UK was in danger of an attack… so this will… Read more »
Don Smith
All politicians tell porkies – that’s how most become multi-millionaires. You must admit that Blair has charisma and the gift of the gab. Watch the inquiery tomorrow, Blair will have them apologising to him. The war was started, lets get out, and move on. These lawyers are making a mint (I nearly wrote bomb) and for what? Nothing will change, only the lawyers bank balances. Secure our… Read more »
Sailor Sam
I’m sorry Don, although I agree with the you about whats going on in our own back yard, I don’t agree with you about Tony Blair. I think he is in for a very rough ride personally. At the end of the day he was so far up Bush’s A**e, he could of flossed his teeth! He followed US intel and was convinced by it and the… Read more »
N0.5

what utter utter nonsense…Muslims make up 7% of the population. The mechanism (short of war) does not exist for us to become an Islamic nation.

Typical Daily Mail/EDL/BNP nonsense to scare people

keithybaby

Couldn’t agree more, No5.

Don Smith

Rubbish – I do not think so.That’s the same sort of percentage they had in The Gambia when I was there in 1952 – it is now over 80%.

Islam has spread has far South as Namibia in the West of Africa and with 45 % in Kenya in the East. They want to take over the world.

N0.5
In 1952 we still had the cold war, viet Nam hadn’t happened and the US didn’t have a black president. Gambia became a muslim country in the 19th century. It is not the state religion of Gambia Of course they want to take over the world..they are an evangalising faith, just like christianity…just at the moment they are being a bit more successful than the christians. It… Read more »
Don Smith
Sorry to disagree No 5. In the Gambia there is a mosque on nearly every street corner. I was there in January 2009. You will find that the spread of Islam is more prominent in the very poor countries – How the hell did it get to Indonesia in the far east? The gap between rich and poor is wider than it has ever been for a… Read more »
N0.5
Its had a muslim majority since the 19th century. 90% of the population is muslim, only 8% christian THey get to be so powerful by people like you and me all over the world converting to Islam…its a simple democratic and religious choice. Even Gambia which is 90% muslim does not have it any state religion (unlike Britian which is nominally christian). ‘Foreigners run every council’….no they… Read more »
Don Smith

7% then 15% – From little acorns oak trees grow.

mark francis
1 .Islamic Arabs actually invented the University in the first place. 2 Why did you igniore protests by the British people? is a stupid and essetially meaningless question. 3. The reason that the Americans (& presumably the French) believed that Saddam Hussein had WMDs was because the U.S. sold him weaponised anthrax in the first place and the French nuclear technology – such as detonators for nuclear… Read more »
N0.5

It was actually the Majahideen that the US supported against Russia..the Taliban where victorius over the Mujahidden groups in the early 1990’s..financed by Pakistan.

Apart from that I agree with you

Mr T

Indeed.

Many many allegations that the U.S used the Taliban to help further its goals in Central Asia after the Soviet-Afghan war though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds Sibel Edmonds is an intriguing starting point.

ebod
Hi Mark, Britain sold Saddam nuclear ingredients too: plutonium zirconium, thorium oxide and gas spectrometers, even during the late 80s and the destruction of the 3000 Kurdish villages. In March 88 when poison gas was used in Halabja, killing 5000 (the event used by the Media later to portray Saddam as evil) the British government actually doubled the export credit to Baghdad! Commenting in Nov 1988 the… Read more »
Don Smith

*1 .Islamic Arabs actually invented the University in the first place.*

If that’s true what do they want to use ours for?

I think you will find it was the Greeks who founded
higher places (Universities) of learning. 1000s of years before Islam was founded.

N0.5

recently had this discussion elsewhere..Universities specifically are an Islamic invention…colleges are of course much older

Shobba
All racism is founded on fear. No5 is right, British Muslims are peaceful law abiding citizens, they’re not trying to take over. A tiny minority worldwide appear to be lunatics, but then a tiny minority belonging to any religious group are lunatics! Back to the thread. We were right to invade Iraq, to stop Saddam and sons from doing two things; acquiring weapons of mass destruction and… Read more »
N0.5

I agree with most of that. although I deplore what he did to the Labour Party , it was something that needed doing..John Smith was my hero and it is a very bad and sad day for Britain and the world when he died

ebod

Hey there Shobba,

We were right to invade Iraq you say? Even though it broke international law? Do you honestly share the government’s view that obeying the law depends on the circumstances and is desirable but not absolutely essential? Would you accept that from a criminal?

Please join in the debate over the forum, you and No.5 can swap notes :)
http://ventnorblog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1760

N0.5

Saddam broke international law and moral law by slaughtering his own people…maybe we should have just sat back and enjoyed the show…nothing like a bit of genocide to cheer us up.

How many Kurds and Shi’ites are alive now because Saddam is gone

ebod

The UK and the US incited the uprising then sat back increasing weapons sales to Saddam while he stamped it out. Are we entirely blameless?

Don Smith
I do not know what all the fuss is about – We invaded Iraq – We did not plan for the aftermath. It is history now – Nothing will change; this inquiry was nothing but a PR exercise which cost us £Millions Had Blair not done it when he did, we would have had to do it at a later date, then he would have had to… Read more »
N0.5

From totally disagreeing..we now agree ..at least partiallly

ebod

Blair is a war criminal and should be arrested and prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.

The only reason Saddam would have been any stronger was because WE armed him.

N0.5
That the beauty and freedom of opinion. That and not having to do something about it. So you are saying we should have left him in charge to kill as many kurds and shi’tes as he wanted and go to war with Iran again, re-invade Kuwait and any of his neighbours In a fantasy world he should never have been assisted into the position of power, or… Read more »
Don Smith

Blair did not make this decision himself and he has now become a Catholic – Though shall not kill, what a load of… cods wallop.

Davey Jones
On the contrary,I thought his “performance” was transparent and deplorable. Unfortunately he was way under-pressured by the much too gentlemanly folk on the panel. The man is a consummate liar; this much is in your face. Even if a war is legal, the loss of many thousands of lives is a reason for profound regret and self-evaluation. The ever smiling and self assured Tony Blair, revealed no… Read more »
N0.5

I don’t

Don Smith
Then we are left with Cameron who’s wife mixes with some very hippy, dodgy. celebs. I see very little difference. A few years of the ‘Eton Clique in power and you will wish Blair was back. Better the devil you know. This two party system is not democracy; it’s – Your turn now, our turn next. Just look at the glamorous, under thirty years of age relatives,… Read more »
Don Smith

Greed! That’s the ugly face of capitalism.

It’s not just Blair, they have all made a fortune.

You must have heard of Mrs Thatchers lecture tours of the USA.

Rush

Defending and not provoking Israel?

Rush

Remember First Gulf War Scuds.To get Israel involved.

Don Smith

Mark my words – Israeli will see to Iran. They will never be threatened by extermination. Israeli are a force to be reckoned with; as history proves.

I am not a Jew or Arab, just an old Atheist; who knows a little bit about history.

Rush

Once Israel are involved that is when other Arab states in the region will also get involved and tension will escalate.The US do not want this to happen.That is why they protected Israel in the conflict.

Don Smith

When did you last see an Arab state, physically, come to the aid of another? Their oil fields are far too important. Syria may…But I see no other taking the risk.

Rush

1967and1973

Rush

Also Don further back 1948.

Shobba
‘Move on’ This was a favourite Labour/Alastair Campbell tactic when they wanted to draw a line under something terrible they did. Shame on you Mr Smith, but at least you admit you are a socialist fan of warmonger Bliar. Labour have bankrupted this country in just 12 years. As usual the big bad Tories will have to sort it out and impose ‘cuts’ Nothing changes eh, ever… Read more »
N0.5

what un-informed nonsense.

bankrupt the county…it was a worldwide recession, which we came through relitevly unscathed (apart from woolworths, who were bankrupt anyway)

The Tories have no plans to sort it out..in fact no plans at all…more cuts, no cuts, some cuts…none of the above..just no idea.

The only time Tories get elected is when Labour cock up…nobody votes Tory ‘on purpose’

Don Smith
You are either too youg or have a very bad memory. I remember the last Tory Government when unemployment was nearly 4.000.000 – House repossessions were the highest on record and the mortgage rate was well over 20% Can you remember Blacl Wednesday? When will people realize that they are all the same? ‘We get it right’, then all goes to cock – They put it right.… Read more »
Sailor Sam
Apart from the fox hunting ban and the minimum wager, all the other ‘perks’ you mention Don are costing local coucils thousands because of the underfunding from this ‘wonderful’ govenment. Lets fact it they were only introduced to grab votes from the ever increasing group to which will benefit from them. When you mention recession, cannot some of that be blamed on spending billions on wars which… Read more »
N0.5
This old nut is so often trotted out…The format for a minister of the party in power to succeed a resigning PM is embedded in history and well known. If Cameron is elected (Gods help this country) then he will be ousted by his own party simply because he is not up to the job and another Conservative will replace him. This is our electoral system in… Read more »
Shobba
Sorry, but you have a terrible memory. And quite frankly sound quite a bitter OAP. The benefits you see are all aimed at OAP’s like youself. Selfish or what. It’s the rest of us who are going to suffer now because Gordie borrowed bullions and bullions, money we now have to repay. Only the Tories can run the economy. Only an old socialist from the North would… Read more »
Davey Jones
Absolutely, and with more chips than Harry Ramsden’s. Contrary to moving on (and maybe following independant avenues if available)this tedious conveyor belt of classist rooted bleating is precisely what keeps change at bay. The country is not populated by idiots. Where mistakes have been made (on all sides) nine out of ten cat owners would like to see the issues rectified and change implemented. Then, lets move… Read more »
Don Smith

Yes! The Tory Part are doing a great job on the IoW Council:-)

Rush

I thought this was about Blair?

Don Smith

Just picking and choosing eh?

Blair must be linked to all political parties – Local or National; they are all the same.

Don Smith

Bitter! I’ll have mild please:-)

Rush

Don. Blair, Iraq Inquiry.

Rush

Don.Not going your way.

Shobba
Tony put his mates into the Lords Don, that’s why he couldn’t abolish it. People like the odious Mandy. Another thing he said he’d fix and didn’t. No doubt he said he would axe it to keep the trade-union members happy. They were taken in, too daft to see their leaders would all want places in there, making their claims for life like Speaker Gorbals Mick Martin… Read more »
N0.5
I’m not sure where you get your propaganda from, but I would cancel your subscription if I was you. There are more people taking part in hunts…more normal people who hated the sadism of the old hunt who now love a rideout with no kill at the end. You really have a nasty little attitude when yoy get a bit wound up..I would try to relax more… Read more »
Don Smith

Old man! I’m seventy-six years young:-)

Don Smith

You make some very correct observations.

I can assure you. less people are fox hunting – they chase a smelly rag. (Read the recent LACS reports)

More people turn out to watch the hunt assemble because it is now less barbaric.

Finally, fox hunting is illegal, and that is all I ever wanted.

N0.5

Clare Short came over as a twisted and bitter woman with delusions (” of course I knew there where no WMD’s” – shame no-one else did)

and the Media completely failed to mention Hilary Benns statements later stateing complete support for the action.

Don Smith

It took her long enough to resign, maybe she was
still in the process of flipping.

Shobba

Ms Short stuck to her guns. At least like Robin Cook she stayed honest and exposed Tony’s bullying tactics and lies. Good on her. The only Labour politician I’d trust. Mind you, look where it got her.
As for hunting, if you really believe that then good for you. Hunting may be illegal, but it’s still happening – oops, but now by accident!

Don Smith
Hunting is illegal – Just like dealing in cannabis or kicking your child. We all know it still goes on, but those who want to allow dogs to rip an animal to pieces, so be it. Since the ban, whether it is upheld or not, I feel that I live in a more civilised society – When in Spain, I can now tell them that bull fighting… Read more »
ebod

Not that I’m holding my breath or anything but Iraq inquiry to recall Tony Blair over possible conflicting evidence
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/01/chilcot-inquiry-recalls-tony-blair

Don Smith

Waste more public money -For what?

It’s over, done, past and lets bring the troops home and guard our borders.

ebod

Because if we don’t learn why it happened in the first place and stop this kind of thing happening again, by prosecuting those responsible and holding them to account, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes again.

Are you comfortable living under a dictatorship run by individuals who believe they are above the law?

N0.5
we aren’t going to learn why it happened..nobody is going to get prosecuted and it will happen again, just as it has throughout history..those in power make deciscions that impact and risk their subjects or electorates lives. Except this commission is costing us millions to tell us what we already know. Can it really be true that people have forgotton who the bad guy was..how many millions… Read more »
Shobba
If he really is a christian, Tony B-liar will face his God for his actions. He aint gonna end up in court. I only hope his god is as forgiving as christians believe, if not Tone faces a very hot future at the end of a glowing poker. Ouch! As for your ‘move on’ thinking Don, your troops on border control idea puts you to the right… Read more »