• The Real Threat We Face in Britain Is Blair

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    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”?

    19, 2006

    was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He has been
    a war correspondent, filmmaker and playwright. Based in London,
    he has written from many countries and has twice won British journalism’s
    highest award, that of "Journalist of the Year," for his
    work in Vietnam and Cambodia. His new book, Tell
    Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and Its Triumphs
    , is
    published by Jonathan Cape in June. This article was first published
    in the New Statesman.

    John Pilger 2006

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