Tony Blair!?? This little inglorious FOP of a man, GW's Lapdog?!?
What can a morally bereft war criminal possibly have to say to young people going out into the world?
Hopefully Colby will re-consider this very poorly thought-out choice for a commencement speaker that can only tarnish its good name!
When I read that former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will deliver the
Colby commencement address, I thought it must be somebody's idea of a joke,
somebody with bad taste in humor, at that. I assumed that Colby students
wouldn't accept such an insult to them and their college.
Blair is a person who remains a potent reminder of the greatest cause of
violence and human rights abuse in the world: war. When Blair was faced
with the gravest decision of his life, he chose unnecessary war, against the
advice of his top advisers. If there is any greater evil than waging a war
of choice, I don't know what it could be. It left millions of people
displaced, many thousands of orphans, widows and amputees. The war will
never be "over" for them or their families.
This speaker choice creates a poor image of Colby. It points to an appalling
lack of awareness and empathy in Colby students, while their contemporaries
have been recycled and damaged beyond anything Colby grads can apparently
imagine. (Military suicide deaths have exceeded combat deaths for 2 years).
Where is Colby's Amnesty International organization? Where are the women's
groups? (Innocent women and children are the one who suffer most in wars)
All of Blair's self-serving, alternative-history-building cannot erase his
real legacy: monstrous destruction, death and misery for so many. I urge the
Colby students to have open discussions about Blair and reconsider the
Military Families Speak Out
Hope, Maine 04847
William D Adams
Office of the President
4600 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8846
Dear Mr. Adams:
I am sorry to hear that Colby College has invited former Prime Minister
Tony Blair to speak at the commencement ceremony. Consider the fact
that this man made a decision to support the American invasion of Iraq,
condemned by the most of the rest of world as an illegal act of unprovoked
aggression. Thousands of Americans, British and Iraqi people are now
dead or wounded because of his decision.
I hope you will reconsider your decision to welcome this man who along
with his American co conspirators has set back the cause of peace an
international relations by decades.
Natick, Ma 01760