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Tony Blair and the Self-Exalting Mindset of the West: in Two Paragraphs

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President George W Bush.

Tony Blair today took a little time off from serving the world's despots in order to exploit the 10th anniversary of the July 7 London train bombing. He did so by casting blame on "radical Islam" for the world's violence while exempting himself, pronouncing:

"This is a global problem ... we're not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying that the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government."

The proposition Blair just decreed invalid -- "the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government" -- is exactly the rationale that he himself repeatedlyinvoked, and to this day still invokes, to justify the invasion and destruction of Iraq, as in this example from December 2009:

"Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public. . . 'If you had known then that there were no WMDs, would you still have gone on?' Blair was asked. He replied: 'I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]'. . . He explained it was 'the notion of him as a threat to the region' because Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons against his own people."

"Excusing the slaughter of totally innocent people" -- whether in Fallujah orGaza or Yemen -- is a staple of Western elite discourse to justify the militarism of the U.S., the U.K. and their most special allies. It only suddenly becomes inexcusable when carried out by Muslims against the West. It is a stunning testament to Western self-delusion that one of the prime architects and salesmen of the most destructive political crime of this generation -- the invasion of Iraq -- can stand up with a straight face and to applause and declare: "we're not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying that the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government."

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[Subscribe to Glenn Greenwald] Glenn Greenwald is a journalist,former constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law. His most recent book, "No Place to Hide," is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. His forthcoming book, to be published in April, 2021, is about Brazilian history and current politics, with a focus on his experience in reporting a series of expose's in 2019 and 2020 which exposed high-level corruption by powerful officials in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which subsequently attempted to prosecute him for that reporting.

Foreign Policy magazine named Greenwald one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. He was the debut winner, along with "Democracy Now's" Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work breaking the story of the abusive (more...)
 

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