Knighthood for Blair exposes West's hypocrisy over Ukraine war
Queen Elizabeth II is about to award a knighthood to Tony Blair, an act that starkly exposes the hypocrisy of the West in its stance on the Ukraine war. In their outrage over the Russian incursion into Ukraine on Feb 24, Western countries have invoked international law, imposed sanctions against Russia, welcomed mainly white refugees and cheered on Ukraine’s armed resistance. Stop the War Coalition has called for an immediate cessation of the Ukraine war which it points out has been going on since 2014, and not 2022. What is not generally highlighted in the current news is that between 2014 and early February this year, more than 14,000 Ukrainians, most of them Russian speaking, have becomes casualties of the conflict. Nato has now become an instrument to maintain the US’ military hegemony. Rather than sending extra missiles to Ukraine, and fuelling the conflict, the British government ought to be encouraging a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, and the recommencement of peace talks, although they have not yet shown any sign of doing so.
Has the West forgotten, in the queen’s imminent bestowment of a knighthood for Blair, their hypocrisy and culpability in their actions in other parts of the world? Remember that the US-led war in Iraq, 19 years ago, was widely seen as an unlawful invasion of one state by another. Yemen has suffered years of war between a US and UK-backed Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels, which has left 13 million people at risk of starvation. While the Western media have covered the Ukraine war meticulously from the Ukrainian side, they have not brought these detailed accounts of starving infants in the Middle East to international attention. Israel’s occupation of land the Palestinians claim for a future state is well into its sixth decade, and millions of Palestinians still live under military rule. The Biden administration has alleged that Russian forces committed war crimes in Ukraine and would work with others to prosecute offenders.
The record of Blair’s time as prime minister is paved with so much destruction and injustice that the decision to award him such an honour is an affront to peace-loving people all over the world. His most despicable role was in signing the country up for the US-led Afghanistan and Iraq wars by lying repeatedly, to get Britain into the war on the false pretence that there was a direct connection between 9/11 and the Taliban regime, as well as the fabricated claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Blair’s wars left devastation and destruction in their wake, a refugee crisis and millions dead. In 2004, the then United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal. Kua Kia Soong is a member of the Stop the War Coalition, a human rights defender and a former MP. The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.
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