KUALA LUMPUR — Former prime minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth, a rights campaigner and Muslim convert, said on Wednesday that he should be tried for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq.
Booth, the half-sister of Blair’s barrister wife Cherie, is in Malaysia for lectures organized by Viva Palestine, a British-based organization associated with controversial politician George Galloway.
Asked whether Blair should be arrested and sent to the International Court of Justice in The Hague for war crimes, Booth replied: “Absolutely. He misled the British people and took Britain to war on a lie.”
The conflict in Iraq was “an offence”, she told reporters after a speech at a Malaysian university, saying it was organized well in advance between Blair and the United States leadership.
The 43-year-old, who wore a black headscarf that tightly framed her face as she gave an address on “Islam from the perspective of Western women”, discussed her own conversion which took place 15 weeks ago.
“My friends think I was naive and stupid, they have rubbished me so much,” she said. “Really, joining Islam is not a trendy thing to do. Friends ask me, don’t you miss going to the pub?”
But she defended her decision, which came after a trip to Iran in September 2010, and said that perceptions about Muslim women were incorrect.
“I sat down in the mosque in Iran, there was such tranquility. I had the compulsion to pray and from then on I knew I was a Muslim,” she said.
“Muslim women are not oppressed, it is Western women who are oppressed… Western women are bored, lonely and oppressed.”
Tony Blair’s sister in law Lauren Booth’s declaration that Blair be arrested and tried for war crimes, comes at the heels of the Iraq Inquiry in London, England, where Tony Blair gave evidence on January 21 in support of his decision to go to war.
The above article begs the reiterating of the question: Did the Iraqi war have to happen? We all know weapons of mass destruction were never found in Iraq,
Numerous lives were lost in the Iraqi war and Blair’s statement to a woman who loss her 19 year old son, “I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life, whether from our own armed forces, those of other nations, the civilians who helped people in Iraq or the Iraqis themselves.”
The apology is hypocritical and even the inquiry comes too little too late.
Tony Blair will have to answer to God for the decisions he made.
For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Written by: Gloria