The real threat we face is Blair
By John Pilger
Clearing House" -- -- 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 7 July 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
ceasefire was negotiated owed nothing to him, except its disgraceful
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,
multi cultural, 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. "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land
confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the
Galilee of its Arab population," said Israel's founding prime
minister, David Ben-Gurion. Half a century later, Ariel Sharon said,
"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion . .
. that there can be no Zionism, colonisation or Jewish state without
the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands." The
current prime minister, Ehud Olmert, told the US 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, Leba non - is it any wonder the attacks
of 7 July and this month's Heathrow scare happened? The CIA calls
this "blowback". On 12 August, 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 pretence is always
preferred in describing British policy, elevating "misguided" and
"inappropriate" and suppressing criminal behaviour.
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
This article first appeared in the New Statesman.