“I voted for a mass murderer”, Eagle Eye

“I voted for a mass murderer”

Arieh Kovler asked the question:
I wonder how many people who claim that Blair was a war criminal still voted for him in 2005.
And Joe Twyman of YouGov has generously supplied the answer: Among those who voted Labour in 2005, YouGov found 9 per cent who said in January 2010 that Tony Blair “should be tried [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 2:19 pm

Don’t mention the war, Eagle Eye

Don’t mention the war

My eyes hurt when I read this article in The Guardian by Zoe Williams. She praises the achievements of the Blair government and laments the failure of many members of the Labour Party to do so:
Generally speaking they have allowed Blair to become a pariah – and this leaves them unable to celebrate his achievements, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 4:48 pm

What the Hell is Wrong with Me?, Eagle Eye

What the Hell is Wrong with Me?

The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 4:25 pm

In Praise of Judgement, Eagle Eye

In Praise of Judgement

Atheists of the fluffy, conciliatory variety will be delighted to hear that Richard Dawkins, scourge of Twitter and bane of believers, has discovered the joys of live-and-let-live. He might, at any moment, threaten to teach the world to sing.
What could have occasioned this epiphany? Perhaps he’s concluded that calling billions of parents the world over [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 27 January 2014 at 3:19 pm

Tony Blair vs Brave Sir Robin, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair vs Brave Sir Robin

If you’re about my age and grew up in hard-left circles, Tony Blair is rather like Sauron, a figure of pure malevolence casting a baleful shadow over everything.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 at 2:41 pm

Iraq & Afghanistan: who was in charge, politicians or generals?, Eagle Eye

Iraq & Afghanistan: who was in charge, politicians or generals?

Everyone knows that crazed warmonger Tony Blair “took us to war” in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that professional British soldiers did the best they could to carry out the foolish orders of political donkeys, do they not? One person who does not know this is James de Waal, a visiting fellow at Chatham House, who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 12:01 am

Henry’s got to the bottom of it, at last, Eagle Eye

Henry’s got to the bottom of it, at last

Being open-minded and all, I’ll read anyone occasionally, no matter how much I have disagreed with them in the past. Thus Henry Porter in today’s Observer. Still, this part was interesting:
Could it be that Blair and the civil servants who oversaw the preparations for war always knew that the excuse of preserving the confidentiality of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 November 2013 at 9:47 pm

Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, resumed, Eagle Eye

Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, resumed

I have a comment at Independent Voices responding to today’s front-page lead story in The Independent, which looks good, by the way.
Once again I gently remind people that Tony Blair could not have “committed” the UK to military action before the decision of the Cabinet and the vote in Parliament. Nor was his support for [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 8:43 pm

New Iraq Death Toll Study, Eagle Eye

New Iraq Death Toll Study

A new cluster sample survey in Iraq suggests the post-war death toll from violence might have been around 250,000, to the nearest 200,000 or so. This kind of study has been misreported before and, in the case of the two Lancet studies, discredited.
The latest one will probably be reported as estimating a death toll of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 9:49 pm

No, it would not be “wonderful” if Blair said sorry, Eagle Eye

No, it would not be “wonderful” if Blair said sorry

My friend Stefan Stern repeats the old fantasy of the opponents of the Iraq war on Labour List today: that all Tony Blair has to do is to apologise and all will be right with the world again.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 9 September 2013 at 11:10 am

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