Revealed: No Full Advice For War

Britain went to war on the basis of a single piece of paper setting out the legality of invading Iraq, the country’s most senior civil servant has revealed.

The Government’s case for war appeared to be in tatters last night after the Cabinet Secretary admitted that a parliamentary answer from Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, was the final legal opinion on the case for war. In an astonishing admission, Sir Andrew Turnbull disclosed that no “full” legal advice on an invasion of Iraq has ever existed.
(Source: The Independent)

Butcher Blair wants it all to fade away. He wants us to forget he said that Britain was 45 minutes from attack by Iraq. 45 minutes? More like 45 years from the lack of any WMDs or even WMD programs found.

He wants us to forget about the 100,000+ Iraqi dead, about the cities bombed flat, about the cluster bombs used, the torture, the massacres and, most of all, he wants us to forget that he took Britain into an illegal war under false pretences.

You would think that a man planning to throw an entire country into an attack on a non-agressor nation would want to protect his back. At least build up an impressively large legal dossier to wave at all the critics?

Not Blair.

He needs no proper legal advice: God speaks to him directly. Just like he does to Dubya and Osama.

But hold on, there must have a been a fuller report, surely?

The Attorney General did prepare a longer piece of legal advice which he presented to Mr Blair on 7 March. But that advice, believed to be a 13-page paper, is thought not to have given a definitive view on whether war would be legal.
(Source: The Independent)

Ahh, I see! The proper report didn’t say what he wanted so, being a good little Bush poodle, Blair just ignored it and ploughed ahead with his own unique version of “legal.”

After all, we’d all do the same, wouldn’t we? I’m sure you’d buy a house based on nothing more than an A4 piece of paper which said ‘Yep, house is great!’ Why have all the legal hassle? Blair and Bush don’t follow the law they are the law. Two Judge Dredds on a quest for oil and money.

Clare Short, a member of the Cabinet at the time, said the absence of a longer legal opinion meant Mr Blair had taken Britain to war “by deception”.

She said: “The more one scrutinises what took place the more shocking it is.

“The fact that there was no further legal document is astonishing. Then there is the fact that all the to-ings and fro-ings on the legal advice were kept from the Cabinet and Parliament. That means the war was by deception.”
(Source: The Independent)

Yep. What the antiwar movement has said all along. There were no WMDs, there was zero threat to Britain from Iraq, Butcher Blair pushed this country into taking part in the slaughter of innocents. All for Bush, all for money, oil and power.

And I’ve been made part of that murder by Blair. Part of the money I’ve paid as taxes has gone to massacre Iraqis. Everyone in Britain has got their blood on their hands, thanks to Blair and his insane cocksucking of Bush.

All the more reason to make your voice heard here:

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USA Withdraws From Its Own Convention

The United States has withdrawn from an accord that lets an international court decide disputes over foreign inmates, an agreement U.S. death penalty opponents have been using to fight death row cases.

The decision followed an International Court of Justice ruling last year that ordered new hearings for 51 Mexican death row inmates because U.S. authorities did not tell them they could consult diplomats from their own country right after their arrests.
(Source: Reuters)

Kyoto, the ICC and now this part of the Vienna Convention. It seems the USA only cares about international law when the wind blows a certain way. Kidnapping children, invading non-agressor countries, torturing prisoners, shooting wounded civilians dead (on TV!), what next for the US government?

Peter Spiro, a law professor at the University of Georgia, said the withdrawal was lame.

“It’s a sore-loser kind of move,” Spiro said.”If we can’t win, we’re not going to play.”

The United States itself proposed the protocol in 1963 and ratified it along with the rest of the Vienna Convention in 1969.
(Source: New Kerala)

The current US government respects only one thing: power. It even trashes humane conventions previous US governments fought for!

The US government is acting exactly like the totalitarian brutes of the Stalinist USSR used to. It displays precisely the same arrogance and contempt for international law.