A Bony Tear Twist…

29 01 2010

So, as I write good ‘ol Tone is talking to some important people. You know the guy, was in charge of our country for a few years, took us to war, sorted out Northern Ireland forever, introduced minimum wage and told us that half the school leavers should go to university. That guy.

The trouble is, unemployment remains sky-high, the PM is struggling to solve the resurgent Northern Ireland problem, and the war which we were taken into is still raging.

So now he’s back, from wherever the hell he went to make an exoribant amount of money, and he’s talking. Not in straight sentences I’m sure, but talking nonetheless. Nick Robinson’s blog is the most revealing insight into Blair and his morning in front of the panel. The key thing, Robinson notes, is that regime change was always going to happen, regardless of the ’45 minute’ claim, regardless of whether WMD’s were ever found. War, it seems, was an inevitability.

The outcome of the inquiry is a long way away. But it does make for an interesting theoretical. Is it legal to go to war? Implicit in itself is the notion that war has to be a legal act. Can it really be such a thing? Obviously those up top think it can. I’m not convinced, and whilst I accept that perhaps certain motions have to be carried out before the declaration of war itself, I remain skeptical as to whether these can ever be completely listened to.

The simple fact is this. You will always have people in positions of power who will disagree with such a thing as war. It’s natural. If you listen to these people you never go to war. The consequences of this are that some dictator somewhere goes on killing his own citizens and developing the technology to blow you sky high.

Or you stop it. You do all the necessary talking, which, naturally result in ultimatum. You then have the courage of your convictions and follow through with your threats. This, I think, is what Blair did. It’s an odd situation I find myself in, supporting Blair. But I do think that whilst the grounds for the war fed to the public were slightly dubious, war was an inevitability.

War is never simple. There are pros and there are cons. This is the nature of the beast. But sometimes, just sometimes war is necessary. It’s what soldiers understand when they sign up. It’s what politicians understand when they encounter massive problems in foreign fields. It’s what the public of 1914 understood when they signed up in their thousands to join in the war effort. It’s what the public of today do not understand.

Yes, there does have to be an enquiry into it, because there was lying and false accusations. But no, it doesn’t mean that the war was any less justified. What has come afterward is natural too. The removal of a dictator means that there will be a power vacuum. It will be filled with the people who can intimidate the most. Thus peace-keepers were needed in the country. Indeed, they still are needed in the country. Whilst the democratic rebuilding exercise continues, the troops will be needed to help. Of course there is a problem if the democracy leans too heavily on the troops for support, but that’s a different problem.

The inquiry is an interesting thing. It will, most likely, find the war to be illegal, but won’t do much to remedy this. The overall result is that we went to war. Now we must deal with it. Not reflect on whether it was legal to do so. History will judge Blair and Bush, in the course of time. Lets deal with the cards we have on the table and not worry as to whether the cards should exist in the first place.




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