Thursday, September 27, 2012

[SDCPJ] Desmond Tutu Does It Again

This speaks for itself:

Earlier this last week, Archbishop Desmond Tutu declined to participate alongside former Prime Minister Tony Blair in a world summit (held on Thursday). The Nobel Peace Laureate refused to share the platform due to Blair's support for the 2003 war on Iraq.

In a statement, Dr Tutu's Office said: "Ultimately, the archbishop is of the view that Mr. Blair's decision to support the United States' military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.  The 'Discovery Invest Leadership Summit' has leadership as its theme. Morality and leadership are indivisible.  In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the archbishop to share a platform with Mr. Blair."

Then on Sunday, Tutu issued a call that Blair and George W. Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war.  Writing in the UK's Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.  The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable "than any other conflict in history", he said.  The former Archbishop of Cape Town said the US- and UK-led action launched against Saddam's regime in 2003 had brought about conditions for the civil war in Syria and a possible Middle East conflict involving Iran.
"The then leaders of the United States [Mr. Bush] and Great Britain [Mr. Blair] fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand - with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us," he said.  He added: "The question is not whether Saddam Hussein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is that Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair should not have allowed themselves to stoop to his immoral level." 
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