I've been having a look at an online petition which seeks to have Tony Blair tried for "war crimes". The petition is here: "Campaign to arrest and prosecute former Prime Minister Tony Blair for War Crimes."
It doesn't have too many signatures yet.
Why haven't I signed it (yet)? That's straightforward. I'm still trying to come to a view as to whether Tony Blair committed "war crimes" as defined in Schedule 8 to The International Criminal Court Act 2001 and/or the correspondong Scottish Act The International Criminal Court (Scotland) Act 2001.
It's not immediately obvious whether the petitioners are using "war crimes" as a catch all phrase to cover the offences of "Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes" listed in Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001, and defined in Schedule 8 mentioned in the preceding paragraph or more specifically (as one of the three crimes defined in Schedule 8. Nor am I sure whether the petition is to have him charged in the UK or, in due time, at the International Criminal Court.
I didn't publicly accuse Tony "The Terrrorist" Blair of terrorism under UK Law, (see, for example, Tony Blair's First Life Sentence - He's a Terrorist. in the UK's Court of Public Opinion), until I'd looked carefully at the evidence. Once I've completed a careful look I don't hang back from polemic where I think it's genuinely justified. And I'm taking a similar approach to the "Blair is a War Criminal" notion. It may be true but it needs careful consideration which amounts to more than abuse.
The petition links to TonyBlair.org War Criminal. And there's quite a bit of bedtime reading there that I need to look at properly sometime. It may help me come to a considered view.
There's a useful overview page about the Chilcot Inquiry, which begins with the insight, "The Iraq Inquiry is in many ways the Goverments way of appeasement. It’s the minimum they had to do.". Spot on!
One aspect I did find a little disappointing was that the creator of TonyBlair.org War Criminal has used an anonymising service, Moniker Privacy Services, based in Pompano Beach, Florida to conceal his/her/their identity. Maybe I'm being old-fashioned here, but it you're accusing someone of serious wrongdoing I think it shows a little more integrity to be open about it.
As it happens, I emailed both Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell a few days ago about my considered position regarding Tony Blair being a "terrorist" under UK law and having committed offences under Section 56 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
No libel writ, so far. Maybe Cherie's burning the midnight oil looking for a legal loophole?