Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Is Tony Blair really a terrorist?

If you watch a rally against the Iraq War on TV you'll in all likelihood hear someone shout something about Tony "The Terrorist" Blair at some point. Or maybe someone will be holding up a banner or placard with a similar message.

Is calling Tony Blair a terrorist just a meaningless insult or is it a fully justified term to use for him?

To begin to consider that entirely legitimate question we can't do much better than look at what a "terrorist" is in UK law.

You can't get much more "official" than that, can you?

The definition of a "terrorist" in UK law is found in Section 40 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

So, you can make up your own mind now, can't you?

What's my opinion? I think Tony Blair is a terrorist on the basis of the definition in Section 40 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

In a later post I'll probably walk you through the evidence for my opinion. But, for now at least, read Section 40 of the Terrorism Act 2000. To understand Section 40 you'll need to also read Section 1 of the Act. That's where we find out what "terrorism" actually is in UK law.

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