7/7 and the rise in terrorism had nothing to do with Iraq insists war criminal Tony Blair
On the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terror attack, Tony Blair says yet again this was not blowback from his and Bush's illegal Iraq war.
The perpetrators of the worst terrorist attack in British history on 7 July 2005 made a video explaining that their motive was western intervention in Muslim counties, most importantly the illegal Iraq war waged by Tony Blair and George Bush, which has resulted in the deaths of up to a million Iraqis.
But here is the despicable war criminal Blair saying yet again on the 10th anniversay of 7/7 that the massacre of 52 Londoners had nothing to do with his foreign policy.
It is scandalous that the media continues to indulge Blair, who should be on trial for his monumental war crimes, and allows him not just to justify those crimes, but to press for more war as a means of solving today's conflicts which he played no small part in provoking.
Reprinted below is the statement Stop the War Coalition issued on 7 July 2005, the day 52 Londoners were killed in a terrorist attack.
Nothing to do with me says Tony Blair
TONY BLAIR has insisted the war in Iraq was not to blame for the 7/7 bombings that killed 52 people and left hundreds injured.
He said attacks in countries that did not participate in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, such as France, as well as other nations such as Norway, Belgium and Tunisia that have “no real foreign policy presence” proved his point.
Mr Blair, who was in power at the time of the 7/7 bombings, said the battle to combat Islamic extremism must be fought on the ground but stopped short of recommending that British troops should be deployed in Isis-controlled territory.
He warned that the threat of terrorism will continue to “intensify” if Western nations failed to unite to form a common strategy to fight the “long, hard struggle”.
Speaking during an interview with his former Cabinet colleague Dame Tessa Jowell on LBC Radio, Mr Blair said: "9/11 in New York was probably the first really large scale terrorist attack. Obviously, we had certain foreign policy responses to that.
"The problem is that even those countries that didn't participate in Iraq at all, like France, are now subject to these attacks.
"We have seen them most recently in Tunisia. Countries like Belgium or Norway, who are countries that have no real foreign policy presence, are also subject to this.
"This is a global problem ... and the only way of dealing with it ultimately is for people to come together whatever their faith background and say we are united against this terrorism, and to say we are not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government.
"It is the responsibility of those who carry out the attacks of terrorism and those who incite them."
In a separate interview with the BBC this morning, Mr Blair suggested a united group of nations in the West needed to have "the means of combating these people and combating them on the ground".
"I don't criticise Western leadership today but I do say this is a long hard struggle and we've got to be prepared to engage over a long period of time because at the time of 7/7, we faced people who had been radicalised over a period of time," he said.
"But we face a situation today where you have fighters coming back from Syria who are our own citizens. You have training camps actually in Libya not just in Syria, in Iraq and elsewhere and this threat is not going away. It will intensify in time to come."
Source: The Independent
Statement by Stop the War Coalition issued on 7 July 2005, the day 52 Londoners were murdered in a terrorist attack
Stop the War Coalition unequivocally condemns today's terrorist attacks on the people of London.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. There can be no justification for such attacks.
We urge everyone to resist any attempts which may be made to use these crimes to stir up anti-Muslim hysteria or attack the Muslim population of this country.
We emphasise the importance of solidarity, peace and justice as our guiding principles in addressing the crisis scarring the world today, of which today's bombings are a dreadful manifestation.
It is clearer than ever that the "war on terror" in which Britain has been so heavily involved has not, in fact, made the world safer from terrorism.
Britain's security services warned Tony Blair two years ago that a war on Iraq would make such attacks more likely. That warning has been tragically borne out today.