[Marxism] Blair's Re-election
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Sat May 7 03:35:11 MDT 2005
Tony Blair has unfortunately just been re-elected to a third term as
Britain's Prime Minister. The only thing that changed was the size of his majority,
which has been significantly reduced from what it was prior.
As soon as it became clear that victory was his, staged scenes of
celebration among hand-picked New Labour supporters, along with images of Blair
himself beaming that contrived smile of his while spouting platitudes of thanks
and hope for the future, began to hog both the UK print and broadcast news.
Lost in all this furore, indeed what has been lost throughout this entire
election campaign, has been the enormity of the damage, cruelty and violence
unleashed by this man on the long-suffering people of Iraq; savagery for
which one day he will, if there is any justice in this world, be held properly
For in his zeal to help in an American project to assert control over
Iraqi oil deposits with the aim of smashing OPEC and ensuring the hegemony of
the US dollar, Tony Blair has committed one of the most heinous, despicable
international crimes in recent history. This imperialist adventure was never
about spreading democracy and freedom to the Middle East, rather it was all
about implementing the free market, a free market responsible for the misery
which countless millions are suffering throughout the developing world.
A decade of sanctions, implemented through the UN at the behest of the
United States, had already accounted for the premature deaths of two million
men, women and children in Iraq. Married to a war unleashed upon a foundation
of lies, distortions and deception, it becomes hard to find, searching back
through history, a people who've suffered such a sustained and brutal attack at
the hands of a dominant world power.
Sadly, amid all the analysis and countless commentaries that have sprung
from Blair's victory, the countless victims of this disgraceful military
adventure have been almost forgotten.
Rather than a reason to celebrate, the re-election of the man largely
responsible covers the British people in shame.
Long live the Iraqi resistance.
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