Torture is Never the Answer

Tony Blair never fails to hit the headlines.

His long tenure at 10 Downing Street and his warmongering have become a talking point which still remains the subject of controversy to haunt him for the rest of his days.

Whether it be his disastrous war in Iraq, his warming up to Gaddafi, his subordinate role to George W. Bush, his scandalous connections with tin-pot dictators all around the globe, his money-making greed or his refusal to admit his participation in many of the political ills he left behind, all these things prove an absence of dignity and a bad spirit.

A man who seems unrepentant for his misdeeds and claims to be a God-fearing convert to Catholicism, is anything beyond that which words can describe.

Nothing to him is sacred and his brash approach to humanitarian issues is often punctuated by sheer hypocrisy, for his actions invariably prove the contrary.

Take the death toll in Iraq of innocent people during the invasion and the subsequent butchery that followed, and is now worse than ever before.

The latest barbaric scandal about CIA torture has left the world in a frenzy of shock and is unlikely to go away until questions are asked and honest replies are given.

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has said: ‘Tony Blair should give a full account of what he knew about the CIA’s torture and rendition programme during his time in Downing Street.’

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Fallon intensified the pressure on Mr Blair and Jack Straw – the then foreign secretary – over their knowledge or otherwise of the US policy.

In a further swipe at Mr Blair and his support for President Bush, Mr Fallon called for the urgent publication of the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The Sunday Telegraph‘s own investigation can disclose the following: how a highly critical parliamentary report expressing concern that MPs were apparently misled over the UK’s role in torture was suppressed by the Labour government – that the secret report also alleged MI5 withheld information suggesting the intelligence services knew about the torture of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident, and that Britain had its own interrogation teams working in at least three US detention centres, where torture by US agents took place – a disclosure that raises questions over British claims they did not know about the US torture programme.

Tony Blair’s government was known for its double standards and its evasive answers when caught bending the rules and telling lies to justify its actions.

I hate to think what the future will reveal. It is certainly murky, but the extent of its betrayal of the principles of a free democracy and its disregard for Parliament has never been properly dissected – merely glossed over, perhaps, to avoid a serious crisis of trust, the very foundation of our political ethos.

The US is at least brave enough to concede their joining the ranks of barbarians. Maybe the horror of their practice will persuade them to return to civilisation and make amends.

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One response to “Torture is Never the Answer

  1. Torture is never an option for a civilised nation. The tragedy of the Bush administration attacking Iraq supported by Blair and others revealed the moral bankruptcy of our capitalist western ideals and our leaders. Democracy is a myth. The so called democracy that exists today that we are trying to sell around the world is a disaster to the natural order in the Islamic countries. Look at the tragedy we have helped create that is playing out every day in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan and will continue for decades if not centuries. How many children and families do we have to kill to create a democracy or a caliphate? Democracy is the dictatorship of the many by the few. In a world where we have access to the technology at our local newsagent or supermarket to pay a pound and obtain our own unique number and vote in a lottery to win a million pounds ( more moral turpitude) could be utilised by all of us to vote on any local or national government issue. Will it happen? No because it takes away power from the politicians and gives it us the people. How many people took to the streets in the UK to demonstrate against the war? Did the Blair government pay any attention? None whatsoever. If we live in a ‘democracy’ it must be the law that everyone has to vote even if there is a choice to destroy their ballot the citizen must be obligated to vote as we are to pay taxes. The first rule of war. War is chaos and you cannot control chaos, Torture is a mini war between the strong and the weak where both parties are brutalised. When the torturer goes home to his wife and family and makes love to his wife and plays with his children and socialises with his family and friends they too are implicit, brutalised, implicated and suffer for his crime as is the society that they exist in. Just as the victim’s family too share in the pain and suffering of their loved ones torture.