Friday, November 25, 2005

Blair 'betrayed' and 'Why did our boys die?'

Former US Ambassador, Joe Wilson, said, on Radio 4's Today program, the Prime Minister Blair had been 'betrayed' by George Bush's aides in the run-up to the Iraq war. Apparently, the Prime Minister actually believed he was joining a disarmament campaign! !Mr Blair came to the US when Mr Bush was talking about regime change, and when he left, Mr Bush started talking about disarmament as the objective, but I think Mr Blair was double-crossed by the regime change crowd.' Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was allegedly 'outed' as an undercover CIA agent by the administration in retaliation for his criticism of the case for war. For an extended resume of the interview, click here.

Yesterday, families of British troops killed in Iraq went to the High Court to demand 'the truth' about why Britain went to war. The were challenging the Governments refusal to grant a public inquiry into the decision to war in May this year. They have demanded the Prime Minister be held publicly accountable if it is proved that there was no legal case for the conflict. At the same time, MP's are trying to get enough votes to force a debate in Parliament asking for a full public enquiry.

It's not just in America that the families of the fallen want an answer to why their children have died, what the 'noble' cause was for which they spilt their blood, - it certainly wasn't defending their country, that's for sure.

Finally, George Best, ex Manchester United and Northern Ireland striker, has died from multiple organ failure following a lung infection. He was 59. Although he played for a team I don't support, there was never any dispute about his brilliance with a football. He was one of those that epitomised the '60's having glamour, charm and talent. Will the modern game ever produce someone as good as him. For the past 30 years, he has battled alcoholism, - a legacy of those heady days. Today he lost that battle.

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