Friday, March 5, 2010

Gordon Brown ignoring the law and if it cannot be ignored just change it

On their appearing before the Chilcot Inquiry it is interesting how Brown and Blair spout out what is more or less the same drivel and Brown said today that "the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 "was the right decision, and it was for the right reasons", while adding that "more should have been done to plan for the aftermath of the invasion." And didn't Blair say the same thing and didn't both of them blame the Americans for not planning for the aftermath of the war? However, surely without Blair, Brown, Straw and the rest of them it would have been just a little bit more difficult to start what was an illegal war. Furthermore, the fact that this was an illegal war is what is important and not what the British Prime Minister, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, the British Foreign Minister and other members of the British government thought about the regime in Iraq.

Of course, that the law doesn't interest our machiavellian mediocrities in Westminster is surely obvious to even the most myopic among us. Indeed, a wonderful example of this is yesterday's news that Gordon Brown intends to change the law to support Israeli war crimes and we are informed that he as already made the decision to change the law that allows private people to demand arrest warrants against foreign leaders and officers visiting Britain while adding that there "are sometimes people representing countries and interests with which the UK must engage if we are not only to defend our national interest but maintain and extend an influence for good across the globe.” The reference here is to Israel and the law, of course, is being changed because of the arrest warrent issued against Livni for her role in the slaughter in Gaza last year.

So, there we have it; an illegal war was embarked upon because of a group of machiavellian mediocrities in Westminster found it "morally" justifiable and there is no point in telling them that, leaving the morals of it aside, there was no legal justification for the invasion of Iraq. Indeed, one would be reminded of Friedrich Nietzsche's "there are no morals, there is only the law", if it were not for the fact that here the law is either ignored or changed. Yes, not only do we have a motley collection of libertines but when the law interferes in their plans to "maintain and extend an influence for good across the globe,” they either ignore it or, if possible, they change it.

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