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Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Kartik 12, 1422 BS, Muharram 13, 1437 Hijri

Will Blair's apology bring back the lives in Iraq?
Anis Ahmed
Published :Tuesday, 27 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14
Former British Prime Minister and a conduit of former American President George W. Bush has of late admitted that he had made a mistake by joining Bush to launch and pursue one of the history's deadliest and most inhuman wars in Iraq 12 years ago that almost wiped out the entire Iraqi population - and dismissed and eventually killed President Saddam Hussein.
Blair said "sorry" and made apologies about aspects of the Iraq War for the first time. He has said there are "elements of truth" in the theory that the invasion helped the rise of ISIS.  This is indeed a surprising and scornful realization of an ex-Premier like Tony Blair who earlier had repeatedly denied truth about happenings and situation in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Blair gave unconditional support to the US-backed war machine to crush the Iraqis and destroy Saddam - who was immensely liked by majority of his country's people and was known for his indomitable bravery and courage worldwide. He fell to the American ego and British hypocrisy. It is now proved following Blair's confession.
But we wonder why Tony Blair took so long to realize the mischief he was part of and to admit that he did a mistake? What good this will make to him or George W. Bush? Nothing, we believe. But it will pile up more indignations and scorns on the both, especially Tony Blair as he has helped Bush to implement his "blueprint" in Iraq and has made the "confession."
Why Tony was so eager to add fuel to the fire Bush had ignited in Iraq? It was part of a conspiracy hatched in the US and hardened in  the UK as both wanted to establish their supremacy across the world by eliminating the Muslims, especially of the kind of Saddam Hussein. But that has probably backfired and now burning the hearts of the perpetrators, of which Tony could not desist from admitting his crime and seek apology.
What does the apology mean to the Iraqis, Mr. Blair? Will you be able to return the lives you and Bush had taken or the wealth and jewels of Iraq that you have destroyed and stolen? No, you cannot. So, you will have to stand trial in the courts of humanity and justice even after your death. George W. Bush will follow suit.
In a TV interview with CNN Tony Blair said he was "sorry" that the intelligence behind the decision to attack Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003 was wrong and admitted there had been mistakes in planning the operation.
Tony Blair has made apologies about aspects of the Iraq War for the first time and has said there are 'elements of truth' in the theory that the invasion helped feed the rise of ISIS.
The interviewer also asked how Mr. Blair felt about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, and given that Saddam had no WMDs, was the war a mistake?
He replied: "I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. I also apologise, by the way, for some of the mistakes in planning, and certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime. But I find it hard to apologise for removing Saddam."
Bravo Mr. Blair. A "dead duck" now starts "limping again," said a critic. But, where to? That remains a question unanswered and perhaps Tony Blair needs to pair up again with his American "idol" to come up with a convincing response.
However, we have doubts, they will have no defence at all. They are killers of at least 500,000 Iraqis, destroyer of a nation, and perpetrators of war and hatred that led lives of the surviving Iraqis into unending misery and untold sufferings.
Now,  a "good man-like" Tony Blair admits the invasion of Iraq helped the rise of thw ISIS. Funny, isn't it, that after you had not only prompted but fed, trained and supported ISIS that has been trying to defy the entire Muslim world to have their own state and regime you feel it is time to reveal the truth. Is it not a crime worth punishing in the world court of law? Yes it is.
But question still remains, "who will bell the cat?" The Muslims around the world are today passing through a shambled phase of time, killing and fighting one another, which is also driven partly by the ISIS's uprising and their mission to kill people in the name of Islam. This is sheer travesty of truth and justice that Tony Blair and GW Bush together had set in roll. Now the whole world is facing the peril. If it would be possible the two ex-leaders should be pushed on the dais before a panel of unbiased and truly independent judges in the international court.
By the time Blair admits his mistakes and apologiges, the ISIS scare has already spread throughout the globe. Today some foreign countries and western media are trying to spread the shadow of ISIS to reach peaceful, secular and tolerant Bangladesh. We stressed the word "scare" because the government of Bangladesh and its law enforcing agencies have all insisted there is no existence of ISIS in this country - though this dreaded Middle-East based outfit has claimed responsibility of killing two foreigners and launching bomb attacks on Shiite Ashura rally in recent days.
Many believe the ISIS name is being used by political and anti-independence extremists trying to thwart democracy , good governance, peace and stability in Bangladesh and prove it a "terror' country to defame the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and tarnish her own image, who had repeatedly declared "zero tolerance" nto terrorism a cardinal policy of her government.
 But Sheikh Hasina has been very alert and lets no suspicion to gain ground or set roots. She has ordered stern actions against anyone committing crimes such as killing of foreign nationals and scaring common people. It seems to have deterred such crimes, to some extent at least.
However, Bangladesh seems to face another bigger threat from the  international community and even friendly government who are issuing security alerts for not only their own citizens in Bangladesh but for everyone. So far they have failed to prove their concern by evidence - except for the killing of a Japanese and an Italian nationals by unknown assailants. The government immediately launched a massive investigation into these killings and hopes the truth will come out soon. Meanwhile the Ashura blasts have added to the fear syndrome that the US, UK and others are trying to sow deeply in Bangladesh.
It is not only outrageous but amounts to a ominous design to demoralize people, including international visitors as well as to damage the country's business and trade.
Analysts say Bangladesh is now facing a conspiracy hatched by anti-government and anti-independence elements in Bangladesh and fuelled on foreign soils.
Tony Blair's "confession" and apologies remind us of the fact that they (the US and UK) had created Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and when they proved to be "frankensteins" to their masters, Britain and America turned their guns against Talibans and launched a campaign worldwide to eradicate the dreaded Islamist force.
Now they are toying with ISIS and having failed to tackle them in the Middle East, there is a apparent move to make believe the presence of  ISIS in Bangladesh, the world's fifth biggest Muslim country. If it is succeeded, Bangladesh would likely to become another Afghanistan and Pakistan that will immensely serve the purpose of many to keep their sinister game playing on.
As such, Bangladesh government and all pro-independence and peace-loving parties and people should remain highly alert and must act together to thwart the evil designs of the forces who want to put a blame on Bangladesh as a "terror state."

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