WTF? Blair given ‘Liberty Medal 2010′ & 100k cash


by Sunny Hundal    
5:40 pm - June 30th 2010

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been named the recipient of the 2010 Liberty Medal.

Constitution Center CEO David Eisner said Wednesday that the medal will be presented to Blair in Philadelphia on Sept. 13 by former President Bill Clinton.

The National Constitution Center gives the annual award to individuals or organizations whose actions strive to bring liberty to people around the world.

The medal was first given in 1989 and comes with a $100,000 cash prize. Previous winners have included U2 frontman Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

..by the Associated Press

Only one thought springs to me: WTF?

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OH GREAT! He really deserves that. I think he is a marvellous ambassador and champion of the liberty of people throughout the world, with particular good work he has done for children in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(is that how you do sarcasm on Libcon?)

My hatred of Blair is now complete. One of us can die now.

@1

Why not quit the sarcasm? The people of Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and, yes, perhaps most of all,…. Iraq… have a lot to thank him for. And a heck of a lot of them do thank him.

Interesting list of recipients that medal has. I now know the answer to the popular pub quiz question of what do Hamad Karzai, King Hussein of Jordan and Steven Spielberg have in common, anyway.

Recipients: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Liberty_Medal

Doesn’t explain Tony Blair getting it now, but as Mikael Gorbachev only attained the honour two years ago, perhaps it is granted to whoever is available?

I really can’t think of two fellows more deserving of $100K than Tony Blair and Bono. This prize is a splendid idea, though I’m sure the nay-sayers will cavil and say that money could be spent elsewhere, like on poor kids hurt by US-UK friendly bombings.

Keep smiling, Tony!

The National Constitution Center gives the annual award to individuals or organizations whose actions strive to bring liberty to people around the world.

Yep. It’s confirmed.

We are living in a parallel universe.

Left=Right

Truth=Lies

Freedom=Slavery

> Previous winners have included U2 frontman Bono

I think you’ve been trolled, Liberal Conspiracy. This is obviously a joke. Lighten up!

8. mathew archer

go back 30 years and Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize, after bombing Cambodia illegally…..politics really is stranger than any fiction can be, and giving an award like this to TB simply demonstrates yet again how completely insaine US policy is, both domestic and internal…..TB came into power to make money for himself and his family, and he’s done that both as PM of the UK and afterwards.

Daily Record:

In a letter to Blair on January 30, 2003, Lord Goldsmith said that “in the absence of a further decision of the security council”, resolution 1441 did not give the go-ahead for an invasion.

Two weeks after his first letter, Goldsmith wrote to Blair again, repeating his view that a second UN resolution was needed.

Blair’s irritation at Goldsmith’s advice is clear from the documents. He scribbled on one of the notes: “I just do not understand this.”

Sir Ken MacDonald QC, former DPP:

I had only been in office a few weeks when, in early 2004, the then Prime Minister [Tony Blair] and the then Home Secretary [David Blunkett] suggested publicly, and on the same day, that in serious crime cases the criminal standard of proof should be lowered.

When assurances were being sought from Egypt that deportees “shall receive no ill treatment whilst in detention” and that “they shall receive a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial judiciary”, Tony Blair wrote, “This is a bit much. Why do we need all these things?”

What a worthy winner of a Liberty Medal.

This is from an article in The Times by Sir Kenneth Macdonald QC, previously DPP 2003-2008 and visiting prof at the LSE. In his law practice, Sir Kenneth Macdonald QC works out of Matrix Chambers, as does Cherie (Booth) Blair QC and Professor Philippe Sands QC, author of: Lawless World – Making and Breaking Global Rules (Penguin, 2006)

“The degree of deceit involved in our decision to go to war on Iraq becomes steadily clearer. This was a foreign policy disgrace of epic proportions and playing footsie on Sunday morning television does nothing to repair the damage. It is now very difficult to avoid the conclusion that Tony Blair engaged in an alarming subterfuge with his partner George Bush and went on to mislead and cajole the British people into a deadly war they had made perfectly clear they didn’t want, and on a basis that it’s increasingly hard to believe even he found truly credible.”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article6955241.ece

Ha ha, this has got to be a joke.

I cant believe looking at that picture, is it for real, Bastard, sorry for language but am sure all thinks the same way!!

regards

let life lead to disaster – its the way its going

J

From a discussion on the BBC Today programme on Saturday, I learned of a new scholarly book coming out on the legality of the Iraq war:

Professor Marc Weller: Iraq and the Use of Force in International Law (OUP, September 2010)

In looking up the details on the amazon website, I learned that Dr Brian Jones, who was head of the branch in the Defence Intelligence Service charged with assessing incoming intelligence on WMD at the time of the government’s infamous dossier on Iraq’s WMD published on 24 September 2002, is also bringing out a book this month:

Failing Intelligence: How Blair Led Us Into War In Iraq (Dialogue, July 2010)


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