“Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks this evil)” (The Royal Household – ‘The Order of the Garter’).
I am sure someone is happy and feels this is righteous. However, someone like me thinks former Prime Minister Tony Blair isn’t the right guy for knighthood. Yes, that is a decision of the sovereign and in this instance, the Queen. Nevertheless, his a war-lord and has blood on his hands. He has responsibility unjustified conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tony Blair is lucky enough that he hasn’t been produced or gotten a case for war-crimes in the International Criminal Court in the Hague. If he had been a militia leader or a rebel for a smaller rebel or militia group anywhere on the African continent. The political leader and his usage of violent force on civilians could have caused reactions and means of which had landed him in the hands of the ICC. However, since his a Labour leader and coming from the United Kingdom. He has gotten away with the toils, air-raids and misuse of warfare for political gains.
That’s why reading up on the Order of the Garter. It is disgraceful. Just read this….
“The Most Nobel Order of the Garter:
The knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally. The Order is limited to 34 members” (Honours and Appointments Secretariat – ‘THE HONOURS SYSTEM of THE UNITED KINGDOM – Orders and Medals’).
Wales Online reported: “The Queen has knighted former prime minister Tony Blair. The longest-serving Labour PM said it was an “immense honour” to have been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry, to which appointments are in the Queen’s gift without advice from the Government” (Daniel Smith – ‘Tony Blair knighthood was bestowed directly by the Queen’ 01.01.2021, Wales Online).
I don’t know, if Blair have severed the Queen in a unique way and therefore, could be fitted for the Order. Because, that is the meaning for the Order of the Garter in the first place. If him as a Prime Minister and Head of State has served her with perfection and to her will. That would make sense…
While I feel a man like Tony Blair doesn’t deserve or is righteous for it. His now serving dictators and white-washing their reign with his latest business-enterprise. The former Prime Minister isn’t honourable, but a disgrace. His a man who should answer for his actions in office and not continue to linger in the public.
The Chilcot Report was stating what he did and it’s weird that it has had no consequences for him. There have been no repercussions and it’s damning. That’s why he shouldn’t have gotten this honour and being knighted in the first place.
Tony Blair is a man willing to go to war on wrong intelligence and lie about it. He hasn’t taken any responsibility or accountability for it. Blair have just walked away from it and has been able to shun it all. That’s his privilege and is unfair to all the innocent lives taken by his decisions and his allies. They should pay and be punished, as there was no Weapons of Mass Destructions or Chemical Warfare in the work of Saddam Hussein. Yes, Saddam was a dictator who previously was supported by the West and had gotten support to attack Iran at some point. Therefore, the U.S. and UK knew all of this. Therefore, Blair should have known better, but they suddenly changed the tune and attacked him with the goal of taking him down. While also earning fortunes on the petroleum production of Iraq. That’s why this war is a dirty one and it shouldn’t be dumbed down.
A man who ordered and made it happened shouldn’t be awarded. This man should be on trial like Bosco ‘The Terminator’ Ntaganda or any other war-criminal from the 1990s wars of Yugoslavia. Blair shouldn’t be off the hook, because his a British former Head of State. No, he should answer to same international laws as anyone else. Peace.