21st Century Wire says…
Incredibly, John ‘Two Jags’ Prescott has gone off on his old boss – again.
Throwing Tony Blair under the bus this week (see full story below) may bolster Prescott’s own legacy somewhat, but the legacy of Iraq will still continue its eternal downward spiral.
In 2013, he granted an exclusive interview with RT where he submitted a full mea culpa with regards to his own role in the 2003 bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq:
“Saddam was an evil man, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re not the believer in regime change. You can’t just go into another country and decide: ‘I don’t like its leader’”, he said.
“When I reflect in 10 years, not so much about how I came to be agreeing with Tony [Blair], and then the process of what changed, and it became regime change. In fact, when I talked to Vice President [Dick] Cheney when I was sent over to talk over that, I mean this was a man who didn’t give a damn about what was going to happen about the UN. He just really wanted to go in Iraq. To their mind, President Bush the father had stopped at Kuwait and not gone in and dealt with Saddam [Hussein]. So all the Americans used to say to me: it’s business as usual. And to that extent, I was very alarmed and told Blair that.”
“I came back and told Tony, the Americans are going in with or without you. We don’t make the difference. They’re going in.”
“I must accept the responsibility for the part I played in that decision [to go to war.]”
“It’s not very easy, people have died, how do you do it [come to terms]? Even if you talk about British troops [killed] – there was nearly 200 of them – or indeed the many thousands of civilians who continue to die, even today in what is happening in Iraq.”
We’re beginning to appreciate we’re beginning to appreciate the frank wisdom of Two Jags in retirement…
A former UK deputy prime minister has accused Tony Blair of radicalizing young British Muslims with his “bloody crusades.”
Speaking at fundraiser, Lord [John] Prescott, who served as Blair’s deputy, admitted that the pair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.
“I was with Tony Blair on Iraq. We were wrong. They told us it wasn’t regime change. It was. And that’s exactly what the Americans have had. Now Tony, unfortunately is still in to that. I mean the way he’s going now, he now wants to invade everywhere,” Prescott said in remarks made last month but which came to light over the weekend.
“He should put a white coat on with a red cross and let’s start the bloody crusades again,” he added.
The veteran Labour politician went on to directly link Blair’s invasions with young Muslims’ joining violent Islamic groups.
Lord Prescott added, “When I hear people talking about how people are radicalized, young Muslims. I’ll tell you how they are radicalized. Every time they watch the television where their families are worried, their kids are being killed and murdered and rockets firing on all these people, that’s what radicalizes them.”
A number of young British Muslims have joined militant group Islamic State. Three young British men were stopped from entering Syria from Turkey Sunday, and three teenage girls remain missing.
Blair could face war crimes charges once a heavily-delayed investigation into the Iraq War is published, the upper house of the U.K. Parliament was told earlier this year.
Members of the House of Lords, led by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Hugh Dykes, posed questions about the Chilcot Inquiry, the British public inquiry into the nation’s role in the war in Iraq, and asked why its release has been prolonged by more than four years…
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