The 2000s - or noughties - stand as a monumental failure to speak truth to power.
And that is being highlighted right now. The audacity of Tony Blair to front the Chilcott Inquiry into Britain's involvement in the Iraq war and repeat ad nauseum the little lies, obfuscations and the failure to provide even the most minimal form of moral leadership while even the most conservative right-wingers have moved into a more balanced view of the whole sorry illegal excursion, stands as testimony to his utter unsuitability to be a UN peace envoy.
IN ADDITION, the Guardian is reporting that he is up to his old tricks - trying to spin Tehran as a the next real threat. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/ja...n-spin-chilcot - He mentioned Iran 58 times and put them in the same category as Iraq - even while defending his policies on Iraq. How monstrously offensive to the families of the fallen soldiers who are most deserving of some sort of decent explanation from the politicians that sent their sons to die.
Where were our journalists? They knew . Only now, Peter Hartcher comes out and says that Avatar's Earthlings are Not Nearly as Monstrous As Bush http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politi...0125-mugw.html
I am not pretending to know his record in the lead up to the war - but where are the Robert Fisk's and the Sy Hersh's in Australia?
I think only seeing Blair, Bush or Howard in the dock will send a message to others who think that it is OK to wage a war against the strongest international legal advice. I was under the impression that we all lived in a liberal democracy where the media was the Fourth Estate.
I thought it would be good to start a thread where contributors could NAME abuses of power.
There is mine: Outraged that Tony Blair is using an inquiry into his illegal and morally reprehensible behaviour to perpetrate the very thing he has been called to account for - spinning a war.