Tutu vs Blair

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Tutu won Poepol of the Week Award here not too long ago.

He is redeeming himself, little by little, to follow is an example:

Blair sorry about Tutu’s withdrawal

2012-08-28 19:58

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Johannesburg – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed sorrow on Tuesday at Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s decision to withdraw from a conference they were both attending in Johannesburg.

“Obviously Tony Blair is sorry that the archbishop has decided to pull out now from an event that has been fixed for months and where he and the archbishop were never actually sharing a platform,” his office said in a statement.

Tutu said on Tuesday it would be “inappropriate and untenable” for him to share a platform with Blair at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, being held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday.

This was related to Blair’s decision to join the United States in its invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Halabja massacre

Blair’s office referred to Halabja massacre, where “thousands of people” were killed by deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, and to the Iran-Iraq war, as reasons for his decision to join the invasion.

“As far as Iraq is concerned, they have always disagreed about removing Saddam by force. Such disagreement is part of a healthy democracy,” it said.

“These decisions are never easy morally or politically.”

Tutu’s office said the summit had leadership as its theme, and this could not be separated from ideas of morality.

“The archbishop has spent considerable time over the past few days wrestling with his conscience and taking counsel from trusted advisers with respect to his attendance at the event,” it said in a statement.

“Ultimately, the archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair’s decision to support the United States’ military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.”

Speakers

Tutu regretted “inconveniencing and disappointing” the summit organisers.

Blair is one of the speakers at the event. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Russian chess grandmaster and political activist Garry Kasparov are also expected to speak.

Muslim political party Al Jama-ah said on Monday it planned to protest against Blair outside the convention centre.

“The demonstration is being held to support a warrant of arrest to charge him for crimes against humanity relating to the invasion of Iraq which led to the killings of millions of Iraqis,” said Al Jama-ah leader Ganief Hendricks.

Hendricks said the City of Johannesburg was allowing the party to hold its demonstration.

“It is hoped that one or more demonstrators will be able to make a citizen’s arrest on the day and put Tony Blair in jail and extradite him to The Hague for trial.”

The website arrestblair.org has offered monetary rewards to people who try to make a citizen’s arrest of Blair for alleged crimes against humanity. Attempts to arrest him have been made in China, outside the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, at the European Parliament, and in Dublin, Ireland.

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4 thoughts on “Tutu vs Blair

  1. Comrades, as you know, I am not particularly religious. But in this case, I say, “Good for you Archbishop Tutu.”
    Mad dogs, even if they are mad poodles, should take responsibility for their mad dog actions.
    The Nuremberg Trials will be known as a lot of sanctimonious posturing by western hypocrites who will steal extractable resources from brown skinned peoples with impunity unless the world applies the rule of law to the new Nazis. That is, the Imperialist dogs and poodles who make all white people look like shit to the rest of the world.

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  2. There are politicians who now claim they were misinformed about the “weapons of mass destruction”. Who are they fooling? This reminds me of the Austrian critic and satirist Karl Kraus who said: “Wars start when politicians lie to journalists and then believe what they read in the newspapers.”

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  3. Baie waar Savage. Die vorige regering was meesters hiermee. Gebruik eers koerante vir hul propaganda en daarna die versinsels ter regverdiging van aksies. Mens kan natuurlik die woord “koerante” ook met “kerke” vervang.

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  4. Tutu shocks audience with outburst
    2012-09-04 08:02

    Cape Town – Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu shocked the audience at a Cape Town book launch with an outburst of outrage and anger about the state of the country.

    Beeld reported that Tutu erupted with a raw, anguished cry despite sitting right behind a deputy minister and top ANC member.

    The chatty audience at the book launch of Father Michael Lapsley’s autobiography Redeeming the Past was immediately silenced.

    “What on earth are you doing!” Tutu called out.

    “I am 80-years-old. Can’t you allow us elders to go to our graves with a smile, knowing that this is a good country? Because truly – it is a good country!” Tutu pleaded emotionally.

    Struggle activist Lapsley lost both hands and an eye in a letter bomb sent by apartheid authorities.

    When Tutu later spoke at the podium he asked: “How can we have children 18 years later (after the dawn of democracy) who go to school under trees and whose education is being crushed without textbooks and no one is held accountable? Have we so quickly forgotten the price of freedom?

    “People are going to sleep hungry in this freedom for which people were tortured and harmed…

    “It is difficult to believe people are getting such money and benefits, and are driving such flashy cars while the masses suffer in cramped shacks.”

    “Marikana felt like a nightmare, but that is what our democracy is in 2012.”

    – News24

    Go Tutu!!!!!!! This guy has gotten his spunk back. Give them hell!!!!!

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