Missing: war criminal turned “peace envoy” Tony Bliar

Snowball, whose blog Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism is always enjoyable, asks a pertinent question: “Where was Blair?” (Alas, he misspells Bliars name.)

The former UK Prime Minister has not been making a song and dance about the latest Israeli “incursion” into Gaza, despite his role as Middle East peace envoy for the Quartet (UN/US/EU/Russia).

Perhaps it is best that he keeps his mouth shut on this – I mean, “Tony Bliar” isn’t a name you associate with halting violence…

And what’s more, Bliar’s pivotal role in enabling the bloody “regime change” in Iraq might cause people to wonder about the US and UK governments – and the EU – support for Israel’s efforts to oust the democratically-elected Palestinian government – essential reading on which is “Engineering a coup in Gaza” by The Heathlander and David Rose’s Vanity Fair article, “The Gaza Bombshell“.

Tommy Sheridan and family charged but suspected war criminals can go free!?

The war criminal in question is not Bliar, but one Major General Doron Almog, who in September 2005 was allowed to flee the UK because police supposedly feared an armed confrontation…

I wonder how many other suspects are allowed to flee because police have such fears?

To add insult to injury, the suspect in question recieved an apology for being inconvenienced from the then Foreign Minister Jack Straw.

It’s all a very different story for Tommy Sheridan. He was charged in December, and now his wife has been charged, over perjury claims stemming from the infamous News of The World defamation trial – in which a jury sided with Sheridan against the Murdoch media empire.

It’s a wonder the police weren’t afraid that investigating Sheridan and co. would lead to a whopping great bill for the public, all for the benefit of a puffed-up plutocrat and his media monopoly.

God knows how many hours of police work has already gone into this witch-hunt. I has assumed that murder, rape, and other violent crimes did not take place within the domain of the Lothian and Borders police force – but then I checked their website…

In the last week, they have issued press releases on the following violent crimes that they are investigating in which they appeal for help from the public: a woman has been indecently assaulted, another has been violently assualted; a man threatened off-license staff with a knife during a robbery; three young men have been violently assualted, two needing hospital treatment.

From the Defend Tommy Sheridan website:

Solidarity maintains that the ongoing perjury investigation into Tommy Sheridan and others who’ve been questioned and subsequently charged this week, is part of a political witch-hunt being carried out at the behest of Rupert Murdoch’s News International Corporation and a Scottish legal establishment left reeling by Sheridan’s victory in his High Court defamation case in the summer of 2006.

The only crime that Tommy Sheridan is guilty of is the crime of speaking truth to power. His is a political reputation built upon an unwavering commitment to speaking out on behalf of the most vulnerable and oppressed in society. He has and continues to speak out against the scourges of low pay, poverty, racism, war and inequality in all its forms – in short, against everything Rupert Murdoch and his vast media empire represents.

The resources allocated to this investigation thus far, both in terms of public money and police manpower, constitutes grounds for a public inquiry. Reports have suggested that over £1million pounds will have been spent by the time this investigation reaches its end. This is an amount that far exceeds the £750,000 spent on the recent ‘cash for peerages’ investigation into corruption at the heart of the British Government. As for manpower, recent news reports have stated that over twenty officers have been working on this investigation full time for over a year. Given that Lothian and Borders Police currently holds the onerous distinction of the worst record of any police force in the country when it comes to successfully investigating cases involving rape, the public has a right to know how they can afford such an allocation of manpower into matters arising from a civil defamation case.

Further, in 2006, whilst Tommy Sheridan was still a sitting MSP, a listening device was found in his car. Surely a public which has been kept fully informed of developments in relation to the ongoing investigation of Tommy Sheridan for perjury should likewise be informed as to why no such developments have taken place with regard to the investigation of a listening device being planted in the car of a sitting MSP?

Questions need to be asked. For example: has the police investigation into the listening device involved Sweeney-style arrests with unmarked police cars skidding into car parks at high speed, as Tommy Sheridan was subjected to? Has it involved home invasions involving nine police officers holding a woman and her infant child hostage while they ransacked her home, as Tommy Sheridan’s wife and child were forced to endure?

Has anyone been questioned in relation to this matter? More specifically, has the editor of the News of The World, Bob Bird, been questioned? After all, this is the editor of the newspaper that was successfully sued for defamation by Tommy Sheridan in 2006. Moreover, last year a high ranking journalist working for this particular newspaper was sent to prison for illegally bugging the private phone conversations of various members of the so-called Royal Family.

Tommy Sheridan and his witnesses have absolutely nothing to fear from any investigation into matters arising from his original defamation case. Throughout they have conducted themselves with integrity and scrupulous honesty. We do, however, question the basis upon which this investigation has been initiated and conducted.

Rupert Murdoch already wields, through his various newspapers and media outlets, an egregious and corrupting influence over the body politic in this country. We demand a public inquiry into the possibility that this influence has now stretched to the workings of our police and legal establishment.