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Is Tony Blair a war criminal?

In 2017 the official investigation into former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's invasion of Iraq was finally published. Known as The Chilcot Inquiry, it concluded that the invasion was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations recommendations. This blatant disregard for international law has led many to argue that Blair is a war criminal, and should be tried in an international court for war crimes.

No, Tony Blair is not a war criminal

Blair was acting on intelligence that justified his crimes at the time.

Blair was led by false information

Blair believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and was acting in the interests of the world. Explore

Blair's leadership was not defined by the Iraq War

Blair led a government that successfully reduced UK poverty and increased wages. These outweigh his mistakes in Iraq. Explore

Yes, Tony Blair is a war criminal

Blair broke international law, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives.

300,000 people died as a result of Blair's actions

The monstrous scale of unjustified fatalities at his hands means he must be tried. Explore

Blair violated international law

The invasion was illegal, breaking the UN Security Council resolutions to which all nations are bound. Explore

Blair was motivated by financial greed

The invasion had no purpose, other than to seize control of Iraqi oil resources. Explore

Other world leaders have been tried for lesser crimes

Blair's contemporaries, such as Colonel Gaddafi, were forced to confront their crimes in court. Blair should not be an exception. Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 22 Apr 2020 at 08:45 UTC