Desmond Tutu shows Iraq shadow still hounds Blair

Calls by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for Tony Blair and George Bush to stand trial over the Iraq War in today’s Observer show that the shadow of the illegal conflict continues to hang over the former Labour Party Prime Minister.

Last week the Nobel peace prize winning Archbishop pulled out of a conference in South Africa on leadership as he refused to share a platform with Tony Blair.

In 2004, the SNP group at Westminster which included Alex Salmond was part of a cross-party group of MPs that sought to impeach then Prime Minister Tony Blair over his actions leading to the Iraq War.

Commenting, SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford said:

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of the most respected voices for peace in the world. When he speaks out, the world has a duty to stop and listen.

“The fact that he has made this call shows that the dark legacy of the Iraq War continues to cast a shadow over Tony Blair’s time in office.

“Recent attempts to rehabilitate the former Labour Party Prime Minister are misguided and an insult to the many thousands of people who were wounded or killed as a result of the conflict.

“The enormous bloodshed that has taken place in Iraq was based on the insistence of the Blair and Bush administrations that there were weapons of mass destruction present in Iraq.

“The fact that this turned out to be utter nonsense means that the horrific number of military and civilian casualties that took place are directly attributable to those politicians that pushed for the conflict.”