Why are the British so stupid?

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted at the Inquiry of the Iraqi War that 179 service men and women were killed from the British forces involvement of armed conflict in Iraq.

Amidst the British public outcry in sacrificing lives and resources for what undoubtably had been a worthless effort that achieved nothing if not worse of for the British, Brown who succeeded from Tony Blair admitted that “We made the right decision for the right cause on Iraq” and “We have to be prepared to face international action if we want peace”. He also admitted that “Diplomatic routes will end up in defiance”, blaming post Cold War rogue states ‘sponsoring terrorism’.

“It was a principled war” while in the same breadth describing Iraq as “Serial violater to international sanctions and resolutions” as excuses to justify what the international community describe as ‘unlawful and illegal war’.

Brown who was the Chancellor of the Exchequer when PM Blair lied to the British public in early 2003 and committed British forces to join US forces and made Britain a pariah in international by becoming President George W. Bush’s lackey. He also cited experiences in Rwanda and Bosnia as “Britain had to exhaust all diplomatic avenues before we committed to use of force”. The war in Iraqi already estimated to cost the British tax payers GBP 8.5 billion. In 2006, as the Chancellor he admitted that the war had cost Britain GBP 2.6 billion, then quickly revised to GBP 4.0 billion. Brown also said in the inquiry that the estimated cost of construction of Iraq which is mainly cost by the unlawful and illegal war to be GBP 45 billion.

Despite being a very senior Cabinet member and traditional next in line to the premiership of UK, Brown was giving the impression in the inquiry that he was ‘out of the loop’ and as the Chancellor, he confined his responsibility to the role  Treasury Head, the sourcing and funding of the military option and how it decision would have cost Britain. He denied having access nor knowledge to various papers except involving the Treasury (funding and costing of a ‘military option’) which led to PM Blair’s decision to take to the Cabinet for a decision to go to war in Iraq. He maintained that the decision to  war was ‘right’ with all the mitigating circumstance but also qualified that a long term diplomatic solution was necesasry.

Brown also denied having access to any correspondence or privy to any of PM Blair’s direct communications to and with President Bush.

Depite getting overwhelming support of the House of Commons, record had shown that PM Blair lied to the British public about the reason for Britain commit to directly for a ‘military option’ and co-advocate the invasion of Iraq was about “Weapon of mass destruction”, which was never proven to exist and let alone threaten her neighbours and peace of the region.

Not everyone in Blair’s Cabinet supported the illegal war of invading Iraq in March 2003. Former Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook summarily resigned in protest to Britain’s advocacy and active participation in the unjustified war.

Brown also said at the inquiry “I don’t think we could have anticipated everythig that happened” and was hopeful that the Iraqis could rebuild the security forces in time, as a blatant excuse to the question why Britain is still committed as an ‘invasion force’ in Iraq after seven years and a democratically elected government already installed. Clearly taking the stance of defending his predecessor’s stance, Brown took an irresponsible position to ‘wash his dirty hands’ as part of the ‘collective responsibility’ in deciding on the war which suffered millions of Iraqis far worse than ‘liberating them from the evil clutches of Saddam Hussein’.

Brown also said that he favoured decision to commit should be brought to the House of Commons and “In future, the recommendation from Cabinet should be brought to the House of Commons”. When asked whether the UN Security Council should be consulted before such commitment, Brown was twisting politically-correct statements to give an uncommittal answer despite repeatedly using the word ‘unequivocal reason’ to justify his predecessor’s unlawful and illegal war effort.

However, in the inquiry Brown as the British Prime Minister whose government was a advocate to the destruction of Iraq irresponsibly said “There should be an international agency to oversee the reconstruction process of Iraq”.

What baffled us is that, after all that has been said about Blair lying about committing Britain to an unwinnable war in Iraq, the present government is still in power after seven years. Being branded as a diplomatic pariah and lackey to Bush’s America just to be an active promoter and parcticipant to an obviously a much publicised brutal war, are the British who have been known to play games gentlemanly now reduced themselves to be so stupid?

As people who in past have been known to ‘play any games the gentlemen way’, Britain must take full responsibility ‘severally and jointly’ to the reconstruction of Iraq, at their own cost. If Brown’s estimates at the inquiry were acurate, then British tax payers should be footing the GBP 22 billion Iraqi reconstruction bill on their own resources.

What is worse is that, despite conscious of all these why some Malaysians are even more stupid to invite former British PM Tony “Butcher the Liar” Blair to come to Malaysia and speak.

 

 

 

Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 18:22  Comments (10)  

Why should anyone believe “Mat King Leather” anymore?

Rocky’s Bru led Malay Mail scooped the story about Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzil Samsuri leaving PKR to be an independent. He cited same reasons as what previously exited MPs Bayan Baru Dato’ Seri Zahrain Hashim and Nibong Tebal Tan Tee Beng gave; “Backstabbing, bickering and empty promises (lies)”.

Partyless-Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim insinuated to”Taking over the Federal Government” at his ‘Black 14’ April 2008 celebrations at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman padang and come August, Pakatan Rakyat is “Taking over the Federal Government by 16 September 2008 and 31BN MPs are ready to jump ship and be with us”. That never did come.

The fac tis that, since then 10 YBs already either ‘jumped ship’ or left their elected position. Three ADUNs in Perak, two ADUNs in Kedah, one ADUN and Penang Deputy Chief Minister resigned, another ADUN in Selangor, followed by Bayan Bayu MP, Nibong Tebal MP and now Bagan Serai MP. PKR Secretary General Sallehudin Hashim and Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail already resigned their party post.

It is expected that Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Nordin, Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong and Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail will follow suit in leaving what obviously is a ‘sinking ship sailing into a storm’ and more who failed to see the light at the end of the tunnel will eventually come to their senses. PKR had been and will always be a personal and greedy agenda for former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim to realise his ‘undying wet dream to come to power and what ever cost’ and more of these men and women find themselves as pawns t0 put this man into power.

PKR has seen to much of turmoil and roller coaster ride. This third MP exodus seemingly already disqualified Anwar to hold the single largest party within the Opposition bench to remain as Opposition Leader. If and when Zulkifli, Wee and Azan leave, then Anwar will be recorded in history as the shortest lived Opposition Leader in the Dewan Rakyat.

If PKR and PR MPs themselves no longer have any shred of trust to Anwar depsite being “Close and personal friend”, then the question we are asking here is that why should the voters believe in him anymore?

Let us share some of our previous conversations with Malaysia Today Supremo Raja Petra Kamaruddin. When some of us pro UMNO bloggers were close to him during the ‘struggle’ against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi back in 2010, he shared why he abandoned Anwar in 2006 and in turn, willing to support Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Apparently Anwar and Co. have been ‘siphoning’ monies meant for the PKR struggle for themselves. The case in point the criminal charge fugitive gave was the May 2006 Sarawak State Elections where top PKR leaders like Wan Azizah and Azmin Ali coming over to Kuching, stayed in 4/5 star accomodations and renting the top-of-the-ine SUVs where else the machinery did not even have access to petrol money for their motorbikes, meals or pre paid mobile top-ups.

This is a junction where all the dissappointed that loathe the abuses and non chalantness of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Company which so many thought is running the nation to the dogs and at the same time, was very hopeful that Anwar and Company could bring about a change should really reconsider their stance. PKR around Anwar and Company is all about abuses, nepotism, lies and false hopes.

Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 14:59  Comments (11)