Tony Blair receives the medal for being a TRAITOR to his country …
– Tony Blair Was Warned By All 27 Senior Government Lawyers That Iraq War Was Illegal (Daily Express)
– Tony Blair ‘knew Iraq did not have WMD before war started’ (Times)
– US and UK knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs
– Dutch Inquiry: Iraq War Was Illegal, Had ‘No Basis In International Law’ (Guardian)
… and for GENOCIDE:
– Iraq: Fallujah Doctors Report Dramatic Rise In Birth Defects (BBC News)
– What Depleted Uranium Does to Children in Iraq: Japanese Journalist
– Depleted Uranium Shells Worse Than Nuclear Weapons:
Inhaled or ingested DU particles are highly toxic, and DU has been classified as an illegal weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
“More than ten times the amount of radiation released during atmospheric testing [of nuclear bombs] has been released from DU weaponry since 1991,” said Leuren Moret, a U.S. nuclear scientist. “The genetic future of the Iraqi people, for the most part, is destroyed. The environment now is completely radioactive.”
“Because DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the Middle East will, for all practical purposes, be radioactive forever.”
Tony Blair currently works as a Middle East peace envoy
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to receive a prestigious US medal and $100,000 (£67,000) prize for his work in conflict resolution.
The National Constitution Centre is awarding him its Liberty Medal for “steadfast” efforts to broker peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
Previous winners include Nelson Mandela and former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush senior.
Mr Blair said he was driven by values of “freedom, liberty and justice”.
Mr Clinton, the centre’s chairman, will present the medal in Philadelphia on 13 September.
‘Dedication and creativity’
He said: “It was a privilege to work with my friend Tony Blair to help end 30 years of sectarian violence and broker a lasting peace in Northern Ireland, to stop the killing in and mass exodus from Kosovo, and to develop policies that would improve living conditions for people in both our countries.
“Now, as a private citizen, Tony continues to demonstrate the same leadership, dedication and creativity in promoting economic opportunity in the Middle East and the resolution of conflicts rooted in religion around the world, and is building the capacity of developing nations to govern honestly and effectively.”
In response, Mr Blair, who currently works as a peace envoy to the Middle East, said: “Freedom, liberty and justice are the values by which this medal is struck.
“Freedom, liberty and justice are the values which I try to apply to my work on governance in Africa and on preparing the Palestinians for statehood.
“They are the values which drive the work of my faith foundation as we try to show that people of different faiths can live together constructively in peace and harmony.”
Mr Blair’s office said he would be donating the prize money to two of his charities – the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.
Last year, Mr Blair received the highest civilian award in the US, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Source: BBC NEWS