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Re: “Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Falls Flat

I have just seen this brilliant movie, and it reminded me how much I despise Cheney, Bush, Blair and all the other overprivileged armchair generals who sent the sons of the great unwashed off to die for a pack of lies and leave the middle east in flames. Buck Millican sums up my feelings in Alun Wesslers monumental tome Odysseus:

Letter from Sambuca Millican to the South China Morning Post of 8 July 2016, unpublished through lack of interest, so later posted on Facebook to at least reach several score friends and acquaintances:

I am absolutely sick of people in the media being taken in by Tony Blair's crocodile tears and Machiavellian word games, and then encouraging us to take a balanced and moderate view of his role in the Iraq war. If you are not clinically insane or a certified moron, you cannot deny the basic facts below, which are supported by the Chilcot report.

For months, Tony Blair followed George Bush around like a devoted underling (I don't want to use expressions like 'poodle' or 'clingy girlfriend' because I am striving to be objective and factual), averring that he would be with you whatever, presumably no matter how wicked or moronic the Americans' plans were. At the same time, Blair led the British people to believe that he was seeking a multilateral compromise to avoid military action.

Blair and his cronies compiled a heavily biased dossier of unreliable intelligence on the imminent threat posed to the west by Saddam Hussein, and then presented it to parliament as a powerful or near-irresistible casus belli. This can only be a case of either criminal dishonesty or criminal negligence. There is no third explanation.

Then Blair sent the children of the lower orders off to war and into lethal danger, without the appropriate planning or equipment to keep them safe. At the same time, he and George Bush had come up with no proper or even sensible ideas on how they were going to administer a post-invasion Iraq to prevent it from turning into a toxic maelstrom of deadly mayhem. As a result, 179 British service personnel and at least 100,000 Iraqis died in the aftermath.

I am not a lawyer, so I don't know which legal books I should consult to find the definition of a war crime. However, just a cursory one-minute look on the Internet produces this quote from Wikipedia: 'A war of aggression, sometimes also a war of conquest, is a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense,.....Since the Korean War of the early 1950s, waging such a war of aggression is a crime under the customary international law.' The Chilcot report states that 'Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime'. Blair knew the the UK was not under threat, and so he was clearly not acting in self defence.

Maybe there are some legal experts out there reading this comment. Would any of you like to advise me how I could bring a private prosecution against Blair for war crimes, or perhaps join me in taking such action?
Warren Russell, Hong Kong

Posted by Jamesjoyceulysses Transposedtohongkong on 02/01/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “'Blindspotting' Is One of the Most Important Movies of the Year

Why is this film not up for a single Oscar. I've never attended a film screening after which audience members gathered around the film poster in lobby and just stood there. Until one women said solemnly, "that was the best movie I have ever seen." And we all agreed.
Americans have cried out for meaningful, well-produced non-white centric films.. This film should be celebrated.

Posted by Slim56 on 01/26/2019 at 11:20 AM

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