Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is coming to Toronto to debate pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens about the role of religion in world affairs (http://bit.ly/anCHGm). As prime minister, Blair gave full backing to the US-led war on Iraq, despite overwhelming opposition in Britain and around the world. Since then, Blair has been exposed as having lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq, saying famously that Iraqi WMDs could strike Europe within 45 minutes. No WMDs were ever found.
An ongoing public inquiry in Britain continues to reveal differences between what Blair’s government argued in the lead-up to the Iraq War and what was actually the case (http://bit.ly/bqvs1h). Blair’s support for the illegal Iraq War amounts to war crimes.
The recent leak of 400,000 secret documents by WikiLeaks (http://bit.ly/bgiRjt) proves that the anti-war movement was right to oppose the Iraq War, and that Tony Blair – and Christopher Hitchens, for that matter – can no longer justify their support for what has become a complete and total human disaster. According to the British medical journal, The Lancet, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died as a result of the war (http://huff.to/aBKDKl and http://bit.ly/9wgXRb). The country remains in ruins.
In 2003, then-members of the Opposition Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney condemned Canada’s decision to stay out of the war, saying that a Conservative-led government would have sent Canadian troops to Iraq.
Harper’s Conservatives wanted Canada to join the war in Iraq:
Canadian politician Jason Kenney angrily defends George W. Bush as Iraq War begins – March 20, 2003: http://bit.ly/dl8U1k (YouTube)
Tony Blair has been hounded by anti-war protests wherever he has appeared in public around the world – and rightly so. Please join with us in Toronto to give Blair – BLIAR – the welcome he deserves, and demand accountability for his role in war crimes in Iraq.
Bring banners, placards, and noise-makers!
Friday, November 26
Assemble at: 5:30 p.m.
Rally: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Roy Thompson Hall
60 Simcoe Street (south of King Street West)
TTC: St. Andrew
Map and directions: http://bit.ly/cZlTil
Rally on Facebook: http://bit.ly/BLAIRLIED