Arrestblair.org er en ny engelsk hjemmeside og kampagne, som er oprettet med det formål at få gennemført en civil anholdelse af tidligere premierminister Tony Blair, så han kan stå til regnskab for sine forbrydelser, herunder ikke mindst hans medvirken til invasionen af Irak i 2003, der var baseret på løgn og latin og som indtil videre har kostet langt over hundrede tusind mennesker livet.
Kampagnen udlover en dusør til den, der anholder Blair, og hvis du er den heldige, der kommer først, står du netop nu til at modtage lige over 10.000 britiske pund – dette beløb kan dog ventes at vokse dag for dag.
Hjemmesiden skriver selv om formålet med kampagnen:
Money donated to this site will be used for no other purpose than to pay bounties for attempts to arrest Tony Blair. All administration and other costs, apart from any charges added to your donations by Paypal, will be paid by the site’s founder.
The intention is to encourage repeated attempts to arrest the former prime minister. We have four purposes:
– To remind people that justice has not yet been done.
– To show Mr Blair that, despite his requests for people to “move on” from Iraq, the mass murder he committed will not be forgotten.
– To put pressure on the authorities of the United Kingdom and the countries he travels through to prosecute him for a crime against peace, or to deliver him for prosecution to the International Criminal Court.
– To discourage other people from repeating his crime.
Initiativtageren er den kendte britiske skribent og aktivist George Monbiot, som i dagens Guardian forklarer sin beslutning ud fra sin frustration over magtens indspisthed og vilkårlighed og retssystemets dybe ikke-uafhængighed af regeringen:
The forensic failure of the Chilcot inquiry illustrates what we learnt from the banking scandals: self-regulation doesn’t work. The independence of the inquiry is as stark a lie as any of the claims made by its star witness. In truth this panel of pussycats is a quango appointed and instructed by the prime minister, who will himself appear as a witness. If ever you needed more evidence that the power of the prime minister’s office is insufficiently defined in the United Kingdom, here it is.
So you can mock our feeble attempts to hold Tony Blair to account, but only if you propose an alternative. Last Friday’s hearings show that there will be no justice, no reckoning from the organs of the state. Encouraging citizen’s arrests of Tony Blair for the crime of aggression is perhaps the only remaining option we have, and the astonishing response to the campaign I launched last week shows that many people understand this. In 30 hours, before Paypal blocked the account without notice, the bounty fund at www.arrestblair.org, which rewards people trying to arrest the former prime minister for crimes against peace, cleared £9,000.
Already the campaign has borne fruit. Outside the Chilcot inquiry a woman called Grace McCann, inspired by the website, tried to apprehend Mr Blair, before she was restrained and removed by the police. She qualifies for the first bounty: one quarter of the total pot at the time of her attempt. She has pledged to give the money to relevant charities. The fund will remain open until Blair is officially prosecuted, and we will keep paying out to those who follow Grace’s example.
Det nye initiativ ønskes held i sprøjten, og må det snart lykkes at få Tony bag tremmer efter en forhåbentlig grundig retssag, der kan få alle sagens aspekter frem i lyset. Bagefter mangler vi bare en tilsvarende kampagne her i Danmark for at få anholdt Løkke og Fogh over deres medskyld i krigsforbrydelserne i Irak og Afghanistan de sidste 7-9 år.
Link: Arrest Blair