1 July 2010

How to win a peace medal by going to war

Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

Tony Blair, the man who sent the UK into an illegal war that has cost the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis in their own country, and who parades himself as one of the Middle East Quartet whose agenda appears to be ensuring all sides of the conflict are equal, and that Israel is more equal than others, has picked up yet another prestigious peace prize.

David Eisner, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, announced today that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will receive the 2010 Liberty Medal in recognition of his steadfast commitment to conflict resolution. President Bill Clinton, Chair of the National Constitution Center, will award the prestigious medal to former Prime Minister Blair at a public ceremony on Monday, September 13, 2010.

His award was endorsed by Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, a man who has signed over one hundred death warrants since taking office.

As well as Rendell, Blair is in good company. Other notable men of peace who have been granted the lucrative Medal include,

George W. Bush, whose contribution to peace can still be seen on the streets of Baghdad and Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan who has turned into his country into a corruption riddled family business

Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel - a country that deserves a Medal in its name for obscene hypocrisy and their excellence in playing history's eternal victims

Kofi "What's in it for me?" Annan.

If that is the sort of company I need to keep, and the sort of contribution required to pick up fashionable Peace Medals at lavish Backslappers Balls, then I think I will stick to my certificate for swimming a width of Guilford Crescent Baths.

Wherever you may be - be safe - (although thanks to the efforts of those listed above, for millions of you, it may not be all that easy )

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