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From a lawyer to another lawyer

Open letter to Anthony Charles Lynton Blair


AUTHOR:  Robert Thompson, 19 June 2007

Translated by  Submitted by the author


Sir,

 

It is a very unhappy thought that you are one of the worst criminals and terrorists currently at liberty, and it has been sickening to hear you recently on the radio and television trying to justify your breaches of the Nuremberg Principles by saying that you thought that you did right to act as you did.

 

I had understood that, like me, you had read Jurisprudence at Oxford, but, if so, you must have decided long ago not to read such basic texts as these essential Principles which have the merit of defining both crimes against humanity and war crimes in extremely simple terms.

 

If indeed you do claim to be a lawyer, you must realise that you have no excuse for your actions and should be prosecuted for your openly avowed criminal actions.

 

Not only have you over the years encouraged the continuing persecution of the people of Palestine and neighbouring countries by enemy invaders, you went on to lead the United Kingdom into a war against the Iraqi people in 2003 completed by the invasion and occupation of that country.   There was never any British interest under threat from the previous Iraqi regime, however abhorrent you may have considered it, and you must throughout have known this.   On the other hand you took an active part in the adventure planned and decided upon by the rulers of the United States of America to seize the vast oil reserves which made the weak and tottering Iraqi regime such a choice target for greedy speculators.

 

It is rumoured that you are seeking to make vast sums of money from selling your memoirs and making speaking tours, but I have to suggest that you should instead surrender yourself in all decent humility to be judged for your foul crimes against the people of Iraq.

 

As a lawyer having practised international law at the highest level and criminal law (among other disciplines) at all levels under more than one judicial system, I am shocked that you, even if you gave up any meaningful study of the law many years ago, have learned so little about the most basic elements of justice, and that you should still dare to state that you believed that you were acting correctly in sending British troops into action in Iraq.

 

Clearly I cannot know exactly what you knew of the obvious and well-known facts in 2003 when you told such terrible untruths to the House of Commons and to the people of the United Kingdom, but it is unthinkable that a lawyer could ever, after what has since happened, attempt to justify such obvious breaches of international criminal law as you committed.   You should apologise humbly both to the people of Iraq and to those of the United Kingdom for your hideous crimes.

 

Equally obviously, I cannot know what pressures may possibly have been exercised by anyone on the Attorney General for him to have given you the Opinion which he did early in 2003, but I have to say that I consider any conclusion that a war of aggression was justified by this sad and pathetic document to be obvious nonsense given the clarity and simplicity of the wording of the Nuremberg Principles, unanimously approved by the victorious Allies after the Second World War.

 

Without knowing enough about your personal life-history, your recklessness, where human lives were, and still are, concerned, makes me assume that you have never served in any of the armed forces.   This seems to have given you a lack of understanding of service life and to have insulated you from the sadness and mourning which you have caused in so many families, whether those of British servicemen and servicewomen or those of your Iraqi and other victims.

 

History will no doubt sum up your legacy as Prime Minister in one single word, namely "Iraq", and I hope and pray that you will as speedily as possible repent of your evil decision to support the naked aggression so actively promoted by the President of the United States of America.

 

Yours very sadly,

 

Robert Thompson

 

Avocat Honoraire au Barreau de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Retired Solicitor (Honours), England and Wales


Robert Thompson is a French citizen and a retired Trial Lawyer) at the Boulogne-sur-Mer Bar, living with his wife in a small village in Northern France.   He was born at Leek (North Staffordshire, England) in 1931, and, after reading Jurisprudence at Oxford University, he became an English Solicitor.   He later went to work at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.   There he was Director in charge of the Legal Department and also Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration, the most important international commercial arbitration centre on the world.   While there, he became the I.C.C. Director in charge of relations with the Arab states, where he travelled for professional reasons, and he worked towards legal cooperation with the countries then within the Comecon.
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