Chatham House report criticises Blair’s Foreign Policy but leaves much unsaid
London, UK, December 19 – A report from leading British think-tank,
Chatham House, analysed Tony Blair’s foreign policy over the last 10
years and describes his Iraq war as a "terrible mistake". The report’s
author, Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas also said that Tony Blair’s
legacy will be his failure to “influence the Bush administration in any
significant way despite the sacrifice – military, political and
financial – that the United Kingdom has made."
Commenting on the report, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, “Whilst the report describes Blair’s Iraq invasion as a ‘terrible mistake’, it fails to mention the level of hypocrisy in Blair's Foreign Policy. Whilst Blair talks about bringing democracy to the Middle East, he refuses to deal with the elected government in Palestine because it will not concede to western demands to recognise Israel. In supporting calls for new elections, he is effectively saying people can vote for their government as long as it submits to the demands of Western governments.
“Most importantly, the report fails to recognise that more than any other Prime Minister in recent years, Blair has exemplified the colonial nature of Britain's foreign policy. Whilst his predecessors have supported dictators and autocrats – like Saddam, King Hussain of Jordan and Pinochet – his relationships with Mubarak, Musharraf, Gaddafi, Abdullah ibn Saud, Abdullah of Jordan and others has revealed this relationship more openly. These decades of colonialist foreign policy has not only damaged innocent lives through invasion and occupation, it has led to the collapse of principles and economic exploitation of the weak, all in the name of the ‘national interest’”.
“Blair's foreign policy disasters are to be his legacy. One wonders if he will continue to try to salvage his reputation at home in the months before he leaves office in the same manner he has done for the past few months – at the expense of the Muslim community. By labelling Muslims as a problem community, they have bourn the brunt of his deflection tactic.“