Tony Blair, former UK prime minister who deliberately instigated the invasion of Iraq on false claims resulting in over 100,000 deaths, attempted to shift the blame away from Western colonial slaughter to the age old myth that religion is the cause of all wars. Blair had the gall to assert that democracy was the only counter to religious extremism when he and George Bush bombed Iraq into the stone age in order spread liberal democracy to the Muslim world.
After spending the first part of the 21st century concocting the invasion of Iraq, Blair is now trying to wash his hands from war crimes by blaming Islam and religion generally. Whether it is the 21st century, 20th century, 19th century or the 18th century religion has played a minor role in conflicts. Since the emergence of liberal democracy in Europe in the 18th century most wars have been over supremacy and resources.
Britain’s once vast navy allowed it to conquer many foreign territories, which in today’s language would be nothing less than empire building through piracy. It became enormously rich primarily by making war. The exploitation of wealth from foreign lands, such as in Middle East, the brutal subjugation of people in places such as Africa created the bloodied foundation of the British Empire.
The fault-lines in the Middle East were drawn up by Britain in collaboration with France and are the source of many of today’s conflicts across the region. It was Britain that created the illegal state of Israel in the heart of Muslim lands and it was British global ambitions, not religion that led to some of the world’s largest slaughter in WW1 and WW2.
As Britain commemorates the 100th anniversary of WW1, it was not religion but British colonial interests that created mustard gas, trench warfare, the world’s first tank and the flamethrower, amongst many other weapons for war.
Blair, in blaming Islamic extremism, is following in the footsteps of past British leaders, accusing the victims for wars committed by its colonial adventures and attempting to wash his hands of war crimes. The British Empire blamed Australia’s indigenous aborigine population for disease, when they made them virtually extinct in order to exploit the nation and be free from the native population.
According to the Encyclopaedia of Wars, the first reference work of its kind, of the 1,763 major conflicts in recorded history, only 123 can be classified as having been fought over religious differences. That is less than 7%. The encyclopaedia also explains that the number of people killed in these conflicts amounts to only 2%. This means that even when wars have been fought over religious disputes, they tend to be less bloody than when they are fought for other reasons.
This is only the latest attempt by Blair to lay the blame for all the world’s ills on Islamic extremism. Not only is his claim of religious wars factually incorrect, it reeks of hypocrisy, coming from a man directly responsible of the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and should be seen for what it actually is – a cheap, shameful and self-interested attempt to promote his faith foundation.