Irish Anti War Movement

Proceeds of Blair book set for troop charity

From the Guardian

MATTHEW TAYLOR, in London

TONY BLAIR, who led the UK into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is to donate the proceeds from his forthcoming memoir to the Royal British Legion.

A spokesman for the former prime minister, who is understood to have already received a £4.6 million (€5.6 million) advance for A Journey , said he would hand over all the money he makes, including the advance, “as a way of marking the enormous sacrifice [the armed forces] make for the security of our people and the world”.

Mr Blair’s spokesman added: “In making this decision, Tony Blair recognises the courage and sacrifice the armed forces demonstrate day in, day out. As prime minister he witnessed that for himself in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Kosovo. This is his way of honouring their courage and sacrifice.”

The book is expected to generate huge interest when it goes on sale on September 1st. Translation rights have been sold in 14 territories.

“The proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back challenge centre, a project that will provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation services for seriously injured troops returning from the frontline,” the spokesman said.

ARREST BLAIR WHEN "WAR CRIMINAL" VISITS DUBLIN

 

GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR

 

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The news that the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is to sign copies of his newly published memoirs at Eason’s in O’Connell St Dublin on September 4th has prompted the Galway Alliance Against War to call for him to be arrested for war crimes – specifically “for his unprovoked war of aggression against the defenceless people of Iraq”.

 

ARREST BLAIR CALL – WHEN "WAR CRIMINAL" VISITS DUBLIN 3/4 september

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GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ARREST BLAIR CALL – WHEN "WAR CRIMINAL" VISITS DUBLIN

 

 

The news that the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is to sign copies of his newly published memoirs at Eason’s in O’Connell St Dublin on September 4th has prompted the Galway Alliance Against War to call for him to be arrested for war crimes – specifically “for his unprovoked war of aggression against the defenceless people of Iraq”.

 

Foreign military deaths of 2,002 in Afghan war trail civilian casualties

FROM IRISH TIMES - 16 AUGUST 2010

KABUL – Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan have exceeded 2,000 since the war began in late 2001, unofficial tallies showed yesterday, more than 60 per cent of them Americans but still far behind ever-growing civilian casualties.

The deaths of at least one more US service member, an Australian and a Briton announced in the past two days have pushed the total to 2,002 since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001 by US-backed Afghan forces.

The total is less than half that suffered during the seven years of the Iraq war but is a significant milestone nonetheless, with NATO allies like the Netherlands pulling out of the alliance and others reviewing their future roles.

It will also likely to be an unwelcome figure for US President Barack Obama, who has promised a strategy review in December after mid-term elections a month earlier in which his Democrat Party faces a backlash from an increasingly sceptical public.

Disputes over the Afghan war have already brought down a Dutch government in February and a German president in May and, facing growing public doubts about the war at home, US leaders have sought to lower expectations of what can be achieved.

US withdrawal from Iraq - Irish Times Editorial - 16 August 2010

US withdrawal from Iraq

BY THE end of this month the United States is pledged to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq and by the end of next year its status of forces agreement with that state expires. President Obama says these commitments mark the end of the combat mission in Iraq as promised by him and on his timetable. There is a lot of politics in this statement ahead of the US midterm elections in November. In fact six brigades – 50,000 troops – will remain in 94 bases in September even when 14,000 others pull out. And Iraq’s most senior military commander once again last week insisted that the country’s armed forces will not be ready to take charge until 2020.

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