Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Alistair Campbell and almost every member of the UK Parliament of 2003 are deeply complicit, forever marked, by the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women and children. They ‘did’ that, above. RAF pilots on their orders, did that.
David Cameron and Theresa May are likewise guilty of responsibility for mass deaths in Libya and Syria.
Alex Salmond, more than any other political leader in the UK, stood against those conflicts. He marched and spoke, in the heart of the Empire. He then attempted to have Tony Blair tried as the war criminal he surely is.
Before that, he was they key figure in taking the Scottish independence movement from nowhere to nearly there in 2014. Now, I know many others played a big part and I’m not generally happy with the idea of ‘great men making history’ but, objectively, I’m not sure we’d be anywhere near where we are today, without him.
He did wrong. Like so many other men who gain power, he took advantage of his situation. Maybe he should have apologised earlier and more fulsomely though, when some of your accusers were clearly encouraged by civil servants to turn trivia into substance, weakening the more genuine cases of two (?), his sense of injustice is understandable.
But, are we really comparing his sins with those above and suggesting that he, unlike say, Gordon Brown who funded the mass deaths, is not fit, though proven innocent of any crime, to be forgiven, rehabilitated, and to continue as a politician?
In 2015, speaking to the United States Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, she, not on my behalf, said:
‘We would consider ourselves to be a key ally of the United States.’
Of the 2003 Iraq war, the invasion and what followed, she said astonishingly that it was (only):
‘the wrong direction.’ Feel free to swear. I just did.
She has since had a grinning selfie with the war criminal Alistair Campbell and championed the utterly appalling war criminal and fake feminist, Hilary Clinton.
I’ve written at length about these issues before, if you need more convincing: