In the UK, calls for the cancellation of Sir Tony Blair’s identity are increasing | Political News

The petition requesting the award of the former Prime Minister’s Award for Queen Elizabeth II’s role in the Iraq War was supported by the masses.

Thousands of Britons joined in calling for the deprivation of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s jazz status, citing his role in the Iraq War.

One online petition As of Wednesday morning, the organization has attracted more than 700,000 signatures in response to Blair’s knight partner who was awarded the Most Noble Order of the Garter in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honor List. It was only four days old.

The petition called Blair “the least worthy of any public honor” and called for his “war crimes” to be held accountable.

“Tony Blair has caused irreparable damage to the British Constitution and the structure of national society. He is personally responsible for the deaths of countless innocent civilians and soldiers in various conflicts,” it added.

The former Labour Party leader served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007. Invaded Iraq in 2003.

The invasion resulted in the dismissal and subsequent execution of former President Saddam Hussein. It triggered years of conflict and as the country fell into chaos, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed.

To justify this invasion, Blair and then US President George Bush regarded Hussein as a global threat to possess weapons of mass destruction, because Washington was particularly concerned about eliminating the so-called threat after the September 11, 2001 attacks. .

But such a weapon has never been discovered.

“Burning after reading” Iraq War memorandum allegations

Later on Tuesday, as the movement to remove Sir Blair’s status became faster and faster, the British news site MailOnline again published the allegations against Blair.

According to the website, one of his former aides ordered the then Secretary of Defense Geoff Hoon to “burn” a memo written by then Attorney General Peter Goldsmith in 2003 that said the invasion of Iraq could be illegal.

At that time, the United States and Britain failed to obtain a specific UN resolution to provide international support for their invasion.

Hoon said that Blair’s then chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, “unambiguously” told his secretary that the note would be destroyed after reading. The Daily Mail quoted a paragraph from Hoon’s recently published memoir, see How they run.

However, this order was disobeyed and the memorandum was locked in a safe in the British Ministry of Defence.

Blair and Powell had previously refuted these allegations—the accusations first appeared in 2015—are wrong.

When the MailOnline report was released, a poll published by YouGov, a British polling company, showed that 63% of Britons be opposed to Blair was knighted.

The survey was based on the responses of 2,441 Britons and showed that the majority of Labour Party voters also opposed the move.

Despite increasing public pressure to revoke the title of Sir Blair, several leading politicians have publicly expressed support for him to be honored by Queen Elizabeth II.

The current Labour Party leader Keir Starmer (Keir Starmer) and the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle (Lindsay Hoyle), who have been knighted by the monarch, gave separate speeches on Tuesday, defending the former prime minister is worthy of a medal People.