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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:01 PM
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UK ex-minister urged Aljazeera bombing
David Blunkett, the UK's former home secretary, has said that during the 2003 invasion of Iraq he suggested to Tony Blair that Britain's military should bomb Aljazeera's television transmitter in Baghdad.

Aljazeera television said on Thursday that Blunkett's claims - made in an interview with Britain's Channel 4 television to be aired on Monday - support its belief that the US and Britain deliberately bombed its Baghdad offices during the war.

Ahmed Al-Sheikh, editor-in-chief of Aljazeera's Arabic channel, said; "This adds to the growing number of evidences that will one day prove that the attack on Aljazeera was premeditated ... at the highest levels."

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"We talk about terrorism, this is pure terrorism."

Al Jazeera
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:03 PM
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1. I hate beating up on a blind man
But what a fucking psycho
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:05 PM
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2. Wouldn't this constitute complicity in a war crime?
It's fucking outrageous that this suggestion was made by any British ministr, but by a LABOUR minister ... strewth.
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evermind Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:05 PM
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7. Even more bizarre that he should apparently fess up to it
voluntarily! Isn't this the sort of thing that an ex-minister would normally only admit to under strenuous questioning by a well informed parliamentary committee after transcripts of secretly made recordings have appeared in the press and everyone knows it is the case anyway?

What with this and the head of the armed forces overtly attempting to undermine a sitting prime minister, it's a strange news day for us Brits!

About it being a labour minister, though, only someone who's been semicomatose through the last 13 years' de-Labouring of New Labour would find it surprising, I think.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:11 PM
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3. I never doubted it for a second.
We were all turning to al Jazeera for uncanned news........of course they wanted to destroy it.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:12 PM
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4. Blunkett is to the right of Genghis Khan
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 01:13 PM by LeftishBrit
He would make the more moderate members of our Tory party look like flaming communists.

He is also an authoritarian control freak. I am glad he's out of office; but he's done plenty of harm already.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:47 PM
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5. Send them to The Hague



The Palace of Peace
The Hague
Home of the International Criminal Court

Photo from the Dossier Nederland (The Netherlands)

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carzen Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:35 PM
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6. score one for freedom of the press
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:15 PM
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8. David, David
Sounds like you betrayed everything you ever once stood for
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