The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
12 May 2004
Dear Mr Blair,
You have taken this country to a place where immediate and decisive action is now required on your part, or you risk going even further down a road from which there is no return.
There may have been a time that your influence with the abhorrent regime in Washington was greater through quiet diplomacy than direct confrontation, but that time is over. The circumstances of the coalition’s occupation of Iraq, being revealed through horrific images of civilian degradation, torture and murder, now demand that you stand up for what is right, and stand up for it loudly and clearly.
Blatant disregard of the Geneva Conventions may have only become official US policy at Guantanamo Bay, but the American right wing’s attitude towards prisoners has its roots in the systematic maltreatment of their own nationals in the notorious US prison system. We cannot let a regime that abuses its own people, let alone one which maintains the use of the electric chair, make the rules for international engagement.
The UK can no longer afford to be a pawn in the game of transnational subjugation to US corporate interests, in whose name the Bush government acts. Their “war on terror” is a fatal fallacy: world peace, freedom and prosperity will not be won with bombs, mercenaries and torture. America has the power to do immense good, and perhaps with a new and fairly elected government come November, the US might begin to follow your lead in putting the UN and the ICC to work in Iraq.
War crimes appear to have been committed, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. The peacekeeping mission in Iraq must be handed to the UN as soon as possible. Could you try to convince all of us that the UK, at least, has the world’s best interests at heart, and stop working for Bush’s re-election campaign?
As a dual national, I have been a Democrat and a Labour supporter and activist for as long as I’ve had a vote. I will not vote Labour again under your increasingly doubtful leadership, unless you begin once more to show the promise you had for me, back when things could only get better.