In sickeningly jaunty language, a senior figure in MI6 oils up to the head of Colonel Gaddafi’s brutal intelligence services after handing over a rebel leader for what must have been certain torture.
‘I congratulate you on the safe arrival of Abu Abd Allah Sadiq,’ writes ‘Mark in London’ to Musa Kusa. ‘This is the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over recent years.’
With those chilling words, written in 2004, the official blows apart, once and for all, Tony Blair’s last threadbare claim that he ran an ‘ethical foreign policy’.
In public, the former prime minister may have played the part of a pious champion of universal human rights. But as the explosive documents unearthed in Tripoli show, in secret he was pursuing policies so morally tainted that they will bring lasting shame on Britain’s reputation abroad.
True, some of the papers merely confirm what the world has long known about Mr Blair’s efforts to please Colonel Gaddafi in return for Libyan oil contracts (although his obsequiousness to the dictator’s family will still raise many eyebrows).
Indeed, few will be surprised by the new evidence that the early release of the Lockerbie bomber had more to do with low politics than Scottish humanitarianism.
Truly shocking, however, are the revelations about how far Mr Blair was prepared to go to help Libya’s police state crush opposition, while keeping his activities secret from the Americans...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Some Guys Will Do Anything to Keep in an Oily Tyrant's Good Books
Guys like that sanctimonious twerp Tony Blair, for example: