things you thought I'd never say, hein? Well, I haven't said it, but it appears that most of the UK chattering classes and so-called liberal media, and especially the BBC, are saying precisely that. For those, like most of the media who promote this view of the former prime minister, who profess themselves very keen on international law and its observance, here is an international legal definition of a war crime which has served its purpose well for 60 years now. John Rentoul says, or suggests, that the BBC has breached its impartiality charter in allowing, on its Big Question programme, the notion that a reasonable person might take the view that Tony Blair is a war criminal, rather than simply allowing discussion of the rightness or otherwise of the Iraq war. I am not so sure. It seems to me that the BBC could suggest on any of its programmes that, say, there was no massacre in Rwanda, or that Hitler did not die in the bunker in Berlin, or for that matter that Elvis Presley is alive and working in a chip shop in Walthamstow, and could invite guests to promote those positions, all of which are manifestly ill-founded, without breaching its charter. It is when the BBC itself takes, or appears to take, the view that such a scenario may be factually possible that the ice on which it treads becomes thinner. It is perfectly OK for it to invite guests on to its programmes who say that Tony Blair is a war criminal, even though he quite obviously is not. And (sigh) there could never have been any UK military involvement in Iraq without a vote in Parliament (still the only time Parliament has ever voted to approve military action, or been asked to), so if supporting action in Iraq is a war crime then those of us who voted for it in 2003 are all war criminals too. Arguably those MPs who voted against, or who abstained, could be war criminals too, because the decision based on the vote was a decision of "this House" and not of a bunch of individuals. But in any case the whole proposition is nonsense. Read the Nurnberg text I link to above and see why.
I will, exceptionally, allow all on-topic comments on this post. Even if they incite racial hatred, so make the most of it.
Take me to The Hague in chains.