The top British law official has now declared openly that a war of aggression war may be illegal under international law — but not under English law! That claim was made by Attorney General Jeremy Wright, as reported in the April 17 Guardian, in an effort to protect former Prime Minister Tony Blair from prosecution for war crimes related to the 2003 Iraq war.
This statement is all the more ominous given the fact that the UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon statedoutright on BBC on April 4 that Great Britain “cannot rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike”. Prime Minister Theresa May supported his outrageous utterings.
Following the damning findings of the July 2016 Chilcot Commission, which made it clear that the Iraq war was illegal, a lawsuit was filed seeking the conviction of Blair for the crimes of knowingly lying about Saddam Hussein’s supposed weapons of mass destruction and launching a war of aggression. The case had been dismissed last November after a judge ruled that the former PM was immune from prosecution in order to protect “state secrets”. But that ruling is being appealed.
According to documents seen by the Guardian, Attorney General Jeremy Wright wants to join future hearings and argue not only that Blair must be given immunity, but that war of aggression does not constitute a crime under English law.
However, the Attorney General at the time, Lord Goldsmith, wrote in a 2003 memo on the legality of the Iraq War, that “Aggression is a crime under customary international law which automatically forms part of domestic law.” Former Foreign Minister Jack Straw and Goldsmith himself are charged in the same suit with Blair.
The lawyer for the plaintiffs Imran Khan pointed out that the Chilcot report made it “very clear that the war was illegal”, so why try and “prevent those responsible from entering a court, let alone being prosecuted for what they did.”