‘An Isolated Regime’

‘An Isolated Regime’ by Tariq Ali for Counterpunch, July 19, 2005

On 8 July I wrote that the London bombings were the result of Blair’s participation in the Iraq war. The next day the entire media was united in refusing to accept there was any link. They loyally echoed the Government. Blair said there was no link and tried to prove it by arguing that ‘President Putin opposed the war in Iraq but his country has been subjected to terrorism’. He must have thought that British citizens had never heard of Chechnya (Blair had supported Putin’s offensive against the Chechens and applauded Russia).

But why did these attacks happen? That is the key question which the entire media and the entire political class in this country tried to ignore. They did so because the government and the main opposition party know perfectly well why it happened. They have a guilty conscience. To accept the link meant that the pro-war politicians and newspaper editors were, at the very least, partially responsible.

As I traveled in different parts of London and elsewhere in Britain, I was amazed by the number of people who told me, without hesitation, that we were paying the price for the war in Iraq. A few went further and argued that British politicians thought they could press buttons and make war in the Arab world and remain safe themselves. Now they had a reply. read more