What is it with these past politicians rising up and dog-whistling to their fellow neocons in the current cabinet?
Tony Blair, the laughingly oxymoronically appointed “peace” enjoy to the Middle East has been off on a crusader tirade, defending the indefensible Iraq war by wanting more war in the Middle East. Even the child-snatching Borris Johnson called him mad and “unhinged”. However, this is merely but a reflection of his neocon tendencies which are coming to the fore: aggressive, belligerent foreign policy, destabilisation of resourceful countries, and elitist pockets lined at the expense of thousands of non-elitist, mainly Muslim lives.
Iraq was wholly an American neocon war. During the Iraq invasion, Blair was supporting neoconservatism and the aggressive foreign policy of the US. He was the lapdog of the US. During formative years of the US invasion of Iraq, US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, described as a “leading neoconservative”, pushed hard for a war in Iraq. Wolfowitz is the student of Leo Strauss, who is regarded as the father of neoconservatism and is referenced throughout Douglas Murray’s book, Neoconservatism: Why we need it. Wolfowitz was instrumental in defining Bush’s war tactics and had pushed for, for example, the doctrine of pre-emption during the Gulf war, which were sternly rejected then.
Those tactics, based on neocon signatures of lies and deceit resulted in a body count exceeding half a million in Iraq.
Whilst the gong of war is being played again, domestically, the neocon threat remains like a tumour: growing like a cancer and slowly killing Britain and her values.
Over the past couple of years, the UK public has been exposed to revelations of mass surveillance, webcam hacking and liberty-eroding laws such as the anti-terror legislation and policies like Prevent and the Channel Programme which have created a public surveillance state. With the focus of these being the Muslim minority, not much has been said to challenge these violations of “inalienable” rights. However, as the broader populace, outside the Muslim minority, begins to feel the breadth and reach of these draconian measures, there has been a measured voicing of these concerns. The application of the anti-terror legislation as a means of suppressing government scrutiny is a case in point.