Outrage as Iraq War PM Blair gets knighthood from the Queen — Analysis

Brits protested against the knighting of Tony Blair and accused him of war crimes.

Tony Blair, the controversial ex-Prime Minister of UK, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. Brits were furious at his role in the Iraq War and demanded he be imprisoned.

Blair, along with Covid-19 response officers Chris Whitty & Jonathan Van-Tam was knighted on the 2022 New Year Honours List. Blair received the Most Noble Order of the Garter – one of the most prestigious royal honours and the highest order of knighthood – and will now be able to use the title ‘Sir’.

In statementIt was, according to the ex-prime minister. “an immense honour”To be knighted.

“I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen. It was a great privilege to serve as Prime Minister and I would like to thank all those who served alongside me in politics, public service and all parts of our society, for their dedication and commitment to our country,” he declared.

According to its own declaration, the Royal Family saidIt was “graciously pleased”Blair to be knight

However, the news was not welcomed by many Brits. Blair remains controversial in Britain due to his participation in US-UK invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.

“Tony Blair knighted for services to imperialism. The man must be brought to The Hague. What a shameful day,” tweetedPolitical commentator Liam Young and Femi Oluwole, writer and activist questioned, “If I help create the next ISIS by destabilising an entire region under false pretences, can I get a knighthood too?”

Tonia Buxton, GB News Presenter saidShe was “sickened”By the knighting of Blair. “caused the deaths of so many,” while John Smith – the son of famous World War II veteran and writer Harry Leslie Smith – arguedBlair is knighted “the Queen [is] saying it’s okay to kill brown people in their hundreds of thousands.”

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