On December 13, a British judge withdrew an arrest warrant for war crimes issued against the former Israeli foreign minister and current leader of the opposition, Tzipi Livni. A lawyer representing 16 Palestinian plaintiffs sought her prosecution as a member of the war cabinet during Operation Cast Lead, the offensive against Gaza between December 27, 2008, and January 18 this year.
On the same day that the warrant against Livni was cancelled, the BBC broadcast a television interview with former Prime Minister Tony Blair. In it, Blair was asked if he would still have supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003 if he had known that the Iraqi regime did not possess “weapons of mass destruction,” as his government claimed at the time.
Blair at first skirted the question, but then said it would have made no difference. The issue of WMD was only one of his concerns, he stated. “It was the notion of him [Saddam Hussein] as a threat to the region, the fact of how that region was going to change whilst he was there” that had motivated his actions, Blair said. Full story...