Chilcot inquiry: is Blair on the same planet as rest of us?’

PUBLISHED: 11:13 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

DEMAND: Tahrir Swift wants Blair on trial.

DEMAND: Tahrir Swift wants Blair on trial.

ANTI-WAR campaigners have called for Tony Blair to face tougher questioning claiming that his performance giving evidence at the

ANTI-WAR campaigners have called for Tony Blair to face tougher questioning claiming that his 'performance' giving evidence at the Chilcot inquiry was "just another lie".

Bromley protesters congregated at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Westminster last Friday as the former Prime Minister arrived at 7.30am to give evidence as to why he took the country to war with Iraq.

In six hours of evidence, Mr Blair defended his decision to enter the 2003 invasion but it is believed he may be recalled for both public and private questioning surrounding classified information and his response to intelligence briefings.

Iraqi-born Tahrir Swift, from Orpington, who joined the "lively and vocal" protest, welcomed claims that Blair could be recalled.

She said: "Faith in politicians is at an all time low and if they don't do a good job in the inquiry, we will have a political crisis.

"The directors of this inquiry were hand picked by Gordon Brown who was after all part of the pliant Blair cabinet. This does not inspire me with confidence. It is like a gentleman's club.

"I want Blair to go on trial. At the inquiry he showed no remorse and was even selling us another war in Iran.

"He is a lawyer, a very good talker, and needs someone more independent to question him thoroughly."

Arriving at the protest, Ms Swift said Mr Blair was ushered into the conference centre and protestors were kept at a distance by police.

She added: "It felt good to be outside the QEII conference Centre, even though the police tried to keep us out of sight and earshot so as not to inflict any guilt on the conscience of Tony Blair.

"Frankly, after watching his performance inside on TV, I am justified in wondering if he lives on the same planet as the rest of humanity.

"According to Oxfam, 92 per cent of Iraqi children are suffering from learning problems due to trauma, yet Mr Blair, has no regrets. Not even a tinge of guilt. I watched his performance on TV, repeating the same old tired and defunct excuses. He was getting an easy ride and was allowed to put on a performance."

Joining Ms Swift was Sabri Afendi, 57, of Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, who had lived in Baghdad until nine months ago.

The father-of-six said: "This inquiry was another lie. Blair gave a lie to the British people before Iraq and he has done it again. I don't think he will ever pay for what he has done.

"He said that he is not sorry about the war and that is very, very upsetting. I think someone in this country has to apologise for the war."

Mr Afendi, a former specialist dentist, said: "If I could ask him anything, I would ask him why he lied to the British people, who voted for you and let you be their voice and why did you believe everything Bush said? America had an agenda to be in Iraq. Why did you choose to serve the US?

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