29 May 2012 - England’s Iraq inquiry closes its eyes to Blair’s war crimes and financial gain from waging war in Iraq, an anti-war activist tells Press TV.
Press TV has conducted an interview with documentary film maker, David Lawley Wakelin with Alternative Iraq Inquiry who has made films criticizing the Iraq war, to further shed light on the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Wakelin, welcome. You interrupted the Leveson inquiry as Tony Blair was testifying and you called Blair a war criminal, first of all why don’t you elaborate for us why you think he is a war criminal?
Wakelin: Well, I think it’s become very clear to all of us, many people in this country that Blair in fact made money from invading Iraq, from oil companies and from [US investment bank] JP Morgan.
If you look on Google JP Morgan and the Iraq bank 3 months after we invaded or England invaded Iraq, JP Morgan and a lot of other American banks supported the Iraqi bank for about 20 billion dollars to just uphold the country until the war would be over and then they could pay them back by mortgaging the oil.
Then just six months after he left office Blair was started to be paid six million dollars a year and this is through a BBC website, it’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact that he was paid six million dollars a year and still is probably by JP Morgan for advice. So it smacks of corruption, the fact that I think he thought and Bush thought that they would get away with that war.
In the same year that we invaded Bush was on that USS enterprise saying that it was “mission accomplished” and I didn’t think that by the time Blair left office some 6 years later that he would be- the bombs would still be going off, massive civil war would be there and, you know, half a million people or more would have lost their lives whilst he was still being paid by oil companies from Iraq and of course the Kuwaiti royal family gave him a massive gift of millions as well as a few other oil companies ever since and there is a lot of people in this country who understand now that he did it for his own ends. read more>>>