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September 4, 2012 2:46 pm

Desmond Tutu and Tony Blair

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of a speaking engagement in Johannesburg because he refuses to speak alongside Tony Blair. Explaining his decision, Tutu says Blair and George W Bush should face trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war.

Blair can consider Tutu’s snub a badge of honour. After all, Tutu has some very colourful views about international affairs. He has made sinister and inaccurate insinuations about a “Jewish lobby” in America. He has frequently compared Israel to apartheid South Africa, and argued that Zionism has “very many parallels with racism”.

Tutu has also urged the Jewish people to “pray for” the Nazis, and is a subscriber to the obscene ‘they of all people’ argument.

So I doubt Blair, who has brilliantly responded to Tutu’s outburst, will lose much sleep over this. Indeed, one wonders what is really going on here. Tutu agreed to speak with Blair, accepted the fee, and signed-off promotional posters featuring him with the former PM.

At what stage did he decide that actually, no, he absolutely couldn’t bring himself to speak alongside him?

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  • David Sinclair

    Tutu still talks about the “Jenin massacre” myth as if it really happened. This shows just how this clown thinks.

  • I do not know who of the twin archbishops, Desmond Tutu and Rowan Williams are either the most foolish or naive. Perhaps they are just. Williams has said a lot of nonsense about the “harmless” sharia-law Islamists tries to smooth out in Great Britain – and now Tutu makes a fool of himself. Besides the afore mentioned calamities, Tutu has delivered, he has also met with notorious third world evildoers, which make the South African archbishop look out of step with to-days realities.

    • Kiel,Tutu is not foolish or naive. He is just evil.

  • With reference to your last sentence in the above article; at the point that the check he received for the speaking engagement cleared his bank…. is when he decided not to speak alongside Tony Blair……for Blair it is indeed a badge of honor.

  • Karsten Bannier

    The dear archbishop,I’m afraid to say,is slowly but surely losing his marbles.From being a respected leader in our “new” democracy,he has turned into a very “little” man,still looking for his rightful place in the world. I would guess that he changed his mind about speaking alongside Blair just after he saw his payment cleared in his account !!!

    • I would demand the m,oney bank or charge the man with larceny.

  • Ivor Furman

    I have been told by a few who attended the Leadership Discussion that it was a resounding success, it was a much better event without Tutu. Tony Blair spoke very well, my only upset was why the Jewish organisers invited the anti semite Tutu in the first place….he being the man of peace who with his family arranged to sell South Afica’s nuclear weapon programme to China

  • Greg – London

    I still wonder if it was a spelling mistake that took us to war with Iraq and not Iran. I’d much rather Saddam than Iranian nukes.

  • Gershon George Wynschenk

    tutu is not the right person to decide what is a war crime.