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Brierly on Blair

October 12, 2009

Peter Brierley, whose 28-year-old son Shaun died in March 2003, refused to shake Blair’s hand when he offered it, telling the ex premier: “I’m not shaking your hand, you’ve got blood on it.”

Blair was ushered away, but afterwards Brierley said: “I understand soldiers go to war and die but they have to go to war for a good reason and be properly equipped to fight.”

“I believe Tony Blair is a war criminal. I can’t bear to be in the same room as him. I can’t believe he’s been allowed to come to this reception,” he added after the reception at the Guildhall in central London.”

“I believe he’s got the blood of my son and all of the other men and women who died out there on his hands. It comes back to me every day, every time I see a coffin come off a plane.”

More here, including Rowan Williams’ criticisms.

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