Follow RT onThe ‘War on Terror' seems to have morphed into a ‘War on Covid'. And guess what? Serial warmonger Tony Blair is a key figure in both, seeking to curtail our civil liberties with the excuse that it's all for the "greater good."
The date: Monday November 6, 2006. The place: Downing Street news conference. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair dismisses the civil rights argument against ID cards, which his government is keen to introduce. He says it is an issue of "modernity" and "modern life."
"We are building a new part of our infrastructure here. And like other such projects the gains to citizens will be much larger and more extensive than anyone could say at the time."
Fast forward fourteen years, and the same Tony Blair is saying much the same thing about Covid vaccine passports. There's been no more zealous British advocate of vaccine passports than the man the anti-lockdown journalist Peter Hitchens calls ‘The Blair Creature'.
"Prepare for a health passport now," he said in December. "I know all the objections, but it will happen. It's the only way the world will function and for lockdowns to no longer be the sole course of action."
Last week it was reported that ´The Blair Creature' had been lobbying hard for vaccine passports to be included in Boris Johnson's so-called ‘road map' out of lockdown. And they were. The government has announced a review. Michael Gove, a man who once wrote a piece entitled ‘I can't fight my feelings any more; I love Tony (Blair)', is heading it.
Tony must be delighted.
Back in 2006, ID cards were promoted as a way of tackling the ‘terrorism' threat and keeping us all ‘safe'. Vaccine passports are presented today in the same reassuring manner. The War on Terror and the War on Covid have so much in common. They both have five level ‘alert' systems. ´The Blair Creature' is the key linking figure.
Both wars (Terror and Covid), have been used as smokescreens to pursue elite, globalist and extremely illiberal agendas. Under the guise of ‘fighting terrorism‘, the US, UK and their allies embarked on a series of regime change wars.
First up was Afghanistan, on the grounds that the Taliban-ruled country had been sheltering Bin Laden. But while you could make a case for linking this to a 'war on terror' there could be no such excuses for the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Ba'athist Iraq - whose long serving Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz was a practising Christian - was actually a bulwark against extremist groups like Al-Qaeda. The assault on Iraq proved to us that the ‘war on terror' was a sham. Far from making us safer, the invasion actually greatly boosted global terrorism by spawning ISIS.
In short ‘the war on terror' made the global terrorism situation much worse, and that's before we get on to the reduction in civil liberties at home. Air travel has never been the same. Restrictions that were imposed - such as prohibitions on bringing liquids on board flights - and which were billed as 'temporary measures' are still with us. ‘Anti-terrorism' legislation has been regularly strengthened while at the same time there's been covert British action in Libya and Syria on the side of the terrorists, which has led to domestic blowback.
We know for instance that the Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi, responsible for the horrific attack in 2017 which killed 22 people, more than half of them children, and his father Ramadan, had links with the anti-Gaddafy Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, allegedly used by the UK authorities as part of their regime change operation. As I noted in a previous op-ed, Abedi Jnr was even rescued from Libya by the Royal Navy.
The ‘War on Terror' was based on a fundamental deceit. It was a deep state/neocon con trick. Not only was it a war that could never be won, it was never meant to be won. It was meant to be permanent. But in 2020 it was superseded by a new war - the ‘War on Covid'.
Again, we see much the same Manichean rhetoric. George W. Bush famously stated "You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror." And so it is today, with ‘virus control' and not ‘terrorism control' the focus.
If you oppose oppressive lockdowns, restrictions on free movement, and the introduction of vaccine passports, then you are on the side of the virus. You want to ‘let it rip'. You have ‘blood on your hands' just like the millions who marched against the Iraq War. Support a more nuanced, proportionate approach with people allowed to make their own risk assessments? No, that's not allowed. You're either with the ‘War on Covid' or against it.
The ‘War on Covid' gives the Western elites the opportunity to strip away our freedoms and complete the building of the digital ‘infrastructure' that began under the ‘War on Terror' and which Blair referred to in 2006.
‘Health passports' are a key part of that infrastructure, as I noted last summer. The WEF's ‘Great Reset' is heavily dependent on their introduction.
Of course, it won't just be your ‘Covid' status that'll be on them; they will be extended into full, digitalised bio-ID cards. Vaccine passports are the gateway to a Chinese-style social credit restricted access control system being rolled out in the West.
Blair, the great authoritarian, hopes to get in 2021 or 2022 what he couldn't get fifteen years ago. "I think you're going to the stage where it's going to be very hard for people to do a lot of normal life unless they can prove their vaccination status... Vaccination in the end is going to be your route to liberty," he said in a recent interview. And of course he is working hard to make sure we do get to that stage.
Will he succeed? His plan for ID cards fifteen years ago failed because of the strength of opposition. When Labour lost power in 2010, the scheme was ditched. But the Tony Blair Institute (which has received considerable funding for its work from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) boasted on Twitter last May that its ‘teams' were "embedded in governments around the world, helping them to keep their people safe".
Our teams are now embedded in governments around the world, helping them to keep their people safe during this pandemic - not just in respect of Covid-19 itself but also the political and economic collateral damage. Watch Tony Blair's update on our response to #COVID19 👇 pic.twitter.com/7G8Id9MTP1
We know that Blair has been ‘advising' Health Secretary Matt Hancock and that the secret talks reportedly covered vaccines and mass testing. What is scary today is that the parliamentary opposition - now led by the uber-Blairite Sir Keir Starmer - seems to be even more pro-health passports than the government.
But we shouldn't give up hope just yet. A petition against Covid-19 vaccine passports has raised almost 200,000 signatures. The campaign against health passports needs the support of the anti-war, anti-imperialist left and hopefully the fact that it's Tony Blair who is pushing them will cause people to wake up and see the bigger picture. War on Terror, War on Covid. ‘Only connect!', as the great novelist E.M. Forster might say.
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