British MPs have grilled former Prime Minister Tony Blair about his links to former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Blair has appear before the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee (FASC) on Friday to respond to questions about security collaborations with Gaddafi, including the alleged rendition of anti-government figures to Libya’s secret police.
The FASC committee is investigating Britain’s intervention in the Libyan civil war with a view to exploring future policy options.
FASC Chairman Crispin Blunt said the current Libya policy was inherited from Blair.
“He was the one who reset Libya; it was his signal achievement, he has claimed, to disarm Colonel Gaddafi of his weapons, his WMDs,” he added.
Blunt said Gaddafi was able to “buy himself out of the sanctions regime,” which had constrained him, and continue as “a supporter of terrorists.”
Blair told the MPs that the violent overthrow of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi was probably inevitable.
Blair’s relationship with the late Libyan dictator was highlighted in a recent biography of David Cameron, in which author Anthony Seldon asserts Blair telephoned Cameron during the Libyan war to explain he had been contacted by “a key individual close to Gaddafi.”
Observers believe there is no significant difference between Blair's Libya policy and that of Cameron.
"Blair and Cameron are two nobodies who never held a ministerial position yet the first job they had was as Prime Minister of the UK. To understand how something like this can happen - effectively two men void of anything noteworthy on their CV's to suddenly become the top dog of a major Western country, one has to examine how things really work in the UK," A London-based political commentator Michael Adydinian told Press TV's UK Desk.
He went on saying that unlike what many people think, Blair and Cameron don't decide policy saying: "I wholeheartedly believe most of our senior politicians answer to a hidden, higher tier of command. Now for many this is nothing new - most people accept politicians hold their hand out to the highest bidder."
" />The analyst also stressed that Blair should stand trial for his crimes." What one must bear in mind is should Blair go on trial it would set an ugly precedent. I believe for this reason he will not stand trial because I cannot see how such an event wouldn't open up a massive can of worms. Not that it would necessarily show how Zionist bankers control our politicians but it would certainly raise very serious questions regarding the entire Western foreign policy and I somehow feel this will not happen until Israel gets what it wants which ultimately is the realization of Oded Yinon's plan to create Greater Israel. This means Assad must fall - a puppet leader subservient to Israel has to be installed in Syria. This in turn would give Israel and it's Western allies control of Syrian air-space, thus opening the way for an attack on Iran," he noted.