More than 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to have his knighthood removed days after Queen Elizabeth awarded him with the title despite his infamous involvement in war crimes during the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Blair, a former Labor leader who was in power from 1997 to 2007, was awarded with the title of Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by the queen in her New Year’s Honors list. It is Britain’s highest honor and is awarded for outstanding public service and achievement.
Blair is one of three new appointments announced by the Buckingham Palace on Friday. The royal appointment has regularly been bestowed upon past British prime ministers.
But the petition posted on the change.org website complains that Blair was the most controversial name in the queen’s list because his role in the Iraq war makes him “personally responsible” for…