UK queen petitioned to remove ex-PM Tony Blair knighthood

UK queen petitioned to remove ex-PM Tony Blair knighthood

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

More than half a million people have signed a petition for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to be stripped of knighthood, an appointment personally made by the country’s Monarch just last week. The petitioners say the former premier should be tried and jailed for his role in the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Britain’s highest rank for chivalry awarded by Queen Elizabeth to Tony Blair, a man described by campaigners as one of the most repugnant political figures in the world – in power from 1997 to 2007.

The backlash to the announcement has been immense and is only growing. Furious Iraq veterans are now calling for the honors system to be overhauled. More than 500,000 people have signed a petition on American petition website “change.org” calling on the Queen to strip the man they call a war criminal of his new title.

It’s a designation routinely awarded to former Prime…

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