Tony Blair: "Gandhi doctrine of non-violence is passé"



On October 7th, Tony Blair said that Mahatma Gandhi's doctrine of non-violence is not universal in modern times. Speaking in an interview to Times of India, Blair said: "Gandhi 's philosophy can not be applied universally in the modern times" and on the Syrian crisis he said that "intervention can be uncertain, expensive and bloody but history has taught us that inaction can merely postpone the reckoning". Gandhi 's doctrine cannot hold true in all situations. "Gandhi 's doctrine of non-violence can work in some situations but not all in present times", Blair explained.
 
This is hardly surprising. We know that according to the Blair doctrine (or rahter Bush-Blair doctrine) to defeat violence and lies you need lies and violence, and that is probably why there is nor room for Gandhi and his non-violent method inthe "Tony Blair Associates". It is unlikely that the contracts Mr Blair has stipulated with the heads of state of Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Laos and his involvement in the financial world, revolve around the promotion of civil disobedience, sit-ins, hunger strikes and so on.
 
Rather, surprising and worrying is not so much the content of that statement, as the timely manner in which it ahs been delivered. Right now Iraq is going through a wave of violence and death nearly equal to the bloody 2008's, when former President Bush was forced to order a "surge" in the military presence throughout the Country. According to the latest UN data, in September more than 1.000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives due to explosions and suicide attacks.
 
In 2009, Blair was one of the candidates to the post of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, a role which has been entrusted to Catherine Ashton. That isgood: Blair would have had to deal with the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2007 and the policy of the European Union, drafted by former MEP Marco Cappato and adopted in 2008 by the European Parliament, which at point number 9 considers nonviolence one of the main tools of the European Union.
 
9.  "Considers that nonviolence is the most appropriate means of ensuring that fundamental human rights are enjoyed, upheld, promoted and respected to the full; believes that its promotion should constitute a priority objective in EU human rights and democracy policy and intends to contribute to keeping up to date with and studying modern non-violent theory and practice, partly through a comparative analysis of the best practice used in the past; proposes, with a view to giving this idea a central political role, that a European Conference on Non-Violence be convened in 2009 and that 2010 be designated 'European Year of Non-Violence'; calls on the Member States to endeavour, under the auspices of the United Nations, to ensure that the 'Decade of Non-Violence 2010-2020' is proclaimed."

Matteo Angioli