Monday, January 08, 2007

Tony Blair Brought To Justice In UK

Not literally, but on stage. The Tricycle Theatre Company -- which has flourished with fact-based dramas that draw on the public record, like "Guantanamo: Honor Bound To Defend Freedom" -- is now focusing on Prime Minister Tony Blair. Their new play -- not even written yet, but scheduled to run April 19 to May 19 -- is “Called to Account: The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair for the Crime of Aggression Against Iraq — A Hearing.” It's not a trial, but an "arraignment" of sorts that will look at the record to see if there's enough evidence to indict Blair. Per the NYTimes:
Over the next month, behind closed doors, two leading British barristers — Philippe Sands for the prosecution and Julian Knowles for the defense — will cross-examine about 20 international experts who are well placed to argue the pros and cons of the case against the British prime minister.
Ironically, those proceedings are taking place at the law firm where Blair's wife Cherie works. Awkward! Those transcripts will then be turned into a two-hour work, focusing on
"three areas: the legality of the Iraqi invasion in the eyes of the United Nations; evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction; and the advice given to Mr. Blair by his attorney general that an invasion would be legal."
Do I even need to bother to ask the obvious? Who in the US is working on an American version that would seriously examine the question whether Bush should be impeached? Anyone?

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