Tutu Boycotts Seminar in Protest over Blair Presence

Nobel peace prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined the ranks of those protesting against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair this week as he withdrew from the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit being held in South Africa which Blair would be attending.

Many people around the world have voiced their distaste for Blair and his support of the “war on terror” launched by US President George W. Bush which led to sending British troops to Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.

Tutu spokesperson Roger Friedman said, “The archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair’s decision to support the United States’ military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.”

“Morality and leadership are indivisible. In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the archbishop to share a platform with Mr Blair,” Friedman added.

Blair’s London office has expressed their remorse that Tutu had decided to pull out of the seminar.

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