Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M.: The evangelical voters who credit George W. Bush's re-election to the direct intervention of the Almighty should ponder the following item at some length:
Prime Minister Tony Blair's election campaign plane has been struck by lightning during a flight.Strictly a fluke, we're sure; nothing at all to do with . . . this:
BBC Radio Five Live presenter Peter Allen, who was on board, said it was hit as it approached London. The plane was not damaged and landed safely.
Eight days before Britain's national election, Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the potentially damaging disclosure on Wednesday of a document in which the government's lawyer cautioned him privately about the legality of taking Britain to war in Iraq in 2003 without specific new authorization from the United Nations.But then how to explain this macabre coincidence?
The document appeared to contradict Mr. Blair's assertion, supported in public by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, that the war's legality was clearly established by previous United Nations resolutions - a conclusion made public before Parliament voted to send troops to Iraq in March 2003. The document was a private legal opinion Lord Goldsmith gave Mr. Blair earlier that month. Details of it were broadcast Wednesday night by BBC and Channel 4, an independent television channel.
Mr Blair's plane has been hit by lightning before, during a trip to Washington.