Archbishop Tutu Says Won't Share Platform with 'Morally Indefensible' Tony Blair
August 30, 2012 • 9:52AM

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of an international leadership summit, because he doesn't want to share a platform with the "morally indefensible" Tony Blair. The London Independent reports that Tutu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaigning against apartheid, said that he had withdrawn from the event because he "is of the view that Mr.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."

In a statement, Archbishop Tutu's office added: "The Discovery Invest Summit has leadership as its theme. Morality and leadership are indivisible. In this context, it would be inappropriate for the Archbishop to share a platform with Mr. Blair."

The London Guardian also reports that Muslim groups in South Africa are calling for Blair to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives there. Mustafa Darsot, a member of the South African Muslim Network executive committee, told the Mail & Guardian newspaper that, "Mr. Blair is complicit in the murder of thousands of people in Iraq and should be tried for war crimes."