"Blair’s smarmy Christian crusaderism and hatred of Islam drove him to justify the wicked means by what he saw as noble ends."
This factor should never be under-rated. For while certainly the U.S military industrial complex's need for enemies (in order to "move weapons inventory" in order to justify gargantuan payments into the next set of same) played into the calculus, as did the vampire-like bloodlust of the oil men, the religious component is all too real. Of course, the P.N.A.C. and its members' strategic interests, added to those of Israel and Saudi Arabia, added to bankers licking their chops over blood profits also figured into this diabolical debacle.
Bush's use of the term Crusades was done on purpose. And all of the following salute that premise:
General Boykin sounding like a petulant 12 year old insisted publicly that "he knew his god was bigger than their (Islam) god."
The love child of the Deep State, Erik Prince, an avowed Christian, took pride, pleasure, and profit from extrajudicial killing of countless "enemy Islamists."
Hundreds of U.S. Fundamentalist Christian churches went to work insisting that this war was a holy war.
And in my view, the most ungodly act of all (as documented by a number of journalists) was the use of Christian chaplains with the U.S. Air Force to counsel young drone pilots on the religious "righteousness" of dropping lethal ordnance on everyday citizens, the designated enemies of the New Crusades make-war state.
Since it is the conscience that stops persons from acts of violence... and most people respond to the conscience and through it, find their worst impulses curtailed; when religious authorities stand in to override that conscience by asserting a moral right TO kill, then religion becomes a tool of the anti-Christ. It serves evil. For what is more evil than what the Geneva Conventions properly cite as Crimes Against Humanity in the form of naked wars of aggression?
Blair (and Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld, Yoo, Gonzales, Tenet, et al) may not publicly admit to their dark deeds, but there is a higher system of universal Justice that indeed keeps a record. And all misdeeds will be paid back... in time.