Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bliars and fools

With a little editing, Blair's hypocritical rant against Iran becomes sharp political analysis:

"Tony Blair today made his strongest attack yet on the American government, declaring that President Bush's government was a "major strategic threat" to the Middle East.

Despite calls from the James Baker-led Iraq Study Group for direct talks with Washington and Damascus, Mr Blair said there was "little point" in including the United States and Syria in regional issues "unless they are prepared to be constructive".

Ahead of his own trip to the Middle East before Christmas, Mr Blair repeated that as his premiership drew to a close he still regarded it as the most important issue facing the world.

Speaking at his final monthly press conference of 2006, the PM said Mr Bush's government was "deliberately causing maximum problems for moderate governments and for ourselves in the region - in Palestine, in Lebanon and in Iraq".

"There is no point in hiding the fact that the United States poses a major strategic threat to the cohesion of the entire region," Mr Blair told reporters."

I do think that when we are considering who is a "strategic threat" to the region, we should note who has invaded nations in the region and destabilised them. So far, the score is the US 1, Iran 0.

Blair goes on to say:

"Asked about apparent UK opposition to the US policy of early de-Ba'athification of Iraq after the invasion, Mr Blair said the problems in Iraq were deliberately being caused by people opposed to the democratic process, and any decision on de-Ba'athification would not have changed that."

Blair is either lying or deluded. He must be fed intelligence that is better than newspaper reports but if he were simply to read the reports of people who have spent time in Iraq, he'd know that the "problems in Iraq" are not being caused by the people he identifies, but by a broad spectrum of people with varying issues with how things are. Some of them, correctly, see democracy as just another tool in a power struggle between different interests.

Delusion and hypocrisy are nothing new to Mr Blair, of course. We insist that nonproliferation is important to us, and that it would be disastrous for Iran to acquire them, yet we support the nation in the Middle East that first built them, and not only do we have them, despite not having anyone to aim them at, but are about to spend a huge amount of money on buying more.


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