Middle East peace? They’re ALL on Blair’s page now, except the British press

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    16th February, 2010

    Blair: “And what I’m trying to do is to say let’s build a state from the bottom up.”

    “The thing that most worries a lot of the Arab countries in this neighbourhood is precisely a nuclear armed Iran and one of the reasons, and it’s important our people in America and Britain and elsewhere understand this … one of the reasons why it’s so important to stop Iran acquiring that ability is that it would dramatically and dangerously alter the power relationships within this region, and it’s not a risk that we should take or can responsibly take.”

    In TWO important aspects they are clearly ALL on Blair’s page now; the bottom-up building of a Palestinian state AND the danger from Iran.

    Following on from the first part of Tony Blair’s interview, here, by Mike Huckabee, below in video and transcript are some of Tony Blair’s further thoughts on the present Middle East situation.

    Tony Blair is interviewed by Mike Huckabee

    See more pictures at Mike Huckabee’s site

    BACKGROUND

    Two things stood out in the British reporting of Huckabee’s earlier interview of Blair

    One, Blair was asked in Huck Part 1 about his evidence at the Iraq Inquiry. His thoughts on Iran had already been cherry-picked  by his opponents and enemies in order to show his ‘warmongering instincts‘ or/and his distraction technique or displacement tactics as suggested here by a commenter at an “un”-biased BBC page of PM’s Eddie Mair page. Presumably he was doing this due to his own discomfort? Well, unlike another BBC drama-queen know-it-all, Nick Robinson, I did not get the impression that Blair was “terrified”. In fact I did not notice ANY real discomfort as I watched him in the afternoon session of the Inquiry.

    The other observation, and unique to Huckabee’s  interview was Tony Blair’s mention of scandal and conspiracy obsessives. I doubt if he would have mentioned this unless asked.  He didn’t actually blast the Inquiry per se, as some of the lying Blair-haters in Britain would have you believe. Quietly, in his own inimitable way, he suggested that in Britain and other countries too, some have an odd attachment to conspiracy theories. That’s all he said. And you would have to be stupid indeed not to have noticed this.

    The Iraq decision was a DECISION, NOT a conspiracy.

    The world’s leaders may soon have to take more important decisions. And to whom are they looking for thoughts, perhaps even policy on those? One guess. As my other half is wont to say, and not always in a flattering tone –  “that Blair man”.

    TONY BLAIR WAS RIGHT

    Iran IS a problem for the world community.

    Almost immediately Blair had spoken at the Iraq Inquiry and had the temerity to mention Iran, America and others rounded on Iran. Hillary Clinton had upped the anti. First by increasing Blair’s powers in the region, something barely noticed by our biased press. Then the US Secretary of State spoke of a change of tactics and the upping of sanctions against Iran now that the soft-glove, open-handed efforts of Obama had clearly failed. And yesterday Clinton referred to an Iranian “military dictatorship”, today hotly denied by Iran as it countered by saying that America is “the military dictatorship”. (See video of Clinton at end of post.)

    Excerpt from BBC report: “On Monday Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said imposing more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme would not be a quick enough solution. Prince Saud al-Faisal said the threat posed by Iran demanded a “more immediate solution” than sanctions.

    He spoke in Riyadh alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who earlier said Iran was “becoming a military dictatorship”.

    Speaking at a joint Riyadh news conference with Mrs Clinton, Prince Saud said: “Sanctions are a long-term solution. They may work, we can’t judge.

    “But we see the issue in the shorter term maybe because we are closer to the threat… So we need an immediate resolution rather than a gradual resolution.”

    While the Saudi minister did not detail his vision of a quick solution in public, it is likely that options were discussed behind closed doors in the meeting between Mrs Clinton and King Abdullah.”

    Is all this co-incidental to Blair’s mention of Iran and its clear and present danger?  His words were seen by many in the British press as no more than a diversionary tactic on his part. Now even Saudi Arabia has joined in raising its concerns on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Here is the Middle East section of part two of his interview with Mike Huckabee. Now, if the British press covers it at all, and they only do if they can find a word/phrase which serves their lambasting Blair purposes, I wonder what it might be?

    And answer came there none.

    Huckabee & Tony Blair on Middle East (5:31)

    Mike Huckabee talks to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, about Iran and the Middle East peace situation.

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    (Transcript follows, with my thanks to Margaret, a regular at this site.)


    Introduction, Mike Huckabee:

    This week Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced his country has produced higher levels of enriched uranium and is now a nuclear state. And though he has insisted that he has no intentions of building nuclear weapons, he did pound his chest by claiming that Iran will ‘not be bullied by US and Western sanctions’. During my trip to Israel last week I asked former British Prime Minister how to deal with Iran and its rogue leader.

    Tony Blair: The only thing that will work with Iran is absolute and total strength. If we make it clear to them and clear to them in terms that are absolutely unambiguous  and unequivocal that they will not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability and that we will do what it takes to stop them then I think we will stop them. The single biggest danger in this situation is that they misread our will. Now personally I believe the will is there to stop them. The thing that most worries a lot of the Arab countries in this neighbourhood is precisely a nuclear armed Iran and one of the reasons, and it’s important our people in America and Britain and elsewhere understand this … one of the reasons why it’s so important to stop Iran acquiring that ability is that it would dramatically and dangerously alter the power relationships within this region, and it’s not a risk that we should take or can responsibly take.

    Huckabee: Let’s talk about the role you’re now playing. You spend a good deal of your time in the Middle East as the Middle East Envoy from the Quartet to work with the very tense situation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Progress? Seeing any?

    Tony Blair: Yeah, there is progress, we can solve this provided we understand two very basic principles. One is that the Israelis  cannot have a Palestinian state in this small strip of land unless they are sure that it’s going to be securely and properly governed.  And the second thing, for the Palestinians, is that we cannot expect them to take the steps to get themselves sorted out unless they have the guarantee that if they do this they will have the dignity and justice of statehood. And it is possible to do it. Here in this room yesterday I met representatives of the tourist industry. Israeli and Palestinians sitting there together, getting on extremely well, talking about the enormous potential of the Holy Land and agreeing  out of that that what we do is mount a major promotion campaign for the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine together. And I went a couple of days ago, you’ll be fascinated by this, to a little place called Sebastia in the Palestinian territory. This is  a place where there is  Greek and Roman ruins actually going back to even before Greek and Roman times, and there is a church which is the Church of John the Baptist, actually now part of it is a mosque, part is still the old church and that’s where the remains of John the Baptist are said to be. So this is a fascinating, fabulous  place. You can see Herod’s Palace there and actually they will even point to the spot where they think John The Baptist was beheaded and all of this, massive history… nobody there. But think of people from our faith and how they would love to go to these places.

    Huckabee: Absolutely.

    Tony Blair: And what I’m trying to do is to say let’s build a state from the bottom up. Let’s build its economy let’s build its security, yes carry on with the political negotiation. But let’s realise the potential of this place as not a symbol of conflict between people of different faiths but people Jewish, Muslim, Christian living alongside each other in peace and harmony. It can be done, and in this room yesterday you would have seen Palestinians and Israelis talking together like friends.

    Huckabee: I’ve been coming here since 1973. It’s always been my observation that the Palestinian people… the people wanted peace but it seems the leadership (Blair indicates assent) has been the obstacle, particularly when that leadership is influenced by Hamas. What is the key to getting the leadership to reflect the will of many of those families who do not want to spend the rest of their lives dodging bullets and bombs?

    Tony Blair: Well, it’s a very good question. I mean I… I think that the present leadership Abu Mazen,  Salem Fayed the Prime Minister, I actually do think they want to respond to that desire on behalf of the Palestinians. But I think there is a bigger question going on all over the Middle East of which this issue is a part. And basically the Middle East can go in one of two directions. There is a whole generation that’s on the move now,  that are younger, modernising , they want to be part of the 21st century, they don’t actually believe the west is their enemy, they want to live together. There’s another part that  want to go back. They believe that Islam is victimised by the west, that you know in this distortion of the proper  doctrine of jihad they want to wage effectively a war not just against us incidentally but against the leadership that want to work with the West. It’s being played out all over this region and I think there are however leaders here in this region now who want to embrace the 21st century and that modern vision and we’ve got to support them and  help them .


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    16 Responses to “Middle East peace? They’re ALL on Blair’s page now, except the British press”

    1. Ross Kelly Says:

      What hypocrisy from the great supporter of demockery.
      Perhaps if Israel was to relinquish it’s nuclear weapons Iran would feel a tad more at ease with it’s neighbours and not feel the need to obtain a deterrent that just might prevent Israel and America from ever using such disgusting WMD against what is a sovereign nation that like any other nation should have the right to live as an equal amoung equals in this God given world.
      Blair’s statement that only absolute force or the threat of it will deter Iran just goes to prove the point.
      Why doesn’t he practice what he purports to preach and push for total nuclear disarmament of Britain and the USA. What do people like him think gives us the right to have them while demanding that others may not. They do nothing to prevent nations that they consider to be allies from obtaining them, they made sure Israel did. It’s all a bit one sided isn’t it.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Dear Mr Kelly… Elaine,

        You say:

        Blair’s statement that only absolute force or the threat of it will deter Iran just goes to prove the point.

        He doesn’t quite say that. What he DOES imply by the below quote is that failing to show resolve is not the answer.

        “Tony Blair: The only thing that will work with Iran is absolute and total strength. If we make it clear to them and clear to them in terms that are absolutely unambiguious and unequivocal that they will not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability and that we will do what it takes to stop them then I think we will stop them.”

        All very well to talk nuclear disarmament but uninventing the bomb is not as easy or anything like as likely as some of us might like to hope. Disarming TODAY, all over the world, would take years to come to fruition. And while it was happening rogue states and leaders would be secreting away, for a rainy day, you understand.

        Sorry, my mistake. I realise you do NOT understand.

        The fact that none of the nations who presently have the nuclear bomb has used it since the Americans did almost 65 years ago proves something. It is a detterent, as it was meant to be. Long may it remain.

    2. Ross Kelly Says:

      Then by your own reckoning perhaps if I ran had a few they may be able to live in peace, but of course if they could do that then they could sell their oil to China as Saddam might have done, can’t have that can we.

    3. Ross Kelly Says:

      I noticed you avoided China and oil. You brainwashed twit.

    4. Ross Kelly Says:

      That reference got the attention I expected.

    5. Ross Kelly Says:

      Figure it out.

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    7. Little Ole American Says:

      Well, all we have to do is wait a few days after peaceniks like Ross make fools out of themselves and you, Sec. Clinton, Tony Blair and Prince Faisel are proved correct, don’t we? The latest news is Ahmadinejad is proud of his Nuclear “Military” capability.
      The peacenks believe, in their naivety, nuclear disarmament will bring love and roses to the planet. One problem, Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map. He also enjoys killing young people out in the streets of his own country; those young people who want to live in peace with the with the West. He also enjoys cutting off the internet for those same young people. Ahmadinejad wants to “hurry” the arrival of the 12th Imam. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Ahmadinejad is trigger happy. Everyone, but EVERYONE is nervous about Iran’s arms, except those that are taken in by their propaganda and censorship.
      Ahmadinejad has made the world a more dangerous place.

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