Comment at end
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.
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)
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