Comment at end
22nd March 2010
Tony Blair was at the EU parliament today, as mentioned here yesterday. He nearly got slammed up. Not.
I’ve been busy with normal human things all day, and I already have too much in draft to write on this Cronin idiot to any extent.
The Parliament.com: ‘Blair was harangued as he arrived for the hearing by journalist David Cronin who accused him of being a “war criminal.”
The Brussels-based reporter tried to make a citizen’s arrest on Blair but was bundled away by security guards.’
‘Bundled away’? If you ask me, and I know you haven’t but I’m telling you anyway, Cronin should have been arrested. You can tell a lot about someone by looking at those he admires. Rentoul admires Blair; Cronin admires Slobodan Milosevic. Cronin also doesn’t think much of Herman van Rompuy. With the foolish alacrity, skewed thinking and originality of many at the Guardian he suggests that van Rompuy will be “more (US) poodle than president”. What? AnOTHER “poodle”. And I thought it was the Brits and not the Americans who loved their canine pets.
Cronin seems to ‘think’ equally highly of NATO, the USA or the rest of the west. What the hell is he doing working in Brussels? To put it in the Irish colloquial –
[The reason I mention the word “Guardian” so frequently in the heading will become clear in an upcoming post or two.]
A freelance journalist given house room by The Guardian tried to “arrest” Tony Blair today, as the former prime minister arrived in Brussels to speak to Euro-MPs about his work as Middle East envoy. According to TheParliament.com:
A cursory glance at Cronin’s articles for Comment Is Free reveals that he has an unusual notion of what constitutes a war criminal. A recent contribution in December supports Serbia’s application to join the European Union, and criticises the Netherlands government for blocking it on the grounds that it suspected the Serbian government of “not co-operating fully with the war crimes tribunal in the Hague”.
What these hypocrites should be doing, Cronin suggests, is:
As he points out:
No, but Slobodan Milosevic was. Cronin wonders why:
It was Milosevic’s refusal to accept the precepts of free-market ideology that put him in the dock in The Hague, apparently. Of what, then, did Cronin’s “harangue” of Blair consist, I wonder: “Arrest this man for the crime of welfare capitalism”?
‘Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair has called for Israel and Palestine to “get back on track” and open direct negotiations “as soon as possible”.
He was speaking after talks in Brussels with EU foreign ministers who later urged the two sides to aim at a two-year deadline for achieving an “independent, democratic, viable” state of Palestine.
Mr Blair, appointed in June 2007 as envoy representing the EU, US, UN and Russia, admitted the violence in the region in the last fortnight had been a setback, but added: “Setbacks occur, and the key thing now is to get back on track again and get the negotiations going. We have got to carry on, whatever the setbacks from time to time.”
Mr Blair said the EU was playing a big part in building up Palestinian law and order, security and the economy.’