Comment at end
28th March, 2010
I don’t usually bother much with such as this kind of unthinking tripe, but you really DO need to read the introductory words here above the videos of Tony Blair. The introduction is trite junk. The videos are excellent.
This is just so you know what the free world, freedom and free democracies are up against. Sorry for the repetition; sometimes one needs to hammer things home – in this land of free speech.
This individual doesn’t even bother to explain WHY he comes to this conclusion – “Tony Blair… If he isn’t the Anti-Christ, just imagine how bad the real one must be…”
The Final Redoubt’s words of wisdom … er … foolishness:
“Hold on tightly to your chair, as you watch this masterclass in Humbug & Hypocrisy. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair…”
So I decided to watch the videos, just to see what was so unbearably abhorrent about Mr Blair’s words that he should be a candidate to succeed the Anti-Christ, assuming there’s a vacancy.
As I’ve said before – thank God I’m not religious.
It then shows three videos from the AIPAC Policy Conference 2010, Closing Plenary.
HUNT THE HUMBUG & HYPOCRISY PART 1 – if I think I’ve found any that might be H & H I’ll mark them with one of these [H?] so we can check them out.
The Right Honorable Tony Blair [Part 1 of 3] 9:29
Btw, in case you’re wondering what the furore was about at around 5 minutes in, it was a Code Pink demo. No doubt The Final Redoubt thought they were good sticks. Mr Blair will have been relieved he wasn’t being arrested by a citizen. Though I’d like to them try, with this appreciative audience around OUR MAN.
Now here’s what Mr Blair actually said.
“Thank you very much indeed … it’s amazing how nice people are to you when you stop being prime minister. It’s a tremendous pleasure to be here and I was just backstage listening to Pastor Deedee and … WOW! I mean, I’ve got a new suggestion – we just get everyone else out of the Middle East and put Pastor Deedee in there and I don’t think they’d dare do anything else but make peace.” [H?]
Reference is to Pastor Deedee Coleman – video here – [Part 1 of 2]
“So, anyway it’s a great pleasure to be with you and, Lonnie my job is to try to get agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians for the Quartet which tries to get agreement between the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia. I thought after being prime minister of Britain for ten years I should try something easy. [H?]
I am always described as a friend of Israel. It is true. I am and I’m proud of it and I will tell you why I’m proud of it. [H?]
Israel is a democracy. The politicians are in fear of the people, not the people in fear of the politicians. [H?]
Citizens are governed by the rule of law. Men and women are equal before the law. [H?]
In Israel you can worship your faith in the way you want, or not as you choose. [H?]
There is freedom of thought and speech. Israeli society is vibrant, its art electrifying, its culture open.” [H?]
[Ed: Oh I give up. NONE of it is humbug or hypocrisy. That’s clear to anyone, apart from hypocritical humbug peddlers.]
HUNT THE HUMBUG & HYPOCRISY PART 2
The Right Honorable Tony Blair [Part 2 of 3] 9:02
“The Israeli PM said at Bar-Ilan he wants a two state solution. The Palestinian President says he wants a two state solution. So begin negotiating about it. Put all the issues on the table and talk. Senator George Mitchell, someone with whom I worked closely and successfully, making peace in Northern Ireland, is now using all his considerable wisdom in this process. President Obama and Secretary Clinton are fully behind this endeavour. Reward their efforts and get the negotiation going, face to face, direct, PM to President, as soon as possible.
Secondly, however, let us acknowledge what has changed since the failure to reach agreement in the year 2000.
Until the year 2000, and with the heroic attempts of President Clinton, we attempted to achieve an agreement first and then shape reality around it. But it was not to be. After that came the Intifada. Thousands died. Then came the withdrawal from Gaza. Israel got out. It took 7000 settlers with it. In Israeli eyes, it received violence and terror in return.
The occupation deepened. Gaza was isolated. Faith in the peace process collapsed.
Ten years on, that faith has to be restored.
It can’t be done in a summit.
It has to be done patiently, and over time on the ground. It can’t only be negotiated top-down. It has also to be built bottom up.
Peace now will not come simply through an agreement negotiated; it must come through a reality created and sustained.
It means building institutions of Palestinian Government: not just well equipped, loyal security forces, but civil police, courts, prisons, prosecutors, the whole infrastructure of the rule of law.
It means treating those who commit acts of terror not only as enemies of Israel but enemies of Palestine.
It’s about the economy: jobs, living standards, aspiration and ambition. It’s about education, about children taught in modern classrooms by good teachers and taught peace in order to live peacefully.
It’s about human rights, equality, freedom, democracy.
These things are the substance of statehood. The form of a state may be about its borders. Its lifeblood is about what happens within those borders.
That is the work my team and others, like the United States and the European Police Mission, are engaged in. And here is the good news.
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, under President Abbas is trying to build the state from the bottom up. Over the past two years, the Palestinian Authority has taken militia off the streets. New court houses are being opened. Proper prison facilities are being built. In the last year, the judicial system handled more cases than in the previous ten.
The Israeli Chief of Defence staff regularly says to me: tell the Palestinians: if they do more, we can do less.
The Palestinians are. PM Netanyahu and Defence Minister Barak, with whom I work closely, deserve credit for the steps taken in response. Many of the main checkpoints are now removed or open.
Israeli Arabs are coming over the border. They are helping reflate the economy. I can tell you today the latest figures. In 2009, not a good year for the world economy, the Palestinian economy grew by almost 10%. In 2010, for the first time Palestinian revenues will top $2 billion. Donors will provide only one third of the Budget, down from half in 2008, and hey, the Palestinian budget deficit will fall.
And the money, by the way, goes into a special treasury account, certified by the World Bank and IMF.
In just over two months, in Bethlehem, we will hold the second Palestinian Investment Conference. Last year we succeeded in getting the single biggest Foreign Direct Investment project Palestine has seen. This year we will showcase technology, financial services and tourism.
Two years ago I could not have gone to Jenin. Now I go freely.
There in the northern point of Palestine, we will soon open a new industrial park at Jalemeh, where some months back I sat on the Israeli side of the line, talking with the Mayor of Gilboa. My interpreter, since the Mayor only spoke Hebrew, was his Arab Deputy Mayor.
My point is this – yes, the obstacles remain huge, of course, the distance to go immense. The mistrust still deep.
But what you see nightly on your television screen is only one part of the story. Too often we see the hate. There is also the hope.
Sometimes people say to me: “Hey you used to be Prime Minister of a great nation, and now you spend your time examining earth mounds in obscure parts of Palestine, arguing why hospital workers should be able to travel into East Jerusalem, or getting electricity and water to small villages outside Qualqilya.” They think I’ve gone down in the world; kind of feel sorry for me.
But there’s one thing I learnt in all the years of painstaking peace-making in Northern Ireland: details matter. They may seem trivial to us but to people who live them, they are the difference between paralysis and possibility.
So what I ask of Israel, as its friend, is not to risk its security; but to know that in changing the lives of the Palestinians who want peace and if empowered, can deliver it, Israel’s security is not forfeited but enhanced.
Learn from what we have done and do more. Even in Gaza. Gilad Shalit’s captivity is a disgrace. He should be released forthwith.”
Any [Humbug & Hypocrisy] in the above? Nope. Not to any fair-minded person, Israeli, Palestinian or anything else.
HUNT THE HUMBUG & HYPOCRISY PART 3
The Right Honorable Tony Blair [Part 3 of 3] 7:01
Ordinary Gazans, many of whom are opposed to Hamas, should have clean water and sanitation; that legitimate people not the tunnel merchants can do business; that the children, half the population there, get the care they need.
This I ask of Israel.
What I ask of the Palestinians is to realise one thing above all else: the two state solution begins not with a state of land but a state of mind. The mentality has to move from resistance to governance.
There can be no ambiguity, no wavering, no half heart towards terrorism. It is totally and completely without justification and we will never compromise in our opposition to it or those that practice it.
This I believe is the way to peace, But over all of this undertaking, challenging and fraught as it is already, lies a shadow. We are not the only external actors in this drama. Iran has conceived a role also; and it is not for peace.
Its regime sees this dispute as part of a far bigger picture, and in this, at least, it is right.
They are clear in what they seek. We should be clear also.
Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability.
They must know that we will do whatever it takes to stop them getting it. The danger is if they suspect for a moment we might allow such a thing. We cannot and we will not. And this is not simply an issue of Israel’s security. This is a matter of global security, mine, yours, all of us.
Iran’s regime is the biggest de-stabilising influence in the region. Israel understands that. But so do the Arab nations.
That is why the Arab Peace Initiative launched in 2002, remains their earnest desire.
The Middle East region faces a struggle that goes far beyond its borders and encompasses much more than the dispute between Israel and Palestine.
The population of the Arab world is set to double in the next decades. But what sort of future will it be? The far-sighted among them know that it should be a future not of narrow minds, religious bigotry and hostility to others, but one in which across the divide of faith, and race and geography, we pursue together with common purpose, the good of all humanity.
This is a vision we share. One which a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians can help strengthen; not because the conflict is the cause of the extremism but because its resolution would be such a powerful harbinger of hope.
No person of Abrahamic faith can stay long in Jerusalem without feeling they are in their spiritual home. Jerusalem should always be an open city for all people who wish to worship free and without fear.
And I like the fact that my young son’s friends in London number Jews, Muslims and Hindus as well as Christians. I look at this nation of the United States of America, a patchwork of different races and faiths, woven into one. And I think – this is the right way for the 21st century world.
This is the world we want to pass on to our children. This is the world my father fought for, when Europe was plunged into the nightmare of an ideology that sought to treat one race as superior to others, the ideology that brought us the Holocaust, the most wretched abomination in human history.
What we learned then, we should learn still. That human beings are born equal and should live free. And it is in striving for that ideal that the state of Israel came into being.
If one day, Israel can be secure, recognised, understood and respected by the nations which surround it; if one day the Palestinian people can have their own state and can prosper in peace within it and beyond it, we will bring more than peace to people who have lived too long with conflict. We will lift the scourge of extremism and bring hope to the world. Now that is an endeavour really worth dedicating one’s life to. Thank you very much.”
Notice any of that horrible, hellish, horrific, hateful, hypocritical humbug, indicating how near the Anti-Christ our former PM is?
Wassammarra wi’ you? You dumb or sumpin?