10th July 2010
UPDATE: Just found this BBC video of the crowds welcoming our, sorry, their “Superhero” in Kosovo.
BREAKING: David Miliband blasts Gordon Brown. Getting serious now, eh David? Will write on this when time permits. After I take two littlies to the swimming pool tomorrow, (if I can enlist another adult), and we’ll pretend the third is already 8. Milipede (as I understand TB used to call him) is not wrong on everything.
TONY – YOU’RE OUR HERO
[My thanks for all the pictures below go to DayLife]
Above: Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair during an interview with Reuters in Pristina July 9, 2010. Blair said that Kosovo independence will stay despite Serbia’s claims and that Kosovo and Serbia should cooperate and join the European Union. (REUTERS/Hazir Reka)
Above: Tony Blair walks away after reviewing a Kosovo’s Security Force honour guard, during an official welcoming ceremony in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday, July 8, 2010. This is the second visit of Tony Blair to Kosovo since the end of the war in 1999. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
SO WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT?
Tony Blair – a hero?
Has the world gone mad? Nope. As usual, it’s (some) in Britain driving down the motorway in the wrong direction as regards our former Prime Minister.
Tony Blair meets Tonibler & eight boys named after him has been the eye-catching story today, as mentioned in previous posts here and here and here. And by John Rentoul and tweeted by David Aaronovitch classily.
And Julie here has some fun sticking it down the gullett of the haters of this world – Eat your hearts out. Good for you, Julie. Might as well give the sickmakers something to really make them puke.
TONY BLAIR -TONIBLER? WHAT’S IN A NAME?
I’m not sure if there are many Billiclintoons in Kosovo, but if there are, no-one’s told me. The reason? It was OUR Prime Minster Tony Blair, who dragged Clinton and the USA kicking and screaming into ground intervention to stop Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims. It was OUR Tony Blair who saw that air power alone wasn’t working and was never likely to work.
It was OUR prime minister and our country leading this struggle for freedom for Albanian Muslims. We should be proud.
Mr Blair was in Kosovo principally to collect a Freedom Medal from the Kosovan government.
More on the Medal and Blair’s speech in a later post or two. [Pardon? You didn’t think I was ready to finish yet, did you?]
Tony Blair waves with nine Kosovo Albanian boys named after him on stage in Pristina July 9, 2010. The boys were named after Blair as a sign of appreciation for his role in stopping a wave of ethnic cleansing by Serbia, according to the boys’ parents. Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008. (REUTERS/Hazir Reka )
Above: Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair (R) speaks in front of nine Kosovo Albanian boys named after him on stage in Pristina July 9, 2010. The boys are about the same age as his own youngest son. They were named after Blair as a sign of appreciation for his role in stopping a wave of ethnic cleansing by Serbia, according to the boys’ parents. Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008. (REUTERS/Hazir Reka)
Sign the Ban Blair-Baiting petition here. Recent comments – “The terrorist lackeys must be really crazy to suggest that politicians like Blair are guilty of any offence. Why don’t they go for the real terrorists and murderers who are trying to infiltrate and change the enlightened western world as we know it?” and “The best there’s been since I grew up and I’m nearly 70 now. ‘Tis a pity that some have just never grown up at all.” and “Tony Blair was an excellent PM and the world holds him in high esteem.” and “You were a great Prime Minister, you did your best and a strong Ally of America.”
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