Tony Blair’s “heartfelt gratitude” to President Obama. But of course!

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2nd May 2011

I know that some say I always agree with Tony Blair no matter what he says. Well, sorry to disabuse them, but that’s a little simplistic.

This is not to suggest that Mr Blair should not have congratulated and thanked President Obama. He did the right thing in thanking him. Of course he did.

If President Obama, as he repeatedly declared several times in his broadcast this morning “personally authorised” this attack and has been successful in this venture, he deserves huge credit. But as I say in previous posts, until we have PROOF that Osama bin Laden has been killed I am, against my usual instincts, suspicion personified.

I’m sure it is not too cynical to note that the American people could hardly resist re-electing Obama next year with this particular head on his belt.

Birth certificate furore put to bed.  Now Osama dead and buried at sea. What more do they want?

Whatever the private thoughts of the world’s leaders, present and past, it is to be expected that they would and should congratulate President Obama. That’s diplomacy for you.  It’s left to the rest of us to ask the questions.

American election – November 6th, 2012.

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Blair expresses gratitude to Obama

Former prime minister Tony Blair expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” to President Barack Obama today for the military operation which killed Osama bin Laden.

In a statement, he said the operation showed that “those who commit acts of terror against the innocent will be brought to justice, however long it takes”.

Mr Blair was prime minister at the time of both the 2001 and the 2005 attacks, which in many ways shaped his time in power.

He said: “My heartfelt gratitude to President Obama and to all of those who so brilliantly undertook and executed this operation.

“We should never forget 9/11 was also the worst ever terrorist attack against UK civilians, and our thoughts are with all those – American, British and from nations across the world – who lost their lives and with their loved ones who remain and who live with their loss.

“9/11 was an attack not just on the United States, but on all those who shared the best values of civilisation.

“The operation shows those who commit acts of terror against the innocent will be brought to justice, however long it takes.

“So this is a huge achievement in the fight against terrorism but we know the fight against the terrorism and the ideology that Bin Laden represents continues and is as urgent as ever.”

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