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9th September 2011
Ten years on, Blair says Iran is the real enemy
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Tony Blair has called for a continuation and extension of interventionism. An article in The Times says –
Tony Blair has backed regime change in Iran and Syria and warns the West of a long and hard struggle to defeat terrorism and the flawed ideology that supports it.
The former Prime Minister, in an interview with The Times to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11, blames Tehran for helping to prolong the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the allies’ initial victories.
He suggests that the West must be ready to use force against Iran if it pursues its nuclear ambitions.
His experience and ongoing work for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will have undoubtedly informed his approach to other (rogue) states in the region. His reference to “regime change” will get the “highfalutin” standing on their high-horses and yeeha-ing over UN resolutions & legal issues. Ahmadinejad knows this and will smile at the insanity of the western fatal regard for doing it right. The unbalanced UN is as dangerous a nut to try to crack as are the heads of the Iranian and Syrian regimes to deal with as though they give a damn.
“Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region.”
BE PREPARED – FOR THE CIRCLING MOON-GOD WORSHIPPERS
But Mr Blair must know that this kind of call will raise hackles in certain circles. The sort of circles who gather to hold hands and moan in unison to the moon-god to fix the wicked world PAINLESSLY.
It is not new for Mr Blair to remind us that Iran continues to support groups that are engaged with terrorism and the forces of reaction. In Iraq, he says “one of the main problems has been the continued intervention of Iran and likewise in Afghanistan.”
OUT WITH AHMADINEJAD. OUT WITH ASSAD
While making clear that he was not proposing military action against Iran Tony Blair is clearly calling on the international community to help rid Iran of President Ahmadinejad and Syria of President Bashar Assad.
The Times also carries an interview with Tony Blair recalling the attacks of 9/11.
Again here he refers to Iran’s influence in prolonging the conflict. He also admits that he underestimated the task in the battles against both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.
Critics of both conflicts easily forget to remember that more than half the deaths in Iraq were directly attributable to the actions of the locals and near-locals (notably Iranian insurgencies or infiltrators.) Suicide car bombers and roadside bombs proliferate today still. But the same critics of both actions fail to see that the common link is not western action but those wedded to an ideology of extremism which bears no compassion, leaves few witnesses.
This warning over Iran will not be greeted with generosity or even a blink of understanding that perhaps after his four years in the region Mr Blair understands a little more than do the armchair twitterers.
But his admirable approach to his own reputation is refreshing. How many other western political leaders would concede this?
He acknowledged that his personal career may have been damaged by the aftermath of 9/11 but added: “I don’t think the cost to me personally matters one way or another.”
Also reported on SkyNews – Blair Calls For Iran And Syria Regime Change
Tony Blair will spend the Sunday anniversary of 9/11 in the Middle East
The former prime minister told the Times he blames “external factors” such as Iran for prolonging the conflicts in the Afghanistan and Iraq so long.
He also suggests Iran’s threat to the area remains “immense” and the West must be prepared to use force if Tehran pursues its nuclear ambitions.
“Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region,” Mr Blair said.
But insisted he was not advocating military action – instead, he wants countries to use determination to face down the threat and only resort to force , and only if necessary, force.
Tony Blair is critical of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime in Iran
“If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons capability it would destabilise the region very, very badly, ” he said.
“They continue to support groups that are engaged with terrorism and the forces of reaction.
“In Iraq one of the main problems has been the continued intervention of Iran and likewise in Afghanistan,” he added.
Reflecting on the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Blair admitted he mistakenly expected the interventions to be relatively short.
He said while there were not many extremists, a “worryingly large” number of people bought into the ideology.
Tony Blair was at the TUC conference at the time of the 9/11 attacks
“We are a long way from getting out of this,” he added.
He made the remarks days before the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks which saw four hijacked aeroplanes hit the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Mr Blair is expected to spend Sunday in the Middle East due to his role representing the Quartet – the US, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia.
UK prime minister at the time of the attacks, Mr Blair was in Brighton at the annual Trades Union Conference (TUC) when he first heard of the unfolding events.
On Syria, he said president Bashar al-Assad was “not capable of reform” and his position is untenable.
“There is no process of change that leaves him intact,” he told the paper.
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I am staggered by all the hate directed towards our former Prime Minister. I believe that Tony Blair made the Iraq decision in good faith and is most certainly NOT a war criminal. If anyone should be tried at the Hague it should be those in the media for totally misrepresenting the information and facts. The media are to blame for fuelling this hatred as it is purely driven by them. (UK)