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Blair Takes Mideast Job

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Posted on Jun 27, 2007
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According to the Irish prime minister, Tony Blair has agreed to serve the quartet—the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia—as a special envoy to the Mideast. Earlier reports suggested that Blair bristled at the limited scope of the position, but an aide says the outgoing British prime minister was eager to take the job and continue to work on the world stage.


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Mr Ahern told Irish state broadcasters RTE that Mr Blair had already accepted the appointment as Middle East envoy.

“I spoke to him about this on Friday night when he told me that he was going to take it - until then it had been speculation - so I can tell you that’s exactly what he’s going to do,” he said on Wednesday.

“He believes if you have hands-on, persistent engagement then you can have real progress.”

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By Louise, June 27, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t this just precious?

The Prince’s of Darkness have named Bush’s Poodle
The Prince of Peace.

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By DennisD, June 27, 2007 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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So the fish and chips stand at Picadilly wouldn’t have him there huh. Well I guess this was the next logical job choice.

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By George, June 27, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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One of the major architects of the Iraq War is going to be a ‘Peace Envoy’ in the Middle East, eh? Nice one.

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By QuyTran, June 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

I just remember once our old folks always said that when “we didn’t have a dog so we had to use a cat to clean our kid’s faeces” !

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By nesreen, June 27, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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He is so wrong for the Middle east Envoy ! he is No peace loving individual but a warmonger who has not hesistated to invade a country , based on a pack of lies, and he has not shown any remorse or said sorry. Honestly i would rather see him in a court of law , not a Middle East envoy .
he has never ever condemned the brutality of the IDF , not even during the Massacre of Beit Hanoun when 20 people were blown up as they slept at dawn .Blair said Israel has the right to defend itself as usual . His closest ally and friend and campaigner Lord Levy was no better, he was also the ME envoy and has never hidden his bias towards Israel . 
Blair supports America blind support to Israel and has never cared about the rights of the people in the Middle East , so what has changed now ??

Blair was among the 3 war mongers who refused a cease fire in Lebanon , when the rest of the world wanted a cease fire . He is a vile warmonger not a peace maker .
I have no idea why the position appeals to him , unless he wants to help his israeli friends with more concessions and more land grab .

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By Greg Bacon, June 27, 2007 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

“He believes if you have hands-on, persistent engagement then you can have real progress.”

Well, by golly, if the emasculated Blair applies the same finesse to this job as he did with Iraq, expect Palestine—what’s left of it—to be erased from history’s pages shortly.

“Phony Tony” is one of the worst political hacks to ever crawl out from under a rock. In this case, guess the rock would be one at Stonehenge.

He glady hopped into bed with our crazy as a loon “Commander in Thief” Bush, early on and relished his roll as being Georgie’s pet B*TCH.

Blair will show his usual flair for mucking things up and make a terrible situation in Occupied Palestine even worse.

Why not just appoint everyone’s favorite nut case, John Bolton to this job?

He could really set the place on fire… literally.

greg bacon
ava, mo

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By Hank Van den Berg, June 27, 2007 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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A former prime minister of the United Kingdom will never be seen as an impartial promoter of peace in a region where his country has for centuries operated as an imperialist power.  King Richard of England, began the aggression 1,000 years ago as one of the leaders in the Crusades that killed large numbers of Palestinians.  British decisions also played a fundamental role in setting up the Zionist conquest of Palestine and the injustice carried out against Palestinians.  Just 50 years ago, Britain directly occupied Egypt and reconquered the Suez Canal, a move for which it was punished by international opinion.  And then, of course, there is the minor issue of Blair’s dishonest role in enabling the U.S. to proceed with its illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.  Who can forget Blair’s lies about evidence of WMS in Iraq?
Of course, most Americans will think the appointment of Blair as the envoy to the Middle East is just great, if for no other reason than his ability to lie and mislead so eloquently with a British accent!  But how can Middle Easterners see his appointment as anything other than an “in your face” gesture that only further confirms U.S.-Israeli-British neo-colonial intentions in the Middle East.  The likely consequence of Blair’s appointment is a continuation of Israeli aggression and land theft in Palestine, continued western support for doomed puppet regimes like that of Abbas, and the unabated growth of violent opposition that will, sooner or later, rise to power in the Middle East. 
What are needed are new foreign policies based on inclusiveness, respect, and a recognition of past mistakes by Britain, the U.S., aIsrael, and other outsiders.  Blair represents more of the same western/Israeli aggression that has already caused so much death and destruction.  How is it that the European Union, Russia, and others accept this inappropriate appointment?  One really has to wonder what is going on in the world.  Who is in charge?  Is there anyone with any sense of decency?

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By Verne Arnold, June 27, 2007 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

So, did Blair give up his collar?  Is he now a German Shepard and no longer a Poodle?

Scary thought…Blair getting a promotion after all of his history with Iraq and Bush.  The World just never learns, does it?

What does this mean for us?

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By Skruff, June 27, 2007 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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Good… Now when the world Court indicts they won’t have to extradite

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By Fadel Abdallah, June 27, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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A Message to Evil Tony Blair:

You’re not welcomed to the Middle East in general and you’re not welcomed to Palestine in particular! I believe I represent millions of people who think you’re a criminal with too much blood on your hands. You and the goverment and country you represent are part of the problem, not the solution.
(to be continued!)

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By kevin99999, June 27, 2007 at 8:18 am Link to this comment
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This man has no personal credibility. Being a U.S. poodle, Palestinians should not place much faith or credibility in this man who should be treated as a war criminal rather than parading around as Mid-East envoy.

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