Overpaid Yet Happily Forgotten

by craig on April 23, 2014 2:37 pm in Uncategorized

The greatest boost ever received by Islamic fundamentalism was the invasion of Iraq.  Closely followed by extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and drones, and Israeli bombings of Gaza.  All of those things lead some Muslims to believe a violent response by terrorism is required to defend themselves.  So for Tony Blair, who has promoted huge hatred and caused unnumbered deaths through a career of deceit and self-enrichment, to warn about the dangers of Islamic terrorism is something nobody but a few Guardian and Murdoch acolytes wish to hear.

Blair of course has many tens of millions stuffed into his capacious back-pocket by oligarchs from the ex-Soviet space, so it is unsurprising to hear him call for understanding between Russia and the West.  It is even more to form that this understanding should be based on joint hatred of Muslims.

There is an alarming failure by many in the UK to understand that Russia is an Empire.  Russia’s Asian possessions were taken  by invasion from their indigenous and Muslim populations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, at precisely the same time Britain was taking its own colonies.  The Russian conquests were no less colonial from the accident of geography that they were contiguous.  Dagestan and Chechnya were only conquered in the 1830’s.  Most of Tartarstan later.  The “Islamic fundamentalist threat” Russia faces jointly with the UK, is actually the struggle of colonized peoples for their freedom.

Blair includes China, which likewise is the colonial occupier of the Uighurs and other suppressed Muslim populations.  To conflate the struggle for freedom from colonial occupation of these people with an over-reaching monster of “Islamic terrorism” is part of Blair’s trick.  His examples in Africa are again born of despair from the consequences of centuries of colonial and now neo-liberal exploitation.  I find his pronouncements on Boko Haram ironic, given that Blair’s single biggest legacy is to move the United Kingdom close to Nigerian standards of equality of wealth distribution.

The extraordinary thing is that Blair is somebody so hate-filled he wants to see yet more hatred, killing and violence.  It is worrying that the establishment media are so happy to promote his view without providing any balancing opinion. I comfort myself that the real motive of this silly speech was that, other than his media acolytes, absolutely nobody cares what he is saying.  It wasn’t so much a speech as a public display of ADD.

 

 

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  1. Ba'al Zevul (Flames 'R' Us)

    23 Apr, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Blair of course has many tens of millions stuffed into his capacious back-pocket by oligarchs from the ex-Soviet space, so it is unsurprising to hear him call for understanding between Russia and the West. It is even more to form that this understanding should be based on joint hatred of Muslims.

    Cogent. Add, perhaps, that it is good to see him personally destroying any possibility of his ever again being seen – by anyone other than Mad Mel – as an even-handed ME broker. Add a question: is there a connection between Blair’s latest episode of gungho and the April 14th resignation of his old Saudi chum Prince Bandar bin Sultan from the security ministry? Has whatever advantage Blair enjoyed from his acquaintanceship with a regime closely associated with jihadis now evaporated? And add helpless, braying laughter at this visibly crazed megalomaniac presuming to run anything called a Faith Foundation.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Great post.

  2. But how far back do you go? Very, very few current countries have maintained exactly their current composition for more than a couple of hundred years. Should the Viking bits of Britain be looking to split from the Jutes, and the Angles and the Saxons?

    At some point you have to stop looking backwards and start looking forwards!

    And as much interbreeding as possible will get us to this point expeditiously.

  3. Is Blair holding up Chilcot to protect himself and Straw from complicity in torture? It would be in the Labour Party’s best interests to get this dealt with before the next election.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2604801/Tony-Blair-blame-publication-Sir-John-Chilcots-report-Iraq-war-delayed-says-Nick-Clegg.html

  4. Blair is one sick evil greedy bastard.

    Him,his New Labour criminal cabal and his NeoCon buddies in blood should be in court facing war crime charges.

    Not to mention their part in extrordinary rendition,torture,gang-stalking/Mk-Ultra tactics on perfectly innocent people here and abroad.

    The Truth is coming out and these bastards will deserve everything they get.

    All this deluded evil charlatan has left is vague sloganeering and empty self-serving faux God squad rhetoric that nobody with a shred of intelligence or humanity takes seriously.

  5. Ba'al Zevul (Flames 'R' Us)

    23 Apr, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    And add this:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.586925

    (Paywall, sorry, but the first par says it all)

    Also, from his speech: ““the Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country.”

    You mean like New Libor did, Tony?

  6. Ba'al Zevul (Flames 'R' Us)

    23 Apr, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Can’t help wondering what the Pope will say to Tony when they next meet; here’s what respected Catholic theologian Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith reckons, anyway:

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/04/23/tony-blairs-alliance-with-china-and-russia-is-as-immoral-as-it-is-naive/

    My own view is that in taking sides against Islamic extremism, Britain and her friends should do everything in their power to shun Saudi Arabia, the number one source of extremism in the world, and do everything in their power to stop the exportation of Wahhabi ideology from the desert kingdom to Europe. But as a realist, I see absolutely no hope of anything like this happening soon. Britain and her friends will keep on licking the boots of the Saudis and selling them weapons, weapons which the Saudis and their friends use to kill people we should be supporting, such as democracy activists in Bahrain and Christians in Syria.

    Saudi Arabia again. Hmmm…

  7. “Russia’s Asian possessions were taken by invasion from their indigenous and Muslim populations”
    Hardly. Russia’s Asian possessions were inhabited mainly by animist tribes until Russia invaded them. The areas inhabited by muslims- who had obtained them by invasion and become indigenous by occupation, the technique used by the Russians themselves- were on the borders of Europe and Asia, in the Caucasus.

  8. It’s hard. I mean what do you do with the criminally insane?

  9. Hector

    you are broadly right – I didn’t mean indigenous and muslim to indicate they were aways the same people. But the Muslim areas were the most densely populated, and thus where the most active anti-colonial struggles are now underway.

  10. Correction Jbond. He is not insane. Psychopathic.

    Felicity Arbuthnot takes us back to Easter in Fallujah in 2003 and 2004.
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/04/us-militarism-and-easter-day-disinformation-on-iraq/

  11. BrianFujisan

    23 Apr, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Great post Craig…

    RE the pope… there’s rather a lot he should be speaking out about, Syria being just one area…

    regarding evil hate monger bliar…there was an Excellent piece the other day…by Felicity Arbuthnot…here is some parts from it –

    Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

    There must be something in the water at No 10 Downing Street, currently inhabited by Prime Minister David Cameron.

    When Tony Blair was in residence, according to the diaries of his former communications director, Alastair Campbell, before the illegal invasion of Iraq, for which Blair’s Downing Street offices produced fantasy, fictional, false justifications, the then Prime Minister was guided by his faith and regularly spoke to “his Maker.” Blair may have “spoken” – but, as ever, he clearly didn’t listen.

    An early statement from David Cameron seeking votes from, clearly, only the delusional, since Blair left office not so much under a cloud but under a black thundercloud of duplicity and deception, was that he was “heir to Blair.”

    Later he decided he was more in the mould of Margaret Thatcher.
    Judgement is clearly not his strong point. For a swathe of the British electorate he might as well have cited Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible as role models.

    However, last year it emerged that David Cameron has been seeking advice from Tony Blair of whom: “he is very admiring … he regards as a nice person and has conviction.”

    There have been formal meetings, seemingly telephone calls on policy issues and cosy dinners in the elegant Downing Street living quarters:

    “Mr Cameron has been keen to get inside the mind of Labour’s triple-election-winning Prime Minister from the start of his leadership.”(1)

    All a bit worrying, since according to a book written by Blair’s political agent of twenty four years, John Burton, his decision to enjoin the attacks in both the Balkans and Iraq were part of a “Christian battle.”

    “It’s very simple to explain the idea of Blair the Warrior”, Burton has said: “It was part of Tony living out his faith.” Blair’s: “Christian faith is part of him, down to his cotton socks. He believed strongly … that intervention in Kosovo, Sierra Leone – Iraq too – was all part of the Christian battle; good should triumph over evil …” Also according to Burton, he viewed George W. Bush’s unhinged “War on Terror” as a “moral cause” in fighting evil.(2)

    Now, as the rhetoric from No 10 becomes increasingly hawkish and beligerant towards Syria, Russia and where ever the US has set it sights, it has to be wondered if Cameron has been stricken with this deviant, extremist, fundamentalist Blair-pox version of religion.

    Last Wednesday (9th April 2014) at his Easter reception at Downing Street for Christian leaders, Cameron reportedly again claimed divine inspiration when he drafted his key concept for the Conservative Party – he was doing God’s work.

    After a soprano sang Ave Maria the Prime Minister’s address included that:

    “It is the case that Christians are now the most persecuted religion around the world. We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other faith groups wherever and whenever we can.”(4)

    No mention of the years of Western-led attacks on majority Muslim countries, where both and all faiths have lived together, shared feasts and grief together for millennia. No mention of divide and rule. But maybe a whiff of a subliminal message, Syria is still on the radar.

    Blair produced the blueprint for the excuse for the destruction of Iraq, the country, for believers, where the father of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, Abraham was born at Ur. Cameron surely still has his eyes on the road to Damascus. And Blair, hell bent on a Syria attack is apparently a trusted mentor. One can only speculate, but the increasingly messianic Cameron-speak certainly has a chillingly Blair-like ring.

    The full Piece By Felicity is a good read….to be found @

    http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/tony-blair-george-w-bush-and-david-cameron-hijacking-god/

  12. Thanks Mary for the Felicity Arbuthnot article. Special consideration should be given to how Baghdad was turned from one of the most advanced cities to one of the worst. What an indictment on us and the Yanks who spearheaded this killing for oil. It is not for me to judge Blair and Bush. Hopefully whoever does will reach a judgment that tells the world that democracy is not elected dictatorship.

  13. John Richards

    23 Apr, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Could Blair’s latest outpouring be timed to distract a little from this?

    text

  14. John Richards

    23 Apr, 2014 - 4:56 pm

  15. Blair the peace Envoy for the Middle East ?
    Still making the odd headline with his shouts of Jihad.
    He’s the war crazed fundamentalist.
    He will come to an abrupt end one day.
    Just a question of time.

  16. John Richards

    23 Apr, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Apologies.

    Third time lucky?

    Guardian story headed: PLO and Hamas agree landmark unity pact

  17. John Richards, just paste the link text into the comment, like this:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/23/plo-hamas-agree-unity-pact-form-government

    Is that the page you mean?

  18. John Richards

    23 Apr, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    It is, Clark.

    Thanks.

  19. There is an alarming failure by many in the UK to understand that Russia is an Empire. Russia’s Asian possessions were taken by invasion from their indigenous and Muslim populations …

    With a few changes in names, exactly the same can be said of the US:

    America’s lands were taken by invasion from their indigenous Amerindian populations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries …

    In fact, is there any land that is not now occupied by people who invaded and took their land from the indigenous inhabitants?

    So what are you saying? It seems that you are engaging gratuitous Russophobia, intended to convey, perhaps, the fear that Russia is ready to roll West and occupy all Europe. That is certainly the message promoted by the US of Aggression.

    But Europe is already occupied, and has been since WWII, by the US. Europe acquiesced in that occupation out of fear of invasion and occupation by the Soviet Union. Today, Europe does not fear post-Communist Russia. In fact many Europeans respect Russia’s determination to survive as a nation state by reversing a population implosion while preventing mass immigration from the Third World.

    The United States occupation of Europe can only be maintained by creating a new division between East and West, which it is attempting to do by stoking hatred of Russia. Germany seems not to be quite on board. Neither, as the up-coming European elections will prove, are huge numbers of other Europeans who want governments committed to national survival not the New-Wold-Order-mandated self-genocide through the promotion of non-reproductive sex, mass immigration and multiculturalism.

    Given a choice, Europe will opt for more trade with Russia not more war. But first they have to get the US Empire off their backs. To accomplish that, they will need to get the Quisling European leaders, the Camerons, Minibandits and Cloggs, the Goldman Sachs agents, the Hollandes, the Van Rompuys and Barrosos off their backs.

  20. John Dross

    “Special consideration should be given to how Baghdad was turned from one of the most advanced cities to one of the worst.”

    You mean from about 1250 CE?

  21. “The extraordinary thing is that Blair is somebody so hate-filled he wants to see yet more hatred, killing and violence.”

    I doubt he’s hate-filled. If he were, he’d at least have an emotional justification for his despicable acts. I suspect he doesn’t even have that shred of an excuse.

    He’s made a decision early in his political life to put his own advancement before any other consideration. If that means guiding our country into a war that will kill a million Iraqis, well, hey, they had to make him a Prime Minister to achieve it. He takes his orders from above, and at the moment, his job is inciting hatred against Muslims. Nothing personal, Muslims. He’d do the same to Christians if it pleased his masters.

    And there’s the rub. He’s sold his soul to the devil, he can feel the flames of hell licking at his heels, his credibility is disintegrating leaving him less and less to offer, and he knows that a time will come, maybe soon, when he’s worth more to them as a victim than a victor. And then he’ll find out what his devil’s contract is worth – they’ll throw him to the wolves to wring one more bit of use out of him.

    Until then, he’ll make their hate speeches …. and we’ll wait.

  22. DonnyDarko

    “Blair the peace Envoy for the Middle East ?
    Still making the odd headline with his shouts of Jihad.
    He’s the war crazed fundamentalist.
    He will come to an abrupt end one day.
    Just a question of time.”

    More deluded fantasies. Much as I can’t stand the ‘guy’, he’ll die an old man in his bed.

  23. Blair isn’t hate-filled and he isn’t in it for the money either, though that comes as a nice bonus. He is a psychopath, plain and simple.

  24. On a point of information: Tatarstan has been held by Russia ever since it was conquered by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, except for a period of 3-4 years after 1917.

  25. Can you name some of the oligarchs of the former Soviet space who have put tens of millions into Blair’s back pocket?

    Gordon Thomas once suggested they included Semion Mogilevich, one of the mafia bosses who has not gone legitimate and who remains on the FBI’s most wanted list. Comment?

    That they include Sultan Nazarbayev, dictator of Kazakhstan and, er, business partner of Alexander Mashkevitch, is well known.

    Roman Abramovich has also been mentioned.

    Tony Blair’s brother is William Blair, a High Court judge and a barrister who specialises in international financial lawlessness – oops, I mean law, and who is, er, active in the Virgin Islands and Qatar. Euan Blair is likely to go far…until his father is exposed, after which maybe he’ll end up like Mark Thatcher?

    Jack Straw and Peter Mandelson are also well-known crooks, as are, at a somewhat lower level, David Blunkett and John Prescott. Tessa Jowell is also an easy target. Of course subsequent ministers in other administrations, Labour and Con-LibDem, have been and are equally corrupt – as are many political figures who haven’t ever made it into any administrations, such as Paddy Ashdown.

    The role of ‘oligarch’ money in British politics is not the easiest subject for anyone to touch…

    But it’s pathetic that media figures are too lily-livered even to say anything about the late and unlamented Boris Berezovsky. Too fucking afraid to tug on that string!

  26. I find it interesting that no matter how Russia has been governed; monarchy, communist dictatorship or “democratically” elected president, their imperial tendencies are exactly the same.

  27. And worth noting that 60% of Americans polled in 2002 said that they would oppose war on Iraq if the US’s allies were against it, while 60 to 80% said they’d support it if America’s allies did. That means the Blairites’ excuse that the US would have invaded anyway and Blair had to be involved to try to have influence is false – without Blair’s support there would probably never have been a US invasion of Iraq

    http://www.americans-world.org/digest/regional_issues/Conflict_Iraq/multilat_support.cfm

  28. Yoave wrote “I find it interesting that no matter how Russia has been governed; monarchy, communist dictatorship or “democratically” elected president, their imperial tendencies are exactly the same.”

    Completely agree. Russian governments have always been basically hardline Russian nationalists and imperialists irrespective of changes in rhetoric or ideology.

    The Dalai Lama in his autobiography said something similar after meeting Chinese communist leaders for the firs time – that they were Marxist in rhetoric but hardline nationalist in their actions.

  29. That’s assuming that those Americans asked knew where Iraq was!

    Young Americans Geographically Illiterate, Survey Suggests
    John Roach
    for National Geographic News

    May 2, 2006

    Young adults in the United States fail to understand the world and their place in it, according to a survey-based report on geographic literacy released today.

    Take Iraq, for example. Despite nearly constant news coverage since the war there began in 2003, 63 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 failed to correctly locate the country on a map of the Middle East. Seventy percent could not find Iran or Israel.

    Nine in ten couldn’t find Afghanistan on a map of Asia.

    And 54 percent were unaware that Sudan is a country in Africa.

    /..
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/0502_060502_geography.html

    Same applies in this country?

  30. @Mary

    What’s more so is our ability to not to be able to find a job whether worthwhile or not and
    Geographical educational knowledge is not ultimately fundamental too but concern of other peoples perspectives are.

  31. This, pre-Iraq War and from someone who was far more generous to Blair than he needed to be:

    “… the Blairs’ instinctive sympathy has always been with Israel, and if Tony is vulnerable to any charge of partisanship, it is that he does not emotionally identify with the consistent repression of the Palestinian people.”
    – Robin Cook “The Point of Departure” (2003) p166, entry for 19 June, 2002.

  32. “Blair isn’t hate-filled and he isn’t in it for the money either, though that comes as a nice bonus. He is a psychopath, plain and simple.”

    How did he get into Labour politics. It wasn’t quite the traditional route, was it.

    And so loved by media, even in the early days.

    Made for the role.

  33. “I find it interesting that no matter how Russia has been governed; monarchy, communist dictatorship or “democratically” elected president, their imperial tendencies are exactly the same.”

    Yes let’s damn Russia for its imperialistic “tendency” while ignoring that it’s the US with their Blairite puppets in the UK, France and the Persian Gulf who have killed hundreds of thousand, and probably millions, and created at least ten million refugees in just the last few years in their efforts to remake the map of the Middle East and who are now pushing on with their Nazi friends in Kyiv to complete the encirclement of Russia, to be followed by the encirclement of China.

  34. I doubt most 18-24 year olds in the UK could say where Iraq was on a map either – not because they’re dumb or poorly educated but because most of them unfortunately just aren’t interested

  35. Once in a while, the mainstream media do their best to bring Blair back into the fold. But the public will never garner upon this war criminal and psychopath the recognition he craves.

  36. CanSpeccy, 6:50 pm; you were always a bit odd, but can you not see that you’re going quite mad? You’re obsessed with the reproduction rates of people from different countries and cultures. This is the stuff that preoccupied the Nazis and the eugenicists of the 20th century. People are people. You have to get over this “us and them” fixation; it’s unhealthy.

  37. Clark, whether you are a bit odd yourself, or perhaps stark staring mad, I don’t know, but what you and others of the liberal-left are doing is denying the ongoing genocide of the English while preening yourself on your superior morals, which seems contemptible to me.

    All creatures have an tendency to benefit their own kind and their closest kin at the expense of others. That is the law of life. Creatures that fail to put the interests of their own offspring and relatives and their own race over the interests of less closely related members of the same species lose out in the evolutionary contest. Technically, such behavior serves to maximize inclusive fitness, i.e., the representation of the individual’s genes in future generations.

    Liberal racial pseudo-science, touted as anti-racism, denies this fundamental law of evolutionary biology and thereby supports genocide of the English by promoting every kind of non-reproductive sex while encouraging mass immigration of people who, for the most part, regard liberal ideology with the contempt that it deserves.

    As a result, the English race is already more than half-way eliminated in London, Leicester, Luton, and Slough, and in Birmingham’s primary schools English children are not even the largest minority. Under the genocidal policies of all three main-line parties, the English will be a minority across the land within barely half a century.

    Liberals today have an attitude reminiscent of that of the pre-war Colonel Blimp: complacent, pig-headed and ignorant. They are the stupids who “rule” in a democratic society because they are the people most easily brainwashed by a treasonous elite.

    If pressed, some more intelligent liberals might justify universal destruction of the nation state as the necessary precondition for the New World Order, aka American Global hegemony. That, presumably, is why the globalists such as Craig Murray like to demonize the Russians as imperialists: it distracts attention from the imperialism of the cause they serve, while hastening, they hope, the destruction of Russia as an ethnically defined state.

  38. CanSpeccy,

    ” the ongoing genocide of the English”

    What a load of hysterical gibberish mate.

    Go and have a lie down will ya?

  39. Craig’s posts are like buses, you wait ages then four come at once.

  40. Jives, you’re a liberal-leftist wonder. Just like every other defender of genocide, you cannot apparently present a single argument or rebut a single fact: just the usual liberal leftist jeers and sneers. But just in case anyone visiting this blog is interested in clarification of what is happening and what is at stake:

    England, like the rest of Western Europe, has been occupied by the American empire since the end of WWII.

    What is the greatest threat to imperial control? Nationalism.

    How do empires combat nationalist opposition? Genocide.

    “The crime of the [German Nazi] Reich in wantonly and deliberately wiping out whole peoples is not utterly new in the world. It is only new in the civilized world as we have come to think of it. It is so new in the traditions of civilized man that he has no name for it.

    “It is for this reason that I took the liberty of inventing the word, “genocide.” … As Von Rundstedt has suggested the term does not necessarily signify mass killings although it may mean that.

    “More often it refers to a coordinated plan aimed at destruction of the essential foundations of the life of national groups so that these groups wither and die like plants that have suffered a blight. The end may be accomplished by the forced disintegration of political and social institutions, of the culture of the people, of their language, their national feelings and their religion. It may be accomplished by wiping out all basis of personal security, liberty, health and dignity. When these means fail the machine gun can always be utilized as a last resort. Genocide is directed against a national group as an entity and the attack on individuals is only secondary to the annihilation of the national group to which they belong” – Raphael Lemkin.

    The methods deployed by the puppets of empire, Heath, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Cameron, are slow but sure. The English are already more than half way eliminated in London, Luton, Leicester and Slough, and headed for minority status across the land within 50 years, a rather short time in the life of a nation.

  41. Craig’s posts are like buses, you wait ages then four come at once.

    All of them more or less empty.

  42. BrianFujisan

    24 Apr, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Ten things Proving Tony bliar’s ‘extremism’

    1, Tony bliar has never shown a shred of remorse for the extremism of mass slaughter and destruction for which he was directly responsible, not least in Iraq

    2, Tony bliar is a supporter of extremism around the world, whether it be the dictators in Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan, the despots ruling the oil states Kuwait and Bahrain, or Israel’s apartheid regime that occupies Palestinian land in contravention of international law and countless UN resolutions. When prime minister, not content with waging illegal wars, he was up to his neck in CIA torture and kidnapping ‘every step of the way’.

    5, bliar has called repeatedly for western military intervention in the Syrian civil war. He believes it was a terrible error that the west did not launch an air attack on Syria in August 2013. He says the west should impose no-fly zones and arm directly the Syrian rebels. He believes Britain should have invaded Syria, whether the British public wanted it or not (all opinion polls show a majority of the British public opposes intervention)..

    6, bliar’s lack of self awareness and remorse makes him a highly dangerous individual and totally unsuited to his role as envoy for peace in the Middle East. He supported Israel’s wars in Lebanon and Gaza. He never loses an opportunity to praise the Israeli apartheid state, one recent example being his sickening eulogy at the funeral of the mass murdering former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who he called “a giant of this land”.

    8, When under fire for his disastrous record, Tony Blair’s answer is to blame the Muslims. He attacks Islam as a means of absolving his wars from any connection or responsibility for atrocities like the London bombings on 7 July 2005 and the killing in 2013 of UK soldier Lee Rigby. He accuses Muslims of imposing an ideology based on the belief that there is one proper religion and only one proper view of it. As he well knows, this is not the view of most Muslims in most countries. It is true however of his allies in Saudi Arabia.

    9, bliar is an ‘extremist’ when it comes to accumulating vast personal wealth – now calculated to be over £70 million – by exploiting the contacts he made when he was prime minister, committing war crimes that should have seen him behind bars. He sells his services to merchant bankers, oil companies and despotic regimes such as Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. He is one of the world’s highest paid public speakers, often earning over £250,000 for one speech. He flies around in a £30 million private chartered jet. On top of this, he takes £435,000 a year from the British taxpayers, who finance the prime minister’s pension of £70,000 which he still draws, the £250,000 cost of his security and £115,000 for his ‘political office’…

    http://stopwar.org.uk/videos/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-extremism-of-tony-blair#.U1ibW1VdWqj

    And this is the kind of thing the murderous lying bastard supports –

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/04/israeli-soldiers-school.html

    Sad, touching Poem in the comments section… ‘I Am You’ By – Refaat Alareer

    The poem ends thus –

    All you have to do
    ‏Is close your eyes
    ‏(Seeing these days
    ‏Blinds our hearts.)
    ‏Close your eyes, tightly
    ‏So that you can see
    ‏In your mind’s eye.
    ‏Then look into the mirror.
    ‏One. Two.
    ‏I am you.
    ‏I am your past.
    ‏And killing me,
    ‏You kill you.

  43. Anon:
    Blair is very like “the portrait of Dorian Grey”.
    As the years progress, the poison that is inside the man begins to show in his face.
    He is a very evil person with no conscience.
    It is wishful thinking and I do believe that what goes around ,comes around.
    If he does die in bed, I hope that its his prison bed.
    Meanwhile declared costs of Chilcott are 7.5 million and growing as the war criminals circle their waggons and block any publication ,progress, or access to evidence of their crimes.The fact that it is allowed to happen shows that the UK really is a failed State.

  44. The perceived lack of knowledge of the position of Iraq on a map did not stop Americans putting these bumper stickers on their vehicles and signing up for the war in their thousands upon thousands.

    http://www.cafepress.ca/+iraq-war+bumper-stickers
    http://www.zazzle.co.uk/iraq+bumperstickers

    Mummies and Daddies even boasted of their children’s efforts such as ‘I Love My Navy Daughter’.

    ~~~

    Thanks Brian for your post and the short poem.

    Donny Darko I don’t think there will ever be a Chilcot Report. It was designed to be a piece of theatre for the Ac-Tors. BLiar is the consummate Ac-Tor.

  45. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Isn’t Tony Blair simply an Israeli govt mouthpiece?

    It’s possible that he doesn’t realise it himself, but he does seem to have been subverted; not that he was unsympathetic in the first place. One reading might be that Israel has had a lot of difficulty with Russia vis-a-vis Syria. The usual two-faced relationship failed when Russia proved to be inflexible on backing Assad, and supplied/planned to supply ( I’m not clear on whether they arrived) advanced missiles to him. These were seen by Israel, like anything else not giftwrapped and sent with love from the US, as a threat. Yeah, yeah, Hezbullah could have got their hands on them, but it was pretty obvious they weren’t going there. Tony has pull with the oligarchs, and – who knows? – with Putin, and can be relied on to point out the common interest in suppressing Syria and weakening – hopefully destroying – Iran. Which is always the Israeli endgame.

    Delighted to see Hamas and Fatah have managed to sink their differences, at least for now. Worth it, alone to hear the lying neo-nazi bastard Regev squirming when it was pointed out that for years the Israelis have declined to deal on the basis that not all Palestinians were represented ( thanks entirely to the Israelis) while the latest noises coming from Tel Aviv clearly indicate that Israel declines to deal when all Palestinians are represented, because Hamas will now be part of the process.

    A little earlier in the week, in this connection, it was entertaining to hear Joe Biden on the subject of Ukraine:

    “No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation,” Biden said. “We will never recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea.”

    US to urge return of West Bank to Palestine? I think not.

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Ukraine-calls-for-more-anti-terror-measures/25596062

  46. Ramzy Baroud on Indyk and the ‘peace talks’ pretence.

    Martin Indyk’s Galloping Horse
    Moral Crisis at Heart of Obama’s Peace

    by Ramzy Baroud / April 23rd, 2014

    To understand how thoughtless the US latest ‘peace process’ drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk.

    Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, was selected by Secretary of State John Kerry for the role of Special Envoy for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Under normal circumstances, Kerry’s selection may appear somewhat rational. Former ambassadors oftentimes possess the needed expertise to navigate challenging political landscapes in countries where they previously served. But these are not normal circumstances, and Indyk is hardly a diplomat in the strict use of the term.

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/04/martin-indyks-galloping-horse/

  47. “And there’s the rub. He’s sold his soul to the devil, he can feel the flames of hell licking at his heels, his credibility is disintegrating leaving him less and less to offer, and he knows that a time will come, maybe soon, when he’s worth more to them as a victim than a victor. And then he’ll find out what his devil’s contract is worth – they’ll throw him to the wolves to wring one more bit of use out of him.”

    Not a bad analysis, anode, he’s throshing for the warmongers global inc. now. This was followed by the latest shitbrained idea by this Government to radicalise Muslims some more.

    I find the drive by Cmdr. Ball of the Met nauseatingly stupid, trying to persuade mothers to inform on their jihadi inspired sons, primitive information gathering.
    Cmdr. Ball does not say that she will share all the information gathered in specific national call centres, with the NSA and GCHQ, she does not mention what will happen to radicalised young women and men who, despite this initiative, still go on to humanitarian and jihadi causes to Syria and elsewhere.

    what will it mean to a Muslim community to have young men arrested in the morning, who helped bring humanitarian aid to Syria.

    And what does this mean for all those Muslims who founght in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s effort, who, blessed by a priest/iman, went there to fight the Taliban, who swore an oath to kill for Queen and country? Will they have to worry about a wedding trip or for visiting relatives in Pakistan, because they have fought before?

    Is this measure discouraging young Muslims to serve in the Forces?

    This awful decision is well prepared and backed up, but will do nothing but radicalise Muslims some more, a game of nudge.

    Muslim mothers, women should resist this call which is nothing but primitive information gathering by a country prepared to arm mad Saudi paid jihadists as they see fit, but don’t want to see ‘rogue mercenaries’ they have not indoctrinated themselves.

    Dumbing down seems to have reached the highest echelons now.

  48. This post is on ICH with a strange title and a misspelling!

    Blair’s Trick

    By Craig Murry

    April 23, 2014 “ICH” – The greatest boost ever received by Islamic fundamentalism was the invasion of Iraq. Closely followed by extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo……….

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38322.htm

  49. You have exposed the hypocrisy of the powers-that-be who run this state Nevermind. They probably pretend not to see the irony.

  50. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 9:45 am

  51. The real failure in this country is to understand that the US is an Empire.

  52. Briar,

    Perhaps; my own perception is that is fairly widely understood – the problem is the people in the media and the political establishment who make a fat living from supporting it.

  53. “The real failure in this country is to understand that the US is an Empire.”

    And the UK is part of it.

    I think most people who contribute here are aware of US imperialistic aims for world domination, but there are one or two, paid and unpaid, who are in denial. There are still people who believe that global warming is not an issue. There are still some who believe 9/11 was not an inside job (but avoid calling for any kind of impartial investigation). As Tony Blair said, history will judge.

  54. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Following the money, Israel, Blair – the extent of Blair’s involvement in Israel’s effective annexation of the Gaza gas field may be new to some. This is the pretty straight sort of guy who had the fucking gall to represent himself as a mediator – and still does.

    http://mondediplo.com/blogs/israel-s-war-for-gaza-s-gas

    This is very well worth a read, IMO. Follow-the-money country, shows who gains from maintaining Gaza as an isolated ghetto slum. Blair among them.

  55. Craig,

    Can you see a distinction between hating Islam and hating Muslims?

  56. Some British Muslims see Islam as a greater adversary than Russia :-

    http://www.hizb.org.uk/current-affairs/islam-not-russia-represents-the-true-challenge-to-western-hegemony

  57. Thanks Baal, I have a lot of time for Nafeez Mosaddeque Ahmed, his analysis are well researched and spot on.

  58. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Jemand – looks like hizb.org (which you cited) have the same difficulty…

    http://www.hizb.org.uk/current-affairs/blair-says-the-ideological-struggle-against-islam-should-trump-every-other-agenda

    Problem being that “militant/fundamentalist/Salafist” Islam is ambiguous. It can make the distinction, or it can be taken, particularly by racialists and neocons, as dogwhistle politics for “Islam” without the distinction.

    In any case, there is little evidence that Blair himself intended a distinction from what I have to call moderate Islam; whether through naivete, or through his natural desire to ingratiate himself with his corporate and political allies he omitted to make one. And there is no doubt that by his own actions he has helped to create and enhance the desire for a potent and feared new Caliphate.

    Purely as an aside: If this were a Christian country, with a God-fearing, moral and devout population adhering to the Book’s teachings, it’s worth a moment to speculate on quite how interested the Salafists would be in changing our wicked ways, isn’t it? My guess is, not much.

  59. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 11:30 am

    I like him too, Nevermind.

    If Galloway actually completes “The Killing of Tony Blair”, and if the research is any good at all, it is going to be an extremely long film…

  60. O/T freely translated and just the guist of it. Shan’t translate the lot, but have not read anything of the incident here. Japan has also protested last week after having two Bears fly up and down their coastline.

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-russische-tu-95-bomber-testen-nato-luftabwehr-a-965866.html

    Two Bears, Tupolev 95 Russian Bombers have tested the air defences of the UK, the Netherlands and Germany yesterday, with two jets being scramled from Leuchars in Scotland and Volkel in Holland to ensure that they did nbot stray.

    The UK will send three fighter jets on permanent watch to Lithuania next week.

  61. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Never a week used to pass during the Cold War without a Tu-95 ‘Bear’ testing our defences, or perhaps just having a nice day out abroad. Contrary to someone’s assertion yesterday that we never let them into UK airspace, they could sometimes be seen near the Scottish coastline, I recall. Shots were never fired.

  62. Agreed Baal, except that when they appeared on forward radar, they were already greeted by fighter jets before they breached airspace, ideally, not after they have already scanned your defense reactions.

    what I’m saying is that we have become a tad slow and they would have picked that up.

  63. Correction. Thats 4 Typhoons that are being shifted to Lithuania next week.

  64. BZ,

    Tony Blair doesn’t interest me much except for the living lesson that he serves wrt delusional careerists who leave destruction in the wake of their ambitions.

    Certainly Muslims interpret and/or claim that anti-Islamic sentiments are inherently anti-Muslim, they would, wouldn’t they? And there will be people who purport to be only anti-Islam while secretly harbouring enjoyment of attacks against innocent Muslims. However, the distinction between anti-Islam and anti-Muslim must be made and defended.

    In regards to “dog whistling”, this is always a suspect, unproven/unproveable charge against critics of XYZ. It is conveniently self-serving to translate literal X into inaudible Y in order to tarnish an opponent with imaginary offences. Having said that, you have my blessings to cut Phoney Tony off at the legs by any means fair or foul.

  65. Hi Nevermind

    got your message the other day…

    yes be good to catch up again… i was at the Rest and Be Thankfull …having a wee rest Lol..after having come back from isle of Seil..on sunday… look forward to it :)

  66. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    …suspect, unproven/unproveable charge against critics of XYZ….

    Really? You only have to look at what the dogs do to see if someione is using a dogwhistle, inaudible as it may be to you.

    F’rinstance (now cached, so readable without a Paypal account):

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:UQacKscs-v4J:http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.586925%2Bblair+netanyahu+haaretz&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&hl=en&ct=clnk&gws_rd=cr

    “Tony Blair just endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu’s worldview”

    This will of course be seen as great news in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. For those around the world who despise either (or both) of the two men, this is further proof – if needed – that Blair has long ago crossed over to the dark side. It’s not only his dichotomy of the forces of enlightenment fighting the forces trying to plunge the world into a new dark age – but also his policy prescriptions proposed that tally with official and unofficial Israeli policies.

    Eh? What?

  67. Canspeccy,

    There’s really no point in attempting to argue rationally with posters like you.

    Genocide??

    You are deranged.

  68. Fucking Heartbreaking video….and they have been / are / want to ..be doing it all over the fkn place….

    From Iraq, With Love

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDbuFVyFMsk&feature=share

  69. It’s all kicking off in Eastern Ukraine right now. According to RT, 5000 Right Sector brownshirts are doing most of the attacking.

    Here are the latest neocon lies exposed. Robert Parry wrote a lot of the Iran/Contra stories in the 1980s. This one’s on another dodgy dossier:

    http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/23/nyt-retracts-russian-photo-scoop/

  70. So looking forward to some civilisation Brian…..

    Rasmussen has/is ramp/ing/ed up NATO’s responses, by air and sea, so he says, Germany is sending 6 Eurofighters and a ship into the effort and Minesweepers are having a manouvre in the Baltic and all sorts of ships are being dispatched into the eastern Med and the Baltic.

    Putin knows this game well from his KGB days, tit for tat will be the response. Sachalin might be a focus again, manouvres in Ossetia, who knows. Equally, China’s interests in some coral reefs in the south China sea, not to mention Taiwan, might also be tested.
    Blair sits on the sidelines egging and goading everyone on to have a go at fundamentalism globally, when, by his example, this involves lying to public and Parliament just as fundamentalists do.

    China’s relaitions with Russia, one could argue, are at the most cooperative friendly and most mutually beneficial today, dare I say this, more than they have ever been in past history. There still is the continuously oozing pustule of North Korea, but since they now have bought Ushers brewery, lock, stock and barrels and are producing proper beer, Hope is eternal….

    The US is thoroughly scared of such mutuality and its lack of access to Russia’s riches, its hopping mad that China will use Russian gas to become greener and possibly ever more dominant as global power brokers and large scale developers, as we can see from their African fervour.

    We should not allow NATO to be used to scare us into another cold war with Russia, its relevance, aims and objectives, has no meaning in a powerful South east Asia, US promises to support Japan militarily are not NATO promises, afaik.
    This sabre rattling could be detrimental to all our health.

    nevermind Fukushima

  71. Mike

    “According to RT, 5000 Right Sector brownshirts are doing most of the attacking.”

    Really? what a surprise from RT. I find those that can see through the mainstream media propaganda to which we are subjected, only to swallow wholesale every morsel of propaganda from an equally evil imperial power, not merely sad but puzzling.

    Those of us who know Eastern Europe well, realize that there are unpleasant drunken nationalist macho men of very far right views on both sides of the barricades. And special forces of rival imperial powers helping them on.

  72. Canspeccy

    What you are spouting is racism pure and simple – your claim that your views are supported by evolutionary biology are just laughable. if anything the evidence shows that those with mixed race backgrounds are more intelligent and beautiful than those with more pure ethnicity, and actually the evidence points to the fact that nearly all of us have rather mixed up DNA. Mixing of races as opposed to the in breeding you are so keen on is actually what evolution is about. Please return to your Neolithic cave.

  73. “I find those that can see through the mainstream media propaganda to which we are subjected, only to swallow wholesale every morsel of propaganda from an equally evil imperial power, not merely sad but puzzling.”

    Confirmation bias. They hate the West and support its enemies, and are prepared to believe anything that supports their views.

  74. Would it be fair to say that this is the first time since Vietnam that US hegemony has been challenged? All the intervening wars have been somewhat one-sided.

    Vietnam was at China’s backdoor, and Ukraine is at Russia’s. Vietcong… China v South Vietnam… US. Surely they don’t want another 10 years war ending in stalemate. Plus ca change…

  75. Peacewisher,

    I don’t think they did a bad job of resisting in Afghanistan, to be fair!

  76. Which “they”, Craig, and which war?

    Afghanistan mark 1: US obliquely resisting Russian hegemony (Charlie Wilson’s war..)
    Afghanistan mark 2: NATO, but very much US-led. Didn’t Russia keep well out of that one? Wouldn’t have seen Putin as a fan of the Taliban.

  77. I meant the Afghans did a good job of resisting the Yanks and their servants.

  78. True enough, Craig. I suppose it wasn’t a full scale war with half a million troops like Iraq. As ever, though, a tragic and needless orgy of heinous wounding and loss of life. I was amazed by the Enron connection, dated 1997, on the cover of “Murder in Samarkind”. Another war for oil?

  79. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    after having come back from isle of Seil..on sunday

    Hope you gave our regards to the weird shade of the late C.John Taylor, highland ‘artist’ and bampot extraordinaire –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clyBXE6K6WU

    5.11 in…includes poem containing traces of nuts.

  80. Craig, Russia may well have imperial ambitions (more likely a desire to dominate its “backyard”) but “equally evil”? I can think of a very long list of countries whose inhabitants might take a different view.

  81. Obomber, the hollow man, is running down aircraft steps and striding around Asia. China excepted. Cosying up to Abe. Wonder if Fukushima has been discussed. There should be a mahor international action to deal with it. Instead the pollution is spreading far and wide even to US Pacific shores.

    Obama says US will defend Japan in island dispute with China
    President on state visit to Japan warns against challenge to Tokyo’s administration of Senkaku islands
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/24/obama-in-japan-backs-status-quo-in-island-dispute-with-china

    He really is pathetic.

  82. …major international action….

  83. Pathetic and very dangerous, Mary, like all psychopaths.

    I get the feeling that the US is gearing up for something big. The “pivot to Asia” inevitably means neutering Russia and China’s ability to project power beyond their own borders. Ukraine is the new frontline in that strategy.

    And I don’t think the psychos care how it might escalate.

  84. @Mike: Is this to be Tony Blair’s “rapture”?

  85. Ha. I;m sure he’s watching the live feed on RT and drooling at the prospect…

  86. Mary, Mike,

    Obama shows his true colours. Japan and the US allies. How touching – just like WW2.

  87. BZ – “Really? You only have to look at what the dogs do to see if someione is using a dogwhistle, inaudible as it may be to you.”

    Well, there is a difference between stating something benign and observing a reaction on the one hand and subtly encouraging behaviour on the other.

    Accusers of ‘dog-whistling’ paradoxically (and comically, in my view) refer to the silence as proof that an inaudible message is being sent.

    “Can you hear that?”
    “What?”
    “The dog-whistle.”
    “No!”
    “That’s because the dog-whistle is only audible to dogs, not us humans.”
    “Oh, yeah. Now I can hear it.”
    “What?”
    “The silence of the dog-whistle.”

    Some politicians appear to hint at sympathies, disingenuously I suspect, and cautiously avoid more direct language that would prevent them from an embarrassing backdown in the event of a political backlash. But vague wording by politicians and self-serving interpretations by both supporters and opponents do not give us any clarity or certainty as to what is and what is not being communicated.

    I am not suggesting that Phoney Tony is not subtly communicating his preparedness to supply his services to big-cheque-writing fans. I take that for granted.

  88. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Can you name some of the oligarchs of the former Soviet space who have put tens of millions into Blair’s back pocket?

    A few more: (And see David @ 0856 above)

    Viktor Pinchuk, Ukraine, £500K to TB Faith Foundation*
    Oleg Deripaska, Russia, £300K to TB’s Breaking The Climate Deadlock* (moribund since 2011)
    Nizami Piriyev, Azerbaijan £100K (est) for single TB speech

    *Reminder: these charities don’t have separate transparent accounts – donations go through Windrush Ventures Ltd, LP and LLP and evaporate unaccountably. This may partly be to avoid inheritance tax –
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/dec/01/mystery-tony-blair-finances

    No outside “angel” investing cash in Blair Enterprises appears in the records. The structure is so artificial that in one part of it, Blair is, in effect, forming partnerships with himself.

    As David says, don’t talk about the Berezovsky. Or the Saudis, for that matter.

  89. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    24 Apr, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Mr Goss

    “I think most people who contribute here are aware of US imperialistic aims for world domination, but there are one or two, paid and unpaid, who are in denial.”
    __________________

    Well, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not one of those “most people”.

    BTW, you could drop the cheap “paid or unpaid” business. You effing Communist.

  90. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    Obviously, that isn’t tens of millions. The real cash stream doesn’t come from oligarchs’ generous donations in respect of business being put their way by Tone, although that must help. The heavy money comes from European and American taxpayers funding those forms of foreign aid which are in demand by autocrats. TB gets a rake-off on these to cover the vast expense of pointing out that they exist and putting up a brass plate in the autocrat’s capital. And he is additionally rewarded by JP Morgan and Zurich Insurance for the trade he can drum up from dodgy governments. I’m guessing. But that’s what it looks like. When Tone tells some dodgy and brutish state leader that he would like to work in partnership with him to deliver expensive and right-on improvements, Tone’s money isn’t on the line. The funding source is described in the most nebulous terms but is occasionally identifiable as an EU or UN initiative with which Tone has no formal connection whatever.

  91. Ba'al Zevul (Dark Artist)

    24 Apr, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Jemand,
    Just watch who can hear Blair, and responds favourably. And read the whole speech, if you haven’t. What he says, essentially, at one point, is that we can give up on Israel making peace with the Palestinians and instead attack everyone who threatens Israel in the hope that that will solve the Palestinian problem*. But he doesn’t say it very clearly. Keep your eye on the JPost to see who got the message…

    I think the Israelis are already very much aware that Blair is an honorary Chosen Person. He’s bought and paid for. And has no real need to impress them further. It’s more than a desire to please.

    *It will. Israel will then be able to expand its settlements and squeeze the Pals out completely, without let or hindrance.

  92. “We don’t take a position on this piece of land or this piece of rock but we do take a position on the peaceful resolution of these disputes.”

    Obama – Japan – April 2014

    Translation= “We don’t have an opinion on this piece of land or this piece of rock unless that land (Diegi Garcia) or rock (Gibralta?) is strategically important or commercially cardinal to us but we do not want China to take back $1.317 trillion they hold in US bonds.

  93. CanSpeccy wrote “The end may be accomplished by the forced disintegration of political and social institutions, of the culture of the people, of their language, their national feelings and their religion.”

    Not one of those has been done to British or English people. Their political system remains if anything backward, still using an electoral system that throws most votes in the bin unrepresented and unchanged since the 19th century.

    Has the English language been abolished or people discouraged from speaking it? No. Is is no longer the language taught in schools and the official language of government? It remains the language of education and government and the dominant language and there is no prospect of that changing.

    The government whether Labour or Conservative never shuts up about Britishness. The Anglican Christian Church remains the official state religion and the Pm bangs on about this being a “Christian country”.

    Can Speccy wrote “It may be accomplished by wiping out all basis of personal security, liberty, health and dignity.”

    While the NHS and welfare state and public services are being eroded this has been applied to immigrants and people applying for refugee status even more harshly than on people born here.

    You are giving all these definitions of genocide, not one of which applies to English or Scottish or Welsh people in the UK today. Not one. Give it up. You’re only making yourself look foolish.

  94. I just saw the whole speech on Bloomberg’s website and thought it was very good, with the qualification that Blair may have muddied his own waters by his treatment of China and Russia – not emphasizing human rights as much as cooperation in fighting terrorism. I would say that Boko Haram and ISIS are indeed a worrying sign of the threat from Islamism increasing. Also Blair’s support for the war in Iraq has unfortunately undermined his credibility and hence the ability to exert a good influence by means of this speech.

  95. Quel surprise!

    Israel suspends talks with Palestinian Authority over Fatah-Hamas unity deal
    Seeks clarifications of make-up and policy of new Palestinian government.

    By Barak Ravid | 17:56 24.04.14

    The diplomatic-security cabinet voted Thursday to suspend negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the PA’s unity agreement with Hamas the previous day.

    /..
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.587237

    or

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27146734

  96. BBC News on Middle East: still broadcasting the discredited trope of US as peace-makers

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1398333470.html

  97. C’mon, Mary. Millions of people believe them so they have to keep up the narrative! If they change their story all these people will start thinking… The question is, how long can they, or anyone else, keep up the lie(s) in these times of twitter, instagram, etc. Congrats to Brazil, by the way. Do you remember their stand-off with CNN way back in 2001?

  98. Craig said, ‘Blair of course has many tens of millions stuffed into his capacious back-pocket…’

    We remember £1.4 billion out of tax-paying wages in 2003/4 was underhandedly used to guarantee the BAE Al-Yamamah arms deal. Moving forward, Blair and his pal Lord Goldsmith attempted to block BAE and others bribery allegations on grounds of strategic national security (after consulting another mate, Saudi Prince Bandar) whose slush kitty funds weapons to proxy fighters in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/dec/15/politics.armstrade

    No company or individual was convicted of bribery and BAE paid a small fine.

    http://archive.today/SaMU

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6182125.stm

  99. doug scorgie

    24 Apr, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Turkey troop movements in Syria

    Erdogan has sent some 300 forces and several armored vehicles to the neighboring country to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, who was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Today Zaman daily said on Wednesday.

    The convoy also consists of six tanks and a food truck.
    Turkey considers the tomb of Suleyman Shah as sovereign Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921. The tomb is located in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.

    An Ottoman tomb in or near Qal’at Ja’bar has historically been associated with Suleyman Shah. In accordance with Article 9 of the Treaty of Ankara (1921) signed between France and Turkey, an area of 8000 meters square containing the tomb remained Turkish territory despite the main border between Syria and Turkey being some 100 km north, thereby creating a Turkish Exclave.

    ‘MILITARY REINFORCEMENT AT SYRIA TERRITORY IS PLANNED ACTIVITY’

    http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/04/24/military-reinforcement-at-syria-territory-is-planned-activity

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