Saturday, November 18, 2006

Blair Suggests Syria, Iran Could Play "Constructive" Role In Middle East Peace Process

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a television interview that Syria and Iran could play a "constructive" role in the Middle East.

Blair said it was absurd to suggest that talking to the countries amounted to "appeasement."

The interview was conducted by Sir David Frost for the new al-Jazeera English-language television channel.

It's quite a different philosophy from the Bush Administration, which has long favored tough talk to diplomacy with countries it considers evil. It hasn't worked, but that hasn't stopped our leadership from, er, staying the course.

As John McLaughlin, CIA deputy director from 2000 to 2004, noted in July: "(E)ven superpowers have to talk to bad guys. The absence of a diplomatic relationship with Iran and the deterioration of the one with Syria ... leave the United States with fewer options and levers than might otherwise have been the case."

Will the Bush Administration listen to Blair, one of its staunchest allies in the "war on terror?" My guess is no.

6 Comments:

Anonymous 4MoronicYears said...

Blair entertains a "duh" moment. Smashing.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Toots said...

Ya Think???????
The Iraqi Occupation has gone on longer than WW II or WW I and they are just now figuring out neighbors might have some influence... Who votes for these brilliant people?

1:31 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Personally, I don't see what possible good will come of engaging Iran in talks about finding a solution in Iraq, considering that it's Iran that is supporting the current insurgency there in the first place. Talk about a "DUH".

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already has a solution for Iraq and all of the Middle East, Europe, North America and the entire world, and it's kind of similar to the Nazis' "Final Solution".

And talking works so well, too. Great progress the Europeans have had with persuading Iran to shelve ambitions for their nuclear weapons program. You can see that Iran's president is really open to suggestions. :rolleyes:

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already has a solution for Iraq and all of the Middle East, Europe, North America and the entire world, and it's kind of similar to the Nazis' "Final Solution".

And down in the security of their bomb shelter, the paranoid, schizoid Republicans can smoke little pipes and conjure among themselves all kinds of delusional Islamic world domination fantasies.
They will jeer and mock the world above for "failing to comprehend the true Islamic threat" as imposed upon them by their master and leader of the sheep Bubba Bush.
Baaaa. Bubba Bush. Baaaaa Bubba Bush...

10:54 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Anonymous, I wouldn't know where to begin to address someone as ignorant and in denial as yourself.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

And in that article where Frost had asked Blair about Iraq being a "disaster", this is what Blair had actually responded, just to provide a little context for anyone who may not have read the piece.

(Tony Blair)
"It's not difficult because of some accident in planning.

It's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy - al-Qaeda with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other - to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war."

2:30 PM  

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