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Saturday, November 18, 2006


Al Jazeera English hits the jackpot in its first week--Tony Blair admits that Iraq is a disaster:
Questioning Blair on Al-Jazeera's new English-language channel, in an interview broadcast late Friday, broadcaster Sir David Frost suggested that the 2003 invasion of Iraq, backed by Britain despite widespread criticism, had "so far been pretty much of a disaster".

"It has," Blair said, before adding quickly: "But you see, what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? 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."

Downing Street insisted Saturday that Blair's comments had been misrepresented.

"The Prime Minister does not use the word disaster," a spokesperson told AFP.

"What he does is set out that the violence in Iraq is of course hugely regrettable, tragic and very very difficult, but that this violence is a result of malicious external intervention, not some planning error three years ago."
While Blair is far more articulate than Bush, he shares the same enormous blind spot when it comes to accusing others of the things he is most guilty of. Imagine saying "the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war" without even recognizing that that's exactly what he and Bush did nearly four years ago, leading to this disaster (a word which apparently isn't in Blair's Newspeak dictionary, although he knows it when he hears it).

And "this violence is a result of malicious external intervention?" No doubt about that. US and British troops invaded Iraq in March, 2003, and it has been getting worse ever since.