Tony Blair is running for his life.
First the UK troop withdrawal... and now, Blair is attempting to placate the Muslim voters and the Left fringe of Labour by hinting that the UK may deal with Hamas.
Speaking in London just before a scheduled meeting with Palestinian capo Mahmoud Abbas, British PM Blair said he thought the Mecca Agreement for a Palestinian unity government was just dandy, even if it neglected to recognize Israel, renounce terrorism or agree to commit to all the prior agrements it made with Israel from Oslo on. He even said he looked forward to working with officials from Hamas.
"It's far easier to deal with the situation in Palestine if there is a national unity government," he said. "I hope we can make progress, including even with the more sensible elements of Hamas."
The Financial Times article I linked to here quotes an unnamed `British government official' as saying "We have to find a way forward here, and if we find people we can do business with we have to work with that."
I smell a Munich Moment coming on.
Of course, what people like Blair and that unnamed British official believe (along with many Europeans) is that if the leetle problem of Israel is solved, peace will reign in the Middle East, Iran will stop its quest for nuclear weapons and most importantly, the restive Muslim population in Britain and Europe will leave the status quo in peace.
They couldn't be more wrong, and they will find it out in the not too distant future.