Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Well,it's official -Tony Blair named `Middle East Peace Envoy'

As I predicted, Tony Blair was named as the special Middle East peace envoy for the so-called Quartet..the US, the EU, Russia and the UN.

"Following discussions among the principals, today the quartet dealing with the Middle East is announcing the appointment of Tony Blair as the quartet's representative," said UN spokesperson Michele Montas.

Apparently representatives of the `Quartet' - clinched the deal offering Blair the post yesterday.If the UN and Russia went along with it, that pretty much says it all.

Of course, Blair repeated the mantra and the cathecism of the Quartet:

"The absolute priority is to try to give effect to what is now the consensus across the international community that the only way of bringing stability and peace in the Middle East is a two state solution.... this means a state of Israel which is secure and confident in its security, and a Palestinian state that is not merely viable in terms of its territory but in terms of its institutions and governance".

This is a ridiculous choice if the envoy is supposed to be impartial and work for a real and lasting peace between the parties, considering the historically pro-Palestinian and pro-Arab stance of Blair's Labour government in Britain, the de facto arms embargo on Israel that even extended to ejection mechanisms designed to save the lives of Israeli pilots and the Labour Party's dependence on Muslim votes to stay in power.

Of course, it's not at all ridiculous if the idea is to have an `impartial' envoy aiding in squeezing Israel on dangerous and one sided strategic concessions in exchange for Arab assurances.

That's certainly worked well for Israel and the US in the past, hasn't it?

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