Friday, June 18, 2010

Not impressed with Tony Blair!

On Charlie Rose, one of my favorite TV talk show, Blair was talking about his official new responsibility, that of official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and Russia. I've never been found of Blair, but on this interview, he startled me as being clueless and shockingly ignorant of a subject – the Israel-Palestinian conflict – he should master better than his host Charlie Rose. It was, in fact, quite the opposite.

There are of course, two obvious strikes against Blair. First, the man has deep feelings for Israel, born in part from his faith and because he's been a long time member of the Pro-Israel lobby group Labour Friends of Israel. Second, like most ex-political leaders, he's too busy piling up money doing speaking engagements, special appearances and consulting gigs, and spends no quality-time on his special envoy mission. Finally, this goes to show that certain politicians are only good at getting elected and no much else. I think there's is no creative spark inside Tony Blair, that he's most an obstacle than a facilitator in this peace process, and what a better proof than his unconditional support for the Iraq war!

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