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The madness of warmonger Blair.

Byline: BRIAN READE

I FELT quite optimistic about life when I saw what George W Bush was doing in retirement.

Tracing photographs on to canvases, then tossing paint on them before passing them off as serious portraits of world leaders.

They may have looked like those Mr Potato Head efforts four-year-olds scrawl on their first day at nursery, but at least it showed Dick Dastardly had moved on from trying to blow up the world. Shame about Muttley.

MUDDLED

In case you missed it, in a keynote speech this week, Tony Blair called on the West to link up with Russia and China and start a worldwide revolution against Islamist radicals.

To give peace a chance by starting a world war against a largely undetectable enemy.

That's good old Christian fundamentalism for you, from someone who started off as a half-decent Labour Prime Minister, got stoned on neo-con adulation, and morphed into a cross between David Icke and Hannibal Lecter.

For a so-called liberal who has spent so long in the Middle East grappling with a hugely complex situation, his latest analysis was frighteningly muddled.

Or "woeful" and "damaging to the UK" as a top British diplomat put it. Blair wants us to intervene against Syrian despot Bashar al Assad in support of the opposition. Which is a rag-bag collection containing Islamist fundamentalists, of which al Qaeda are only one group. Go figure, as they say in Texas.

He offers unswerving support to the Egyptian junta which overthrew a democratically elected government, and which violently suppresses their own people and jails foreign journalists.

He wants us to overlook China and Russia's appalling human rights abuses, so long as they'll join his modern-day crusade against Islam. But then when the two countries he permanently sucks up to in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia and Israel, maybe human rights issues don't matter that much to him.

He warns of the rise of Muslim extremism, neatly forgetting that because of his unswerving support for Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq, he was deputy chief recruitment officer for its cause. The Jihadmeister General.

It's Blair's lack of self-awareness or regret over Iraq that is most chilling. A report from the Royal United Services Institute this week concluded that Britain's role in Iraq seriously radicalised young British Muslims and helped promote global terrorism.

It also claimed that the financial cost to Britain of the two unsuccessful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when long-term veteran care is factored in, will rise above PS60billion.

How many lives could the NHS have saved with that?

SKINT

Yet Blair believes our skint country needs to re-start the war machine to waste more lives and more billions.

If I was him I'd retire to one of the seven homes he's bought on the wealth earned in America on the back of his gung-ho butt kicking and count his PS20 million fortune. While reflecting on the fortune that's kept him out of a war crimes court.

Or cadge a room in his buddy's mansion in Crawford, Texas (he used to be very good at holiday house-cadging) and pick up a paint brush.

Well it's better than the blood drenched shovel he keeps using to dig his credibility deeper into a mass grave.

He's a cross between David Icke & Hannibal Lecter...
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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