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Blair to the Rescue?

recorded 6-27-07

 

1) 3:48 Long Radio Essay Mp3

2) 2:30 Short Radio Essay Mp3

Blair to the Rescue?

[col. writ. 6/27/07 (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

    With the news that former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is named Middle East-Palestinian peace and democracy envoy, comes irony after irony.

    For how can Tony Blair be expected to teach the poor, benighted Palestinians how to 'build a functioning democracy,' when his leadership in the UK in the last decade has been the very antithesis of democracy?

    Tony Blair, who rushed his own nation to an unnecessary   (and illegal!) war against the wishes of the vast majority of the British people, can perhaps teach many things, but democracy?

    Blair, a clone of the Clinton doctrine, is, at heart, a neo liberal, who serves the same business and corporate interests as the old conservatives.

    His new, U.S. backed appointment, is an effort by the neo liberal movement, to spread their political poisons to new political figures in Palestine.

    Will Blair teach the Palestinians to respect the will of the electorate, when they condemned the elected government of Palestine -Hamas? Blair will doubtless teach the art of politicking against the interests of the broad majority of the electorate, in their names, on behalf of the few, the wealthy and the established.

    For, despite the fancy rhetoric, the sweet phrasings, the educated tones of Blair's practiced oratory, there are few in today's England who can persuasively argue that either the U.K., or the Labour Party, is better off after the passage of Blair's term as the country's foremost political leader.

    Blair's unflinching fealty to the Bush administration has left Britain in a far more precarious position than it was before. The threat of terrorism has increased, not decreased.

    As for the Labour Party, which should represent the interests of the broadest sectors of British society (i.e., the working class), it has instead stood for the interests of the narrowest sector, the elites, the industrialists, the International banking interests that are profiting from the plunder in the Middle East.

    Bush, at least had an excuse (albeit a venal one), for his role in creating sheer havoc in Iraq and beyond. He cut his teeth in the business world as an oil man, an executive for Hearken Oil in Texas.

    For him, oil is life (and better, profit!.)

    Blair, on the other hand, sought the role of junior partner, so as to ensure that British industry would have it's place in the U.S. dominated pool.

    But the pool is full of blood, not oil.

    And how could Blair, one of the world's primary fomenters of violence in the Middle East, now stump for peace in the same area?

    It's like appointing the fox to guard the hen house!

    If history has taught us anything, it is that outsiders make poor peacemakers in the homes of others.

    Britain, for that matter, in the person of Lord Balfour, created the present Palestinian-Israeli crisis, by betraying the interests of the Palestinians in the infamous Balfour Declaration, which blithely ceded Arab lands to Jewish settlers from Europe and America.

    Will we see, in years hence, a Blair Declaration? Will it deliver the coup de grace that virtually eliminates the Palestinian  people's will under the illusion of an empty, powerless statehood?

    The past does not bode well.

    Blair is an envoy, but what will he bring --besides more shattered dreams?

(c) '07 maj

 

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