Notes From the Margins…

Once More Into the Abyss, Chaps

  • June 26, 2013
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Whenever the Quartet”s “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair makes any pronouncement on the great issues in the Middle East, you can always guarantee that the missile silos are being readied for action.  Last week Blair took time out from his unctuous tribute to Shimon Peres to call for the establishment of no-fly zones over Syria in order to avoid “catastrophic consequences.”

This urgency was based on the “confirmation” by British and US intelligence services of the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, which according to Blair, means that “we” must now act immediately to prevent such weapons becoming the norm.

At a speech to the 2013 Presidential Conference hosted by Peres, he condemned “the predominant emotion in the West today …to stay out of Syria; indeed to stay out of the region”s politics” and insisted, just as he once did back in 2002 and 2003 in a different context, that “as every day that passes shows, the cost of staying out may be paid in a higher price later….

My latest piece for Ceasefire magazine.   You can read the whole piece here.

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