Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Brutal? Yes, Truth...

Tony Blair's latest speech to the TUC just had me foaming at the mouth with fury. Firstly there was the string of excuses for his attrocious policy-making:

1) "government is a hard, difficult business."

2) "for those of you who think that you'll ever get a government where everything is fine - that doesn't happen."

3) "the brutal truth about all politicians and all political leaders is that you have your difficult times and have your better times"

4) "the decisions you take are often very, very hard to take"

If the job's too hard for you Tony - give it to someone who can do it. Like me...

Secondly, there were some protestors there with banners saying "Troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq" and he told them (quoting from the radio here, it's not in the article, nor in the official scripts because it was a response to what was going on) "we have to protect democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq against the threats from the Taleban and Al Qaeda". Now I fully accept that the Taleban would like to run Afghanistan but if Al Qaeda are in Iraq, then thats our fault. Saddam Hussein while not at all a nice guy was definitely keeping Islamic fundamentalists out of his country. The struggles in Iraq right now are a mixture of trouble we stirred up and attempts to get us out.

What I see and hear when Tony Blair speaks is a the paranoia of someone who knows they've done a terrible terrible thing and is clutching at straws to try to cover their own back. I strongly doubt Gordon Brown is any better but he couldn't be any worse.

4 comments:

Iceman said...

"1) "government is a hard, difficult business.""

Mommy, it's sooo hard! Make these mean people stop!

"4) "the decisions you take are often very, very hard to take""

The decision to avoid the Iraq war wasn't difficult at all for anyone paying attention.

"we have to protect democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq against the threats from the Taleban and Al Qaeda"

What democracies? The one that barely runs the city of Kabul(and that the US and UK pretty much abandoned to chase imaginary weapons of mass destruction in Iraq) or the one that is dominated by religious fundamentalists tied with Iran (and that barely runs anything itself)?

"Now I fully accept that the Taleban would like to run Afghanistan but if Al Qaeda are in Iraq, then thats our fault. Saddam Hussein while not at all a nice guy was definitely keeping Islamic fundamentalists out of his country."

What is so difficult for Bush to understand about the differences between Sunni and Shiite, between secular and fundamentalist, between nationalists and jihadists? Horrible as Saddam was, he had nothing to do with Al Qaeda, and was the mortal enemy of Iran.

"What I see and hear when Tony Blair speaks is a the paranoia of someone who knows they've done a terrible terrible thing and is clutching at straws to try to cover their own back."

His big mistake was to trust George W. Bush, who has the credibility of a Nigerian scam email. Blair should have listened to the French and German governments, and the vast majority of British citizens who opposed the war - we might not all be in this situation right now.

partykillgirl said...

I strongly doubt Gordon Brown is any better but he couldn't be any worse.

....
That's a very dangerous thing to say.

Sarah Louise Parry said...

Dog with a tail between his legs springs to mind...

staghounds said...

Someone else can ALWAYS be worse.

I mean, in 1924, who could have imagined someone worse than Lenin?