Posted by AssyrianVoices4Peace from dialup-126.96.36.199.Dial1.LosAngeles1.Level3.net (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 0:09AM :
Sunday October 13, 2002
Even Andrew Rawnsley has now fallen for the Blairite spin that our Prime Minister has a moderating influence over Washington's policy on Iraq/the Middle East (Comment, last week). There is no evidence for this. Washington only started taking an interest in UN involvement after a number of senior Republicans and Democrats started querying the wisdom of a unilateral onslaught on Iraq.
It is also worth remembering that Tony Blair, together with Bill Clinton and George Bush, is morally responsible for the death of at least 1.5 million Iraqis since the imposition of sanctions on Iraq and for the continued bombardment of Iraq over its 'no-fly zones'. Hardly what you might call a moderating and neutral influence.
Why does Tony Blair keep kowtowing to Bush (not just over Iraq but also over environmental and human rights treaties) when it means ignoring the opinion of the majority that he has diminished this country's reputation abroad, caused division in the EU and will further increase suffering in Iraq?
Harrogate, N. Yorks
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