Tony Blair is to make a speech outlining how Iran and Syria could be involved in helping the coalition to curb the violence in Iraq and assist in
stabilising the region. His belief seems to be that in addition to the Iraqi situation, the Israeli-Palestinian situation must also be addressed.
The UK prime minister believes the two states should be warned of the consequences of failing to help as part of a "whole" strategy for the
In a major foreign policy speech in London he will also defend the UK's close relationship with the US.
Earlier, the White House indicated it would consider talking to Iran and Syria about the future of Iraq.
Mr Blair's address to the Lord Mayor's banquet at the Guildhall will "make clear to Syria and Iran the basis on which they can help the peaceful
development of the Middle East rather than hinder it, and the consequences of not doing so", an aide said.
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Reading the comments from Mr Blair in the BBC report, it looks like a veiled threat rather than a plea for talks. Stating that Iran and Syria
"Should be warned of the consequencesof failing to help" comes across as threatening rather than conciliatory.
It would seem that our current "whole" strategy for the region is, and always has been, a complete disaster, based primarily on concessions and
gains for Western influence and profit.
In defending the UK's "close relationship" with the US, he also ignores the feelings of the people of the UK who, according to recent polls, feel
very differently. Not that most are necessarily anti-American, just that they happen to see our government pandering to US foreign policy rather than
dealing with issues at home.
So far, the US has ignored requests for dialogue from Iran and Israel has ignored similar requests from Syria. How can there ever be any peace when
any talks that are requested from our side are loaded with pre-conditions?
This just looks like another political grandstanding event by someone who is up to his eyeballs in creating the current situation.
[edit on 2006-11-13 by wecomeinpeace]