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Blair Blames Dissidents, Media for Failures in the ‘War on Terror’

From the UK’s The Independent:

Tony Blair has turned the blame for his disastrous military campaigns in the Middle East on anti-war dissidents and the media.

Warning it would take the West another 20 years to defeat Islamic terrorism, the Prime Minister used a wide-ranging “swansong” lecture on defence to denounce critics and the media who have been a thorn in his side since the invasion of Iraq.

He also dismissed those – including many defence chiefs – who claimed the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath had fuelled insurgents and terrorism.

The Prime Minister rejected as “ludicrous” the notion that removing two dictatorships in Afghanistan and Iraq and replacing them with a UN-backed process to democracy had made Britain a greater target for international terrorism.

However, Mr Blair’s speech last night provoked widespread criticism from MPs and military chiefs.

Speaking to an invited audience of military commanders and academics on board a warship in Plymouth, the Prime Minister disclosed his fears that the West no longer had the stomach for sustained military campaigns. He also appeared to blame the media for the global outrage provoked by the war in Iraq.

“[Islamic terrorists] have realised two things: the power of terrorism to cause chaos, hinder and displace political progress especially through suicide missions; and the reluctance of Western opinion to countenance long campaigns, especially when the account it receives is via a modern media driven by the impact of pictures.

“They now know that if a suicide bomber kills 100 completely innocent people in Baghdad, in defiance of the wishes of the majority of Iraqis who voted for a non-sectarian government, then the image presented to a Western public is as likely to be, more likely to be, one of a failed Western policy, not another outrage against democracy.”

Acknowledging the public backlash against the Iraq war, Mr Blair said: “Public opinion will be divided, feel that the cost is too great, the campaign too long, and be unnerved by the absence of ‘victory’ in the normal way they would reckon it.

But the Prime Minister added: “They will be constantly bombarded by the propaganda of the enemy, often quite sympathetically treated by their own media, to the effect that it’s really all ‘our’, that is the West’s fault. That, in turn, impacts on the feelings of our armed forces. They want public opinion not just behind them but behind their mission.”

Constantly bombarded by the propaganda of the enemy. Hmmm…which enemy, exactly? Veterans Against the War?

Unlike Mr. Blair, I am thankful for a “modern media driven by the impact of pictures.” The camera in the field does not lie as easily as servile politicians safe at home.


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 1/14/07 at 2:55 pm

    Important article and just shows the extent to which B-liar has lost it. Thanks for posting the link on my Fisk-terror thread, much appreciated and have responded to it there as well. Love the second half of the article that unpacks Blair’s “delusional ramblings” and shows up his contemptible rhetoric for the complete crap it is! I’m sure the British Labour Party are just counting down the days now to the current Prime Miniature’s vaunted departure.

  2. Quran Bible said, on 1/15/07 at 10:51 am

    Why Blair and Bush believe that the Iraqis must submit themselves to their illegal criminal occupation of Iraq? Why they believed that there will be no resistance to their occupation?

    Media too is not completely honest when reporting the truth. Iraq invasion started on CNN like 24/7 reality show where they were cheering all the movements of US military. Now the same news anchors who were the cheerleaders are citising the war. Ted Turner was very honest telling Wolf Blitzer that CNN sold Iraq war to American public on prime time.

    The UK and US government and media are poll driven, they are not really honest and truthful.

  3. Curtis said, on 1/15/07 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you both, I thought this address was particularly atrocious and irresponsible.

    I am not sure that Bush or Blair ever believed that there would be no resistance; but definitely they were confident, to an extent, in their abilities to use that resistance to the advantage of their agendas.

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