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Friends Reunited: Blair and Bush Team Up to Sell New War
Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:59
by Chris Floyd

My latest guest-blogging piece for Glenn Greenwald is up over at Salon.com right now. You can find it here. Below are some brief excerpts:
You can't teach an old lapdog new tricks. And Tony Blair was barking up the wrong tree yet again last week in his first major appearance since he skulked ingloriously away from office back in June. Blair seized the opportunity of a New York speech to trumpet the blood libel that Iran is now the embodiment of the entire "global ideology" of Islamic extremism, explicitly conflating the Tehran regime not only with al-Qaida but also with Nazi Germany...

The Bushists would say (if you were allowed to pierce the veil of their various, conflicting lies) that all of this is necessary — all this death, all this ruin, all this rapine of foreign lands and hardening repression at home — to keep Americans living high on the hog, devouring a vastly disproportionate share of the world's resources. This is not a very heroic notion, of course, especially for a people told every day of their lives that they are the most special, God-blessed human beings who ever walked the face of the earth. Far better to be lied to, and told that the terror war is a noble crusade for freedom for the oppressed and security for our children. (even if the Iraq part has been "mismanaged"; but we can fix that, and do the next one "right"). "We're doing all this for them," Dick Cheney might say, waving his hand at the window toward the rabble passing by below. "We're taking on the burden of this bloodshed and toil and lies because they want us to — and they damn sure don't want to hear about it."

There is much truth in this, as far as it goes; but it hides an even deeper lie. For as we all know, more and more Americans are not living high on the hog. Their cities are crumbling, their public services and healthcare are diminishing (or being sold off to indifferent profit gougers), their jobs are being lost or left in constant peril; most of them are just one serious illness or accident or personal catastrophe away from lifelong penury. They are no longer reaping the benefits of the long, long march of militarism and empire that has found its culmination in the "war on terror." So where are those benefits going?

See if you can guess the answer.

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BlairSupporter said:

Blair & Bush - selling a "new war"
A couple of little points I'd like to make regarding your post - if you don't mind.

Since you are "based in Britain" you should know that Tony Blair did not "skulk ingloriously" from office. He had no desire to leave but some in his party thought they'd had enough of his "centrist/rightist" views. He was pushed, though he managed to choose the date, which is what history will record. It was no more about Iraq than about changes to the health and education services, probably all three. And of course about thwarted personal ambition.

As for Blair's "bloodlust trumpeting" - I actually thought it was rather mild, and more of a warning for the future than a call for invading Iran.

In fact you seem to think that keeping down our enemies is not necessarily a bad thing:

"There is much truth in this, as far as it goes"

Still, if you don't trust your own government, there's not a lot of point in complaining, really, is there?

You need to start, imho, from the position that we actually have democratically elected leaders who don't kill people for adultery, or flout the rest of the internationally community's agreed laws/rules/understandings etc. And, it seems, whether the people want it or not, we can have bloodless coups to get rid of them if we can't wait for democracy to kick in.

Or you could always move to a Middle East country. But better leave your wife behind!

And if we do not today have our longed-for high standard of living in the west, I suppose we could ask ourselves if it would be better in the (Mid)east.

We still have our freedoms, and to me, that's the most important thing.

Couldn't it just be that Blair & even Bush are RIGHT?

Couldn't it?

All the best.


; but it hides an even deeper lie.

October 25, 2007
Votes: +0

P. Crosby said:

In referance to last comment.

I'm from the uk and I will speculate on the freedom you expressed in your post.

There are roughly 6 million CCTV cameras in the UK estimating 1 camera for every 10 people. Labour thought this was a fantastic idea in tackling crime but in fact minor and especially violent crime increased during this CCTV revolution.
How can a government implement policies in tackling crime when Gordon Brown was selected instead of elected prime minister.
Why is it that social deprivation and crime are so connected. National minimum wage in relation to council tax, fuel and car tax, pole tax, national insurance, gas and electric and other stealth taxes have increased (especially council tax) under Labour.
A single working class guy working a minimum 40 hours a week is probably left with £10-£20 for himself/herself after all those bills, while he can easily and protentially earn a fortune living a life in crime.
How can you fight crime when social deprivation breeds crime...

Please don't say working class people should get off their lazy butts and go to college and university (expensive) and get a real job when graduates are just starting to realise they're are arn't enough jobs allocated for their qualifications. Don't forget 1 in 5 of children leaving primary schools are illiterate and instead probably heading for a life in crime instead. Thanks Tony for your legacy.

After all that said CCTV is a tool for the very criminals who decided to illegaly invade Afganistan, Iraq and Somolia in their genocidal war on resources.

Couldn't it just be that Blair and even Bush are wrong?

October 25, 2007
Votes: +0

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