Inside the Middle East
January 27, 2011
Posted: 724 GMT

We did this interview with the Quartet's envoy Tony Blair the day after Al-Jazeera released new leaked documents detailing British involvement in supporting the development of Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank, some of which have been involved in human rights abuses including torture of prisoners according to various human rights organizations. Blair also takes aim at the Qatar-based news network for the way the documents have been released.

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John A   January 27th, 2011 10:43 am ET

Tony Blair has zero credibility or respect within the United Kingdom.

Why does CNN displaying this war criminal? The only interesting thing about Blair, is how many questions he avoids and how many lies can he fit into one sentence.

Any chance a credible and honest representative from the west can be found to replace this BS artist?

Ussliberty   January 27th, 2011 5:00 pm ET

Quite right John – I thought the US likes to extradite war criminals and people whose lies have leached billions from US tax payers in unjust and disasterous wars. This is a man who shoul be on trial for his life. He is responsible for shafting his cabinet, the British people but worst of all, the Iraqis, the Palestinians and the Afghans. He's the devil incarnate.

Yusil   January 27th, 2011 5:43 pm ET

Tony Blair will be declared a war criminal in the future and brought before the International court in The Hague. The legal process has began in England.
This man arrogantly and openly flouted the wishes of the British electorate. He dismissed the advice of his chief legal counsel that going to war against Iraq was illegal under International law. As a result he was thrown out of office.
What credibility does this man have? On numerous occasions, he has clearly been biased against the Palestinians and sided with the Israelis. The British involvement without Blair is considerably less bias.
He should remove himself or be removed from the ME process.
This man does not deserve the public forum that CNN repeatedly gives him.

miriam   January 27th, 2011 7:18 pm ET

John A,

Not everyone in the UK is anti-war, anti-West, anti-US or anti-Israel like you. So your comments are rather presumptive.

The West appointed Blair to his position as an honest, credible and respected representative.

Blair has worked hard to further the search for peace in the ME, has a reasonable idea of what is going on and what is and isn't realistic and appreciates the damaging effect of these leaks that are designed to bury the peace process, destroy Israel and allow Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to takeover the ME and beyond.

Perhaps your misguided opinions happen to be in the minority.

Yusil   January 28th, 2011 4:49 pm ET

Tony Blair will be declared a war criminal in the future and brought before the International court in The Hague. This man arrogantly and openly flouted the wishes of the British electorate. He dismissed the advice of his chief legal counsel that going to war against Iraq was illegal under International law. As a result he was thrown out of office.
What credibility does this man have? On numerous occasions, he has clearly been biased against the Palestinians and sided with the Israelis. The British involvement without Blair is considerably less bias.
He should remove himself or be removed from the ME process.

George Davis   January 29th, 2011 6:57 pm ET

My comment with regards to the Middle East dilemma is just a simple propostion.Not until the American Secretary of State become the sole referee in the region at present the de facto authority for mid east affairs rest solely with the unelected body AIPAC which seems to have the power of veto in any attempt to resolve the position.What is also baffling is how can the USA be an impartial arbitrator when it is both paymaster and armourer to the state of Israel.Tony Blair is a busted flush in the UK and I suppose not many in the region would be comfortable with his contribution. Seeing his recent interview on the Palestine papers promptd this query. Yours sincerely GVDavis

Billy Spudd   January 29th, 2011 8:40 pm ET

Blair is a disgrace to the West and Great Britain. He entered into treason committed by Bush to favor Israeli foreign policy. He should be in jail. It is too bad England stopped Drawing and Quartering traitors. He is a prime candidate for such punishment.

proud zionist   January 30th, 2011 7:08 am ET

Geaoge Davis

Yes, we all saw the power AIPAC wields when they opposed the AWACS sale to the Saudis, remember?

John A   January 30th, 2011 12:32 pm ET

Proud Zionist, you are blind to all truths.

The Saudi Royalty is a dictatorship which is armed and protected by the USA. Just as the Egyptian President is another middle east dictator armed and supported by the USA. The many dictators which are supported by the USA have agreed to betray their people, give as much oil as the USA wants and side with Israel.

America's hypocrisy and mafia approach to the middle east is based on oil and Israel. The only sure thing is Americas immorality and its scam state Israel will not survive truth and justice. Soon enough both the USA and Israel will fall. If you pay attention, you will note the fall is already in motion.

miriam   January 30th, 2011 5:44 pm ET

George and Yusil,

Knee-jerk accusations of bias thrown at anyone who expresses support for Israel is evidence of blind anti-Zionism based on lies, myths and disinformation.

Just like some of these international leaders, if one attempts to honestly understand the ME, its history, politics and culture, without a biased, pre-conceived agenda, then it is clear that comments such as yours are baseless and rooted in deceit.

John A   January 31st, 2011 11:25 am ET

Miriam I'm sure AIPAC endorses your message.

I'm also sure George and Yusil are not interested in your your political lies and betrayal of democracy.

Even though America and Israel are desperate to keep the war on terror alive, yesterday the Egyptians were chanting "Muslim, Christian we are all Egyptian".

But its only a matter of time until Mossad and the CIA start letting bombs of in Cairo and blaming Islamists. Actually America has known that the middle east people would rebel against their western puppet dictators for some time. Thats why Mossad and the CIA were bombing Christian churches and blaming Muslims. A sad attempt to divide the people and prevent democracy and justice from arriving in the middle east.

Why would America do that? Simple answer, America wants to control the oil fields and protect the illegitimate state of Israel. Justice and democracy in the middle east will expose to the world that the west supports dictators in exchange for oil and that Israels illegal occupation of the middle east is the crime of the century.

Soon you will no longer be able to spin the truth. Bye the way Miriam, nobody believes your lies and have not for some time. Wake up the world has changed. Your lies are old, cheesy and belong to the old ways. As you can see, people all around the world are throwing of the shackles of your lies and soon you will have no where to hide.

miriam   January 31st, 2011 12:02 pm ET

John A,

The US's approach to the ME is a reflection of the fact that the US replaced European countries as the Western super-power whose free way of life was attractive to the new and developing Arab states even while they were under the influence of the US's Cold War adversary, the USSR.The fall of the Soviets left the US as the main super-power and the dominant influence but with no ambitions for take-over.

Israel shares the same values as the US as a result of the Jewish peoples' own independent principles and not because they are some kind of artificial American invention.

Delegitimization and demonization of Israel as a consequence of dishonesty and hate leading to the same attitude towards the US and the West as a by-product of association, is the greatest hypocrisy particularly when accompanied by the promotion of Iranian backed propaganda and its search for alternative, radical, Islamic world domination.

Yusil   January 31st, 2011 6:24 pm ET


Where is the deceit?
You mumble generalities and accuse people who state facts. The only ones who support a character like Blair are the Bush right wing nuts and Zionists like you.
You would have more credibility if you actually address the facts instead of mouthing your Zionist routine.

proud zionist   January 31st, 2011 9:06 pm ET

John antisemitic liar A

You chose not to relate to my comment that the AIPAC is powerless and I gave an example of that fact.

If you were honest, which you are not, you would have admitted your mistake.

And by the way, your disloyalty to your own country borders on treason. I hope they arrest you soon

Imi   February 1st, 2011 2:07 am ET


You have no clue what you are talking about. Blair is a criminal, scumbag and lowest of the low. He is a blind supporter of Israel and everything he says based on hypocrisy. He should not be given any importance at all. Israel is a stooge of West ( especially of America) doing the bidding in their interests i.e oil etc. When it comes to Israel, West always have been and will be siding with Israel which is tainted with full of hypocrisy. West's only interests is to divide and rule by causing discord and history is inundated with West's such hypocritical policy all over the world.

I am not suprised you are such a staunch supporter of Illegal state of Israel, i am sure you are a jew. You should read up history and heed what John A, Yusil and Billy Spudd have said above.

miriam   February 1st, 2011 9:20 am ET


"i am sure you are a jew"

What is that supposed to mean?

You have no idea who I am and if you prefer to share the anti-US, anti-Western, anti-Zionist and anti-semitic opinions of John A and Yusil, bear in mind that their hate-filled comments are pure brain-washing rhetoric based on myth and lies, determined to distort reality and revise the history of the world with conspiracy and deception.

John A   February 1st, 2011 11:24 am ET

Miriam you have no opinion, you only have contempt and a twisted hatred to all those who are not as gullible as you.

miriam   February 1st, 2011 3:04 pm ET

John A,

You should take a long, deep look in the mirror.

John A   February 2nd, 2011 10:33 am ET

Miriam, took your advice and the mirror said John A is the fairest of them all. The mirror also warned me not to accept apples given by Miriam.

Thanks for the tip.

proud zionist   February 2nd, 2011 10:01 pm ET

John cut-and-paste antsemite A

from reading the BS you post, it is clear that you don't take your medicine regularly.


John A   February 3rd, 2011 11:35 am ET

Proud Zionist, Is a cut-and-paste antisemite worse than a regular antisemite?

How does a cut-and-paste antisemite rank on your scale of racist paranoia?

By the way you claim the Jews have been persecuted every where they have gone. You claim they have been evicted from many countries, host countries have not accepted them and blame them for theft and corruption.

Don't worry you are not alone. All that has been said about the Jews has also been said about the Roma Gypsies. Although the Roma are accused of street robbery, as opposed to the grand scale robbery of Wall Street Jews and Bernie Madoff types.

Anyway if you get board of calling people anti Semitic you could start calling them anti Gypsy, as both have aquired the same international experience.

Real people   February 3rd, 2011 12:45 pm ET

Proud Zionist,
Accusing one of antisemetism when Zionism has become synonymous with international crime doesn't beg sympathy, and besides, employs the fallacy of petitio principi. The argument is about blair, who lied and cheated unabashedly and incontrivertably... The fact that you dispute that says nothing new about the group that keeps you spinning at your keyboard. Truth doesnt have to defend itself as adamantly as you make it seem.... The gig is up.

miriam   February 3rd, 2011 2:03 pm ET

John A,

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

Too bad you refuse to open your mind.

SammyFalisteeni   February 3rd, 2011 4:23 pm ET

@ John A, your a genious man... it takes a great man to tell the truth and not accept the lies that we're given everyday. just want to let you know your the smartest one on here!

John A   February 6th, 2011 11:27 am ET

You ask that I open my mind to intellectually redundant and dishonest concepts.

For example, you can have a right and wrong idea. You cant have a right and wrong apple.

If you think through any of your claims, you will find they rarely make sense. But thats what happens when you repeat one dimensional news broadcasts and beleive that you are well informed.

miriam   February 7th, 2011 8:01 am ET

John A,

Actually, the ideas I hope you open your mind to are supported by truth and honesty.
It is clear from your comments on this blog that reappear on other conspiracy-promoting and anti-Western blogs that it is your sources of information are fourth-demensional.

John A   February 7th, 2011 2:14 pm ET

Again, if you think through any of your claims, you will find they rarely make sense.

Now what exactly did you want to say, "your sources of information are fourth-dimensional". This is just another meaningless claim from an Israeli without a clue.

Possibly if you construct a thought and then use meaningful language, you might just find someone who will appreciate you. Go on, you are never too old to try.

proud zionist   February 8th, 2011 11:26 am ET

John antisemite A

your sourece of information indeed come from a dimension only accessible to your sick mind. and when you run out of lies, you start your tirades of racist insults.

I really pity your infantile existence

John A   February 8th, 2011 12:20 pm ET

Proud Zionist,

Nice try to create an argument and distract from the facts. Don't you know most people have awoken to the ways of Israeli propaganda. But feel free to humiliate yourself with your meaningless blogs.

John A   February 8th, 2011 12:22 pm ET

Proud Zionist and Miriam think Israel is great.

Proud Zionist and Miriam think Tony Blair is great.

If that doesn't set off an alarm bell about the integrity of Miriam and P.Zionist, then nothing will.

proud zionist   February 8th, 2011 8:28 pm ET

John antisemite A


are you a commie too like all the british traitors known through the last 60 years?

John A   February 9th, 2011 11:44 am ET

Proud Zionist,
Perhaps you went into a relaps while writing your last blog. Can you try again, your last message means nothing except you have been caught in so many lies and run out of excuses for Israel.

miriam   February 9th, 2011 2:49 pm ET

John A,

Yes, I do think Israel is great, a democratic society awash with free speech and ideas and not immune to fair and honest criticism.
She is a country which will withstand the delegitimization and demonization of detractors who are intent on her destruction.

I also respect Tony Blair and his strong conviction ( ie belief) even if I do not agree with all his opinions. His courage to investigate and learn about a situation and say what he thinks rather than follow the crowd is a characteristic lacking in many leaders.

I do not respect those who repeat baseless rhetoric and distortions, dishonestly claiming to understand something they do not.

John A   February 11th, 2011 10:16 am ET

Miriam says, "I do not respect those who repeat baseless rhetoric and distortions, dishonestly claiming to understand something they do not".

Here Miriam admits she and most Israelis no self respect.

John A   February 14th, 2011 6:00 pm ET

Here Miriam admits she and most Israelis have no self respect.

miriam   February 20th, 2011 11:31 am ET

John A,

There we go, another example.

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