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Blair - problems in post-Assad Syria

2012-07-25 21:38

London - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West must do all it can to persuade Syria President Bashar Assad to step down because it will probably be difficult to form a new government in the deeply divided country.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Blair said of Syria's civil war, "the sooner it ends the sooner the slaughter will end and also the sooner you can try and repair what will now be deep, deep hatreds amongst parts of the community there".

The Middle East Quartet's envoy said on Wednesday "when you lift the lid off... [a] dictatorship, and try to move it towards democracy, then you've got to be prepared to manage a lot of religious and tribal and ethnic problems that are going to be very acute".

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-26 09:37

    Blair has killed more Muslims than Assad. He hasn't managed to bring democracy or stability anywhere! Bloody war criminal!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-26 10:10

      People , who gives a crap about religious denomination but i suspect its that muslim lives somehow carry more weight . Just because a kangaroo tribunal setup by a morally ambivilent ex-president who had this to say about Jewish people ,"The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively." is hardly the type to legitimize this claim. He is a joke and another glaring light on the double starndards allowed or catered to for Muslim bigots .

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-26 10:37

      Blair is a war criminal not because the ex Malay president said so but because he committed a war of aggression, the cardinal war crime. The same crime that Nazi were hanged for after WW11. The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which followed World War II, called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil thing...to initiate a war of aggression...is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." A million Iraqis died. Four million are refugees. One million of them are living in Syria. You exculpate many a ruthless band of psychopaths. Good for you.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-26 14:50

      You exculpate genocidal dictators and tyrants. Good for you. I thnk Annan and Ghali have a lot more to answer for then Bush or Blair who actually made a case for their actions and legitimate at that for a war that was inevitable lest we forget his two invasions of neighbours , genocide , continual violations of resolutions and demands (nothing trivial), IAEA violations, use of probited weapons on civilians, torture , gross ecological destruction of wetlands and support to terror networks. You can debate the wars legality and experts do disagree , the stains of millions of lives are on the hands of inaction at the UNSC to at on atrocities all over the world. The UNSC cannot be a spineless jellyfish , muffled and impotent to its obligations. http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ (at least a reference to a figure claim)

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-26 15:04

      These are the grounds for losing sovereignty if any one is violated .Tell me then how Saddams regime maintained sovereignty? 1. Invading a neighboring country 2. Violating the Genocide Convention 3. Harboring terrorists 4. Violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-26 18:16

      Fidel's highly immature "the West is evil" core belief again. It's like George Bush's "you're either with us or against us" belief.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-26 13:21

    BLAIR IS A DROE DROL WAT UIT HANG HALF WAY

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-26 18:15

      ? The usual inhuman, barbaric post from Keith.

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