Sunday, September 10, 2006

Blairwitch mania

Blair quote of the week: "This is about trying to restart the process of thinking about the process..."

Captive's mother to Blair: Take me to Beirut - Ynet News
Miki, Ehud Goldwasser's mother, asks Blair to take her with him to Lebanon 'in order to seek, as mother, sign of life from sons.'

Beirut Braces Itself For PM Tony Blair's Visit - All Headline News
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, accused Blair of being a "key accomplice" with Israel during the 34-day war between Hezbollah and the Jewish state. The Shiite movement has asked Beirut to declare the British PM a "persona non grata."

Lebanese cleric says Blair unwelcome - Aljazeera
The Lebanese government should have told "Blair that he is not wanted in Lebanon, so that he - and those like him - would know that we are not so naive as to welcome him when he has contributed to killing us and slaughtering our children," Fadlallah said in a statement.

Blair to Haaretz: Western leaders see the danger of Islamic extremism, but our public still does not - David Landau and Aluf Benn

Did the Lebanon war sharpen this consciousness?

Yes, I think it did, and though obviously, for obvious reasons because many innocent people died - many innocent Israelis, many innocent Lebanese - and the destruction of so much in Lebanon is terrible, of course. And so while the conflict was going on, it was very difficult for people to think in terms of anything other than stopping the conflict.

Thank goodness it was so difficult for people to think of anything but peace.


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