It has, but you see what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy - al-Qa'ida with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other - to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war.And he would know. After all, when it comes to creating a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war, he knows what he's talking about.
Those first two words are newsworthy in their way but they're not ultimately of any great significance. As a whole, his answer is really just another repetition of the line he's been selling for quite a while now. For example, at his monthly press conference a couple of weeks ago, he said:
And of course it is incredibly difficult today, but it is difficult because of those deliberately trying to visit terror on the people of Iraq rather than allowing them to decide their future democratically.Snap.
This new message was brought in to replace the previous line: things are improving in Iraq, you merchants of gloom just don't want to see it. Whatever happened to that one? Perhaps it was scrapped due to Blair's fetish with modernity. "The implementation of this new line is essential if we are to keep up with the ever changing complexities of the 21st Century" you can almost hear him instructing his Cabinet.
Anyway, this is his defence? It's a disaster because we started a war and some nasty men deliberately fought back? In a war? How unsporting! And entirely unexpected too. I now fully understand why he didn't bother to plan for that. I mean, who could possibly have thought that such a thing could happen?
Dig up satire's corpse again. This time, we're going to kill it deliberately.
Tags: News, Politics, Iraq, Tony Blair