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18 November 2006

Al-Jazeera-English; Blair/Frost Iraq 'Disaster' Interview; The Full Transcript


British Prime Minister Tony Blair's instinctive reaction to Sir David Frost's Iraq 'disaster' description was to immediately agree.

However, in no time flat the Downing Street spin machine had been switched on -- super-speed style..

And already, almighty arguments are raging almost everywhere as to whether Mr Blair meant what he said, or did not.

Well, we know what we two think. What about you?

To help you decide for yourself, we found the official Al-Jazeera-English, entire transcript of today's much talked about Tony Blair/Sir David Frost interview.

But first, here's our traditional opening teaser/taster.



Interview with Tony Blair

Blair covered a wide range of issues

* David Frost: [Starting with the new European Peace Initiative] ... they hope that we would back it and join it, will we join it?

Tony Blair: I am in favour of anything that moves the process forward, between Israel and Palestine. I think it's the single most important objective for us in terms of changing the whole atmosphere and climate in the, in the Middle East and obviously I've been working very hard with our American Allies but also with other Europeans to try and make sure we keep it at the top of the agenda.I think there are possibilities of progress but we've got to make sure that we do everything that is within our possibility to change the situation there.

* But will we join this bid or carry on separately?

I mean I haven't looked at the details of it but I think that, that the key elements are those that we've been working on and others have been working on all the way through and so of course it's good to have everyone on the same page.

But it's really about making sure that we make progress towards the two-state solution, that we get in place the right elements that allow us, for example, to get Corporal Shalit released then get Palestinian prisoners released, that we get a National Unity Government in Palestine, that we manage to get into a situation
where we're negotiating about the details of peace rather than looking at the appalling consequences of conflict.

* But whatever the EU can do with the Palestinians and so on, and they obviously can do something, is it in fact progress and this target you have for Middle East peace, while you're in office if possible it all depends on the United States putting wholehearted pressure on Israel?

Well you're absolutely right in saying the role of the US is crucial but you see I ....

Now, if you're hooked (as we honestly hope you are), and hungry for more - hit here for transport to entire transcript.



Anonymous Griffon said...

Liars think they can create reality through their words. In the end they are just lying to themselves.

For a history lesson and a peek into a possible future, read this from Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The interview mentioned with Norman Dodd can be seen here

10:26 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

I think we may be seeing the back of Blair sooner than we thought. Gordon Brown has been over visiting the troops.

A Chancelor of the Exchequer? Visiting troops (in action), abroad - in a war zone? A Chancellor of the Exchequer?

When did this EVER happen before?

12:38 am  
Anonymous Charles said...

Ha, ha. Hey, Richard. Downing street has finally realised the spin machine needs urgent repairs.

Maybe they read This Old Brit [and other good bloggers] and have realised how utterley, ridiculous and hilarious their earlier 'explanations' were.

This quote comes fresh from the blog of the BBC's political editor, and talking - bespectacled bald - head, Nick Robinson.

"Downing Street now says that Tony Blair's two words - "it has" - were a "straightforward slip of the tongue". Some tongue. Some slip."

Scroll down to his P.S, at the bottom of his Blair/Pakistan, blog piece.

1:01 am  
Blogger bootlian said...

Blair, from day one, has so often lied even about his personal life that I think it may be a pathological condition; something not uncommon in those seeking (and trying to retain) 'power' over others.

1:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Blair's so pally with the Paki ~~ Dictator-birds of a feather flock together.

1:07 am  
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11:24 am  

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