Fall of an Empire

Fall of an Empire, originally uploaded by Tous les noms sont déjà pris… pfff….

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Tony Blair finally departed from British politics yesterday, moving onto more important things; re-inventing himself as a roving ambassador-cum-diplomat-cum-international statesman. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much how he saw himself when he was PM. He has become the new Middle East Envoy for the rather jazzy-sounding ‘Quartet’ – USA on drums, EU on double bass, UN on the fiddle and Russia blowing up a storm.

Israel is onside but I’d personally be amazed if Blair is able to achieve anything historic. Despite his charm and political credibility, it’s no secret that, for the arab world, he is just about as unconvincing a peace envoy as it is possible to be – saving George Bush himself.

Or, as Joan Rivers recently put it:

Making Tony Blair a Middle East peace envoy is like putting Mel Gibson in charge of a Holocaust museum.

Here’s more on this story from the beeb.

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