Azara Blog: Tony Blair allegedly revulsed by president of Iran

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Date published: 2005/10/27

The BBC says:

Tony Blair has expressed "revulsion" at the Iranian president's assertion that he wanted Israel "wiped off the map".

Mr Blair told an EU summit at Hampton Court, near London, that he had "never come across" comments like those made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday.

He added that Iran, suspected of having a nuclear weapons programme, could soon be considered a "real threat".

But Iran later accused the West of turning a blind eye to what it called Israel's "crimes".

EU leaders earlier issued a joint statement saying they condemned Mr Ahmadinejad's remarks.

The Iranian charge d'affaires in London had already been summoned to the Foreign Office for the UK to lodge a protest.

Speaking after a one-day EU summit, Mr Blair said the Iranian leader's sentiments were "completely and totally unacceptable".

He said: "Their attitude towards Israel, their attitude towards terrorism, their attitude on the nuclear weapons issue - it isn't acceptable."

Mr Blair said he had never heard of the president of a country saying that they want to wipe out another country.

"If they continue down this path, then people are going to believe that they are a real threat to our world security and stability.

"They may believe... the eyes of the world will be elsewhere, but I felt a real sense of revulsion at those remarks."

Mr Blair added: "Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon?"

Let's see, can we think of any other country with a silly president who shoots off his mouth on a regular basis? And unfortunately for Mr Blair, his illegal war in Iraq is also unacceptable. And actions count for more than words, so Blair's misdeeds are much worse. And most sane people are not very happy that America has so many nuclear (not to mention non-nuclear) weapons. (Nobody cares much about Britain's nuclear weapons because they are unlikely to work when push comes to shove.) The most worrying thing about Blair's rant is the phrase (with a disingenous caveat) that Iran is "a real threat to our world security and stability". Hmmm, isn't that what he said about Iraq (his previous big lie)? So what this seems to be really about is further softening up of the British public in anticipation of a military attack on Iran. Obviously Blair's complete screw-up in Iraq is not denting his appetite for further military adventurism.

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