Azara Blog: Tony Blair tries to blame Iran for the mess in the Middle East

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Date published: 2006/12/12

The BBC says:

Tony Blair has said Iran poses a "major strategic threat" to the Middle East and is "deliberately causing" problems.

At his monthly media briefing the prime minister said the Iranian regime was "deeply extreme".
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"Iran is deliberately causing maximum problems for moderate governments and for ourselves in the region - in Palestine, in Lebanon and in Iraq."

He said there was "little point" in including Iran and Syria in regional issues, such as Iraq, "unless they are prepared to be constructive".

"There is no point in hiding the fact that Iran poses a major strategic threat to the cohesion of the entire region," Mr Blair told reporters.

There were "major, major problems" in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, but "all of this is now overshadowed by the issue of Iran".

He said it would be a "major challenge" to deal with Iran.

Mr Blair is evidently playing a party game where you have to decode his secret message to see what he really means. So let's just substitute Iran with the US and see if it makes sense:

Tony Blair has said the US poses a "major strategic threat" to the Middle East and is "deliberately causing" problems.

At his monthly media briefing the prime minister said the US regime was "deeply extreme".
...
"The US is deliberately causing maximum problems for moderate governments and for ourselves in the region - in Palestine, in Lebanon and in Iraq."

He said there was "little point" in including the US and Syria in regional issues, such as Iraq, "unless they are prepared to be constructive".

"There is no point in hiding the fact that the US poses a major strategic threat to the cohesion of the entire region," Mr Blair told reporters.

There were "major, major problems" in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, but "all of this is now overshadowed by the issue of the US".

He said it would be a "major challenge" to deal with the US.

Hmmm, yes that makes sense, that must be what Blair really meant to say.

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