Wednesday, November 15, 2006

"The primrose path of appeasement"

Melanie Phillips:
Do the core aims of al Qaeda to restore the medieval Muslim caliphate and call the infidel world to Islam lead inescapably back to Israel and Palestine? Do the ravings of Syed Qutb, the arch-ideologue of murderous Islamism who wrote well before Israel was created that the west was a conspiracy to destroy Islam, the Jews were the people of the devil and Muslims must recognise no secular authority whatever, lead inescapably back to Israel and Palestine? Do the Islamist attacks from Bali to Madrid to Chechnya to Indonesia to Nigeria, the murder of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands and the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the murder and mayhem following the re-publication of the Mohammed cartoons, not to mention the 20-year genocide in Sudan, all lead inescapably back to Israel? Whoops – 40 civilians killed in Darfur in the last few days by Muslim Arab militiamen. So sorry…let’s talk moral outrage.

Yes, we damn well know where the causes lie: in genocidal religious totalitarianism. And we also damn well know that this is where the world divides: between those who will defend the civilised world against this monster, and those who seek to propitiate it by tossing it the remnant of the Jewish people that survived the last totalitarian genocide.

Into this sewer now stumbles none other than Prime Minister Tony Blair, determined that before he leaves office he will pull off his dream of solving Israel/Palestine. Convinced that he has the ability to persuade anyone of anything, his initiative exemplifies the greatest liberal hubris of all: the conviction that every problem in the world is driven by rational interests and is thus capable of peaceful and harmonious resolution if only the most gifted impresario of rationality in the world – one T Blair — gets involved. This fundamental delusion is causing Blair, a friend of Israel and famously a supporter of America and doughty defender of the west against attack, to put Israel, America and the west in great peril by tripping down the primrose path of appeasement.

4 Comments:

Blogger rexie said...

I liked this passage in Melanie Phillips's article:

In his speech to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet on Monday night, Mr Blair said partnership was possible if Iran helped the Middle East peace process, stopped supporting terrorism in Lebanon or Iraq and abided by its international obligations. This is like saying in 1939 that partnership with Germany would be possible if only Hitler stopped persecuting the Jews, renounced his goal of world domination and helped resolve the problem of Czechoslovakia.

I take it that Blair is not so stupid that he believes that any of these preconditions can be met. So what is his game? If Iran fails to deliver, he promises it only "isolation" and makes it quite clear that military action would not be envisaged - http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page10409.asp

Ahmadinejad will have got the message that he only has to drop the genocidal language, rein in Hezbollah a little, wait for the nuclear programme to be complete and Iran will have become the regional superpower. With Europe then within the range of Iranian missiles, Mr Blair's successor will find himself with even less room to dictate terms.

5:48 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Rexie - Yes.

There is a nightmareish message of appeasement therein. A promise of future surrender.

Blair is the most evil prime minister Britain has ever endured. From his first day in office, he has pursued an agenda.

The crucial point, which they have tried to bury by sweeping the records clean is, Blair and his wife were keen CNDers and marchers, until they realised it would render them unelectable.

Blair has always been a one-worlder.

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