Tony Blair on democracy in the Arab World - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Ivan / Toronto
    • 26.11.11 | 02:44 (IST)

    A few days ago Tony Blair was in this fair city to have meetings with his followers in the faith, the so-called Tony Blair Faith Foundation (I don't know what they do). Concerning the Arab League suspension of Syria’s membership, he uttered a priceless gem which I must share with you: “The action of the Arab League is immensely important. It’s a big moment. It shows they are starting to take a real leadership position in favour of democracy and change.” I don’t know (since I was'nt there) if his audience realized that he was talking about beacons of democracy like Saudi Arabia, Bahrayn, Yaman, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, etc. We Canadians are not savvy about the world, so his audience may have missed the irony. Having warmed up to the subject Mr. Blair then uttered the more astonishing statement that the West must engage with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere in the Arab World because “it isn’t inconceivable that with Western help, the Muslim Brotherhood could, long-term, metamorphose into Christian Democrats.” He then immediately corrected himself and said, “Or not. Democracy isn’t either a Christian or Muslim concept. But it is, by its nature, pluralistic.”

    from the article: Arab League prepares sanctions on Syria after it fails to meet deadline
    First published 01:34 26.11.11 | Last updated 01:34 26.11.11
Haaretz Headlines
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), July 27, 2015.

Jeff Merkley becomes 31st senator to back Iran deal

Oregon Democrat's support puts within reach 34 votes needed to uphold presidential veto of congressional resolution disapproving the agreement.

An evening of song and unity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Bayit

Has U.S. Modern Orthodoxy reached its breaking point?

The most influential Jewish community in America is in deep crisis. Will the different streams of Modern Orthodoxy go their separate ways? A special report from New York.

An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

Fears resurface over U.S. arms sales to Gulf States

The lifting of arms embargo on Iran is sending the Middle East into a frenzied conventional arms race, reigniting decades-old concerns in Israel for its military edge over Arab states.

A Jewish store in Berlin with a sign urging Germans not to shop there.

Alone in Berlin: A survivor's tale

The memoir of the late Marie Jalowicz Simon recounts the remarkable tale of a Berlin native whose street smarts and charm kept her alive during World War II.