Tony Blair on democracy in the Arab World - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 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
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