Where is the Middle East Peace Envoy? Where is Tony Blair?
When George Bush bestowed the title of ‘Middle East Peace Envoy’ upon the Rt Hon Tony Blair, it was with a great expectation. Maybe such lofty aspiration was unfair, but he was placed a little below an ambassador yet somewhat above a chargé d’affaires, and ought therefore to be engaging in constant diplomacy and dialogue in order to end the suffering of the innocents, isolate the Islamist maniacs, and show the way of peace – shalom and salaam.
So where is he?
Yes, that’s right. This week he’s spending time with his family while the families to whom he was sent as a messenger of peace bomb each other to she’ol / jannah / Jahannam.
He has even been spotted in London at a special private opening of the Armani store in Knightsbridge.
And next week he’ll be busy in Washington collecting his ‘US Medal of Freedom’ - the highest civilian award in the US - in honour of the work he has done ’to improve the lives of citizens and for (his) efforts to promote democracy, human rights and peace abroad’, and also for making the world community ‘safer and more secure’.
Cranmer must have missed something.
Tony Blair has spent more time at Yale than in Jerusalem or Gaza City (in fact, he has never been to Gaza). He is busy paying off his mortgage and ensuring the legacy of his Faith Foundation – both of which have become more important to him than the gruelling and thankless task of negotiating between the governments of Israel and Palestine.
Henry Kissinger would never have behaved so flippantly or vainly.
To be a Middle East Peace Envoy is to be a Defender of the Faith (and Pope Leo X must have been as disappointed with the recipient of that title as the world is with the recipient of the former). Or perhaps Mr Blair would prefer Defender of Faith, since he aspires to defend the mutually exclusive hopes and aspirations of both Jews and Palestinians, while simultaneously embracing the irreconcilable doctrines of Judaism and Islam.
Yet he does not raise a bleat to defend the Christians in the area - who are quite without aspiration and utterly devoid of hope – and he turns a blind eye as they are eradicated from the Lebanon, exterminated in Iraq, eliminated from the West Bank, and systematically ‘cleansed’ from the whole region.
Bestowing the ‘US Medal of Freedom’ upon the prime minister who has done more to curtail British liberties than any premier in 300 years is a performance of pantomimical absurdity. President Bush can have little idea of how antithetical a decade of New Labour policies have been to the principles which constitute the foundation of American concepts of liberty. And yet the British taxpayer continues to subsidise Tony Blair to the tune of £500,000 a month (more when he is in Jerusalem), renting an entire floor of an American hotel and staffing it abundantly with ‘advisers’ and ‘experts’.
And it is encouraging to Cranmer that The Daily Mail (at least) has put two and two together, and discerned that Tony Blair’s ‘conversion’ to Roman Catholicism was more about his temporal future than the present state of his soul.
And even more encouraging is it to be made aware by an intermittent communicant of one Daily Mail journalist by the name of Mary Ellen Synon, who observes:
“It makes me suspicious of why Tony Blair is pushing his conversion to Roman Catholicism so publicly. We know he is trying to manoeuvre himself into being made President of the European Union, once the EU Consitution, now called the Lisbon Treaty, is forced through and the office of president is created. Being a Catholic would no doubt look good on Blair's CV. He's even set up a website for his new 'faith foundation' which reproduces a Newsweek article on the 'truth' of his Catholicism: 'As Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair was officially an Anglican. Unofficially, though, he was a practising Roman Catholic.’
“So now we know: the prime minister who broke his word on giving the British people a right to vote on the Continental-Catholic EU Consitution was all the time a practising Roman Catholic, and not the Anglican he pretended to be. So low. So cunning. So, some might say, Jesuitical.”
Barrister – Member of Parliament – Shadow Home Secretary - Leader of HM Opposition - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – Middle East Peace Envoy – Conversion to Rome - President of Europe...
What a CV.