Friday, January 30, 2009

Blair: Bring Hamas Into Peace Process

Has Tony Blair been sniffing glue?

In an interview with The Times, the former British Prime Minister and current envoy of the Middle East on behalf of the so-called Quartet, said, "I do think it is important that we find a way of bringing Hamas into this process, but it can only be done if Hamas are prepared to do it on the right terms." (

Of course, Blair goes on to say that Hamas must renounce violence and recognize Israel. Well, that's about as likely to happen as me going out with Britney Spears. So why is Blair even bringing up the idea at all? Surely, he's read the part in the Hamas Charter where it says, "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."

Yet Blair believes Hamas was firing rockets into Israel because it was excluded from the peace process. If he honestly believes that then he is far more daft than I had ever imagined. Yet when you have the likes of Blair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calling for Hamas to be included they are given legitimacy and stature. A legitimacy and stature achieved through violent acts of terrorism. As long as the international community rewards Hamas bad behavior it will continue to seek Israel's destruction and replace it with an Islamic state. Just what the world needs. Another Islamic state.

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