Friday, 13 April 2007

The World Watched as Blair Handled the Hostage Crisis in Iran and the Reviews are Not Good

Below are a small selection of the comments being made around the world with regard to Britain's handling of the hostage crisis. Some I disagree with, but unfortunately most are correct. Blair's handling of this crisis was degrading to Britain and everything we stand for. Thanks to Mr. Blair we have become a prime target in the future for terrorist attacks on our soil as well as on our men and women fighting for this country abroad.

'When will Tony Blair learn that, in international relations, nice guys finish last? Blair's timid response to his soldiers' abduction shows how weak-willed the once-imperial power has become.' - Los Angeles Times.

'What has become of the greatness in Great Britain? The Iran hostages affair has humiliated the country and exposed its marginalisation on the international scene. - Le Temps.

'On any given day, one isn't likely to find common cause with Iranian President Ahmadinejad. He's a dangerous, lying, Holocaust-denying, Jew-hating cutthroat thug, not to put too fine a point on it. But he was dead-on when he wondered why a once-great power such as Britain sends mothers of toddlers to fight its battles. - Washington Post

'The saga of the 15 naval personnel has become a parable for modern Britain ... the heady cocktail of money and TV has placed the ex-captives' exploits in the same league as the Big Brother show.' - New York Times

'The British Navy might once have ruled the waves but following the spat with Iran over the capture and release of 15 personnel, the Ministry of Defence looks set to be remembered for waiving the rules. - Der Spiegel.

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