What a great
day for peace enthusiasts! A new envoy to the Middle East has
been appointed for the Quartet, and it's no other than the former
British PM, Tony Blair. Blair, the man who gave the Israelis the
green light to flatten Beirut. Blair, the man who started an illegal
war in Iraq.
Blair, a man who, according to the Geneva Conventions, is to be
held personally responsible for more than 700,000 dead in Iraq
for failing to 'protect civilian populations against certain consequences
of war' . A man who is supposed to be charged for genocide
at The Hague. That's right, a man who should end his life behind
bars is now becoming a peace envoy.
isn't such a bad idea. Seemingly, his partner from Washington
may have sussed it all out. It is rather possible that when peace
is at stake, it is actually the warmongers, the bloodthirsty criminals,
the men who know no mercy and compassion who may provide the goods.
At the end of the day, a rapist may know more about sex abuse
than an innocent detached judge. We should never forget that for
the Bushman, even Sharon, the mass killer from Sabra and Shatila
was nothing less than a 'Man of Peace'.
the truth of such complicated matters? It is rather possible that
Bush is correct. It is feasible that pouring blood in such a vast
quantity may have qualified Blair to be a peacemaker. Yet, there
is a slight problem here. Just a marginal issue that should be
addressed before Blair lands in Gaza International Docks or Ramallah's
have a little suggestion for you,
Blair. Just before you become
a dove, just on your way to your
first peace mission, pop over to
The Hague for a few days,
put yourself on trail.
Prove to us and our brothers in the
region that you are indeed
a man of harmony and peace."
elected Hamas, the party who was voted by the Palestinian people
isn't really happy with the new envoy. If I could have a word
with him, I would say, "You see Mr Blair, as things stand it is
actually Hamas you have to talk to. And what about the Lebanese,
did you think about them Mr Blair? Will they welcome to their
country the man who just less than a year ago enthusiastically
approved the total destruction of their country's infrastructure,
capital and southern regions?
I have a little suggestion for you, Mr. Blair. Just before you
become a dove, just on your way to your first peace mission, pop
over to The Hague for a few days, put yourself on trail. Prove
to us and our brothers in the region that you are indeed a man
of harmony and peace. You shouldn't be too worried, you always
believed in what you were doing. You always claimed to believe
that liberating the Iraqi people was the right thing to do. You
believed as well that destroying Lebanon's infrastructure would
bring stability to the region. You believed that dismissing the
democratically elected Palestinian Government was an act of humanism.
cave in, Mr. Ex-PM, you can have your two closest friends beside
you. You will probably appoint Lord Goldsmith to fight your legal
battle. He'd be on your side, when it comes down to it, he was
the man who gave you the legal approval to start your 'little'
illegal war. You shouldn't worry about money either. Lord Levy,
your No. 1 Fundraiser will take care of the costs. Now when your
New Labour's under-the-table trading with those giving loans so
that they could be nominated peers has become public knowledge,
there is nothing to be afraid of."
is actually Hamas you have
to talk to. And what about
the Lebanese, did you think
about them Mr Blair?
Will they welcome to their country
the man who just less than
a year ago enthusiastically approved
the total destruction of their
country's infrastructure, capital
and southern regions?"
I am sure
that by the time our dearly beloved, newly born dove will be vindicated
by the international court of Justice, he will be far more effective
as a peace maker. He may even be the first to bridge the gap between
the foes in the region. This is an opportunity we cannot miss
and even if he fails this shouldn't be a major concern, Baba Bush
can always appoint him as the new Iraqi Prime Minister. I do not
think Blair will be missed but he will be remembered.
thought struck me while I was summoning up my words to Mr Blair:
if it is true that he is really the new Middle East Peace Envoy,
then I would like to apply for an appropriate roll for myself.
I am hoping to become the Chief Rabbi of Britain.
Convention, PART II-GENERAL PROTECTION OF POPULATIONS AGAINST
CERTAIN CONSEQUENCES OF WAR, article 13-The provisions of Part
II cover the whole of the populations of the countries in conflict,
without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race,
nationality, religion or political opinion, and are intended to
alleviate the sufferings caused by war.
Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel and served in the Israeli
military. He is the author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed
and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is
also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe.
His recent CD, Exile, was named the year's best jazz CD by
the BBC. He now lives in London and can be reached at: [email protected].
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