Tuesday, July 18, 2006
'Yo Blair' says it all
1. The form of address definitely seems patronizing; Freedland even discerns a hint of 'fratboy bullying'. Whatever happened to their first name relationship? Has familiarity so quickly bred so much contempt?
2. How come Blair does not use any form of address when speaking to Bush? He is disrespected by the surname only use but seems to be too awed by the most world's most powerful man to find any 'George' or even 'Mr President' in his personal lexicon.
3. Blair seems desperate to please, to do something for the leader of the western world- just like he trawled the world for him seeking that UN mandate before the invasion of Iraq.
4. Blair also seems nervous, tongue tied, as if he's a bit thrown to be speaking to such a mighty personage.
The whole conversation resembles one between a master and a servant. And giving Bush a personal gift- a sweater it would seem- simply adds to the humiliation. Blair is demeaned by it and, as citizens of the country he is supposed to be representing in that G8 meeting, we are all demeaned. What an insight into how things really are!
Well, of course not. The information is only meaningful if you know who they are. That's the context which allows us to interpret the dialogue. But of course, a different interpretation is possible.
Thanks for the link; I may be wrong but it looks like a bit of disinformation. It was, surely Hizbullah which kicked the whole thing off?
Indeed yes - son of. Hi ;-)
It was, surely Hizbullah which kicked the whole thing off?
Well, the point is that the opinion given asserts that, unsurprisingly, wars are planned in advance, including this one.
'Who started it' is usually a little unfruitful an enquiry. In this instance, the first hostage/prisoner taking was done by Israel according to Chomsky, who is usually accurate:
Thanks for the link to Chomsky- very interesting and persuasive too. All he says about people in Gaza iving like in a prison is right I think which puts much into a different perspective from the one we have fed to us via media over here. Hadn't heard about the abduction of two civilians by Israel which would again change the perspective. But whilst jewish lobby and the religipous right have Bush in an arm lock these things are not going to change. But it is important that Britain keeps a distance from all of this and that is something Blair is not prepared to allow. Irony is that it's Brown who'll pay the price politically for all this just as he will for the sleaze and incompetence.
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