Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blair’s fantasy world

Not long after the Nuremberg-type rally in Manchester, where Our Leader received almost 10 minutes in standing ovations from fawning New Labour delegates, a report was published in the United States which blew apart some of the lies and half-truths Tony Blair had delivered from the rostrum.

Blair defended the "war on terror" and his government’s alliance with the US. "This terrorism is not our fault, we didn't cause it," he claimed. "It's not the consequence of foreign policy, it's an attack on our way of life." But while he was spouting this nonsense, a report by 16 spy agencies in the United States was being published in its entirety because much of it had already been leaked to the media.

Giving a rare glimpse of what the secret state actually thinks, the National Intelligence Estimate admits that the occupation of Iraq war had helped recruit "supporters for the global jihadist movement". Despite serious damage to the leadership of al-Qaeda, Islamic militants are now more numerous and have a greater geographic reach, the report adds.

A key passage states: "If this trend continues, threats to US interests at home and abroad will become more diverse, leading to increasing attacks world-wide. The confluence of shared purpose and dispersed actors will make it harder to find and undermine jihadist groups."

While the delegates were cheering the man who transformed Labour into a party of big business, at least 13 people were killed and dozens injured in a series of blasts in and around Baghdad. An office of the Iraqi Communist Party was one of the targets. It was just another average day of death under the US-led occupation.

In Baghdad, US and puppet Iraqi officials go about their lives oblivious to this carnage, living and working in the so-called Green Zone, which is a fortress-like enclave that the American military has constructed. In Manchester, a similar fantasy world exclusion zone protects New Labour from any normal contact with the average British citizen and their concerns. In the end, however, reality has a nasty habit of hammering on the closed door as New Labour is soon to find out.

Paul Feldman, communications editor

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched the speech in disbelief. Why all the fawning clapping of delegates? They do not live in the real world, especially about Iraq and terrorism.
Labour look finished for the next decade at least, Brown will be a disaster a laughing stock, The Tories will get in, yeah, so what? Nothing changes.