Blair Refuses to Set Retirement Date
Tony Blair ruled out setting a timetable for leaving office as prime minister despite his party’s disastrous local election results, arguing Monday that he still has a mandate from voters who awarded him a third term last year.
Blair defied critics in his own party demanding he offer a systematic plan to hand over power to the next Labour leader — even as he repeated promises to stand aside before the next election.
“To state a timetable would simply paralyze the proper working of government, put at risk the necessary changes we are making for Britain and therefore damage the country. It wouldn’t end this distraction but merely take it to a new level,” [AMI: Does he really think it could be any worse without him???] Blair said at his monthly news conference.
In the comprehensive coverage by all the media of the prime minister’s cabinet changes, there is a common thread irrespective of the political shade of the commentators, and that is of a prime minister becoming increasingly detached from the reality of his current situation.
That Tony Blair has been detached from socialism has been known for years. That he was detached from the reality of the facts – in relation to the WMD and the invasion of Iraq – is well-known. The question is, now, whether he is still simply detached or is slipping into a true – clinical – delusional state. It is often the comments of those close to someone – in this case the lobby and political correspondents – which can alert you to an individual slipping over this line.
While US president George Bush and his pal Condi Rice are doing such a great job trying justify their coming illegal war against Iran, the Iranian president sends them a mail with a peace proposal…
Iran’s leader sends letter to Bush
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Bush with suggestions on how to resolve current international tensions, Iranian officials said today, but there was no immediate information about whether he was proposing a solution to differences over Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran and the United States have had icy relations since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the seizing of the American Embassy in Tehran, where American diplomats were held hostage for more than a year. The letter, which would be the first direct public communication sent by an Iranian president to an American president since their ties were severed, is being forwarded to Washington through the Swiss embassy, which represents American interests in Iran.
China made clear on Monday it opposed the core of a Western UN resolution ordering Tehran to curb its nuclear program but would not use its veto power to kill the measure.
China’s UN ambassador, Wang Guangya, spoke hours before his own foreign minister and those of Russia, Britain, France and Germany were to have dinner in New York with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Iran is the main topic.
Russia and China, which have veto power in the 15-nation UN Security Council, fear too much pressure on Iran would be self-defeating or precipitate an oil crisis. Both worry the United States would use a resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to justify military action.
Twelve high school students who were suspended for voicing their opposition to homosexuality are considering a lawsuit against their Roseville school.
The Oakmont High School students wore T-shirts to school printed with the message “Homosexuality is sin. Jesus can set you free.” School officials warned the students to remove the shirts or face a two-day suspension. The students took the suspension.
The students were participating in a nationwide event called Day of Truth, intended to be a peaceful expression by students of Christian beliefs on homosexuality. The event countered the Day of Silence observed one day earlier by students in support of homosexuality.
The principle of Oakmont, Kathleen Sirovy, said the suspensions were justified since “many kids were upset because their shirts were rude,” reported the non-profit legal group representing the students, the Pacific Justice Institute, in a press release last week.
The students have filed appeals of the suspensions with school officials, and are considering a lawsuit, according to PJI. The organization said the school “did not address whether religious students might have been equally offended by pro-homosexual expression connected with the Day of Silence.”
Some students who supported the Day of Silence objected to the school’s action against the students. Lance Chih, student and co-chair of the Sacramento Regional Gay Straight Alliance, told the Sacrament Bee, “If they’re stating their own belief that homosexuality is wrong, that’s not promoting hate of violence against us. If I want to promote my civil rights, I can’t tell another group of students that they can’t do it.”
Remember the Iraqi missiles which could reach Britain in 45 minutes… This seems to be Blair’s latest fairy tale
Lying Blair rules out Iran invasion
Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday ruled out an invasion of Iran and said any suggestion of a nuclear strike on the country was “absolutely absurd“.
Iran has been referred to the U.N. Security Council over fears it is building nuclear arms, a charge Iran denies. Washington says it would prefer a diplomatic solution to the crisis but warns sanctions and military strikes are options.
“I don’t know anybody who has even talked or contemplated the prospect of a nuclear strike on Iran. That would be absolutely absurd,” [AMI: ever heard of George W.???]Blair told a regular monthly news conference.
This could also mean that US troops are about to leave Afghanistan and redeploy on the Iranian border
Australia Will Send 240 Extra Troops to Afghanistan From July
Australia will send an extra 240 soldiers to Afghanistan to help in reconstruction and security efforts in the nation’s south, Prime Minister John Howard said.
“The situation in Afghanistan remains quite fraught,” Howard told reporters in Canberra. The deployment of soldiers will begin in July, he said.
The Australian soldiers will partner with Dutch forces as part of an expanded “peacekeeping” operation being led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The deployment will cost A$270 million ($208 million), Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said.
The cost of Iraq War, now estimated at $320 billion, is expected to double before the U.S. leaves the war-torn country, and even if a gradual troop withdrawal begins in 2006, the conflict is set to be more expensive than the Vietnam War, according to a recent report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Now they want to give Iraqi tribes what is denied to white people world wide, the right to live with people of their own kind! No diversity for them!
Split Iraq Into 3 Different Regions
The senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proposed Monday that Iraq be divided into three separate regions Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni with a central government in Baghdad.
In an op-ed essay in Monday’s edition of The New York Times, Sen. Joseph Biden. D-Del., wrote that the idea “is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group … room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”