Last Sunday Tony Blair was presented with a cheque for $1 million, the Dan David prize, at a ceremony at Tel Aviv university. The prize was awarded for his “foresight”, “exceptional intelligence” and “steadfast determination” to end conflicts. It gets better as the BBC report explains his entry to the competition hails him as “one of the most outstanding statesmen of our era” praising his “morally courageous leadership” over Kosovo.
Iraq is conspicuous by its absence, after all it was the beginning of a Neoconservative Likudnik plan to reshape the Middle East in Israel’s interest, killing around 1.5 million Iraqis in an illegal war of aggression. For this act alone, Blair should be recognised as a warmonger ineligable for any kind of peace prize, however, in Israel, the more Arabs you kill, the greater a statesman peacemaker you’re considered. This is the immorality they are celebrating and they only respect Blair’s support in “ending” conflicts through the defeat and total destruction of Israel’s adversaries, such as Iraq.
For a good analysis on how Blair’s “leadership” has contributed to “peace” see Seumas Milne’s Hypocrisy, thy name is Blair, written during the Gaza massacre in January he states “having done the diplomatic groundwork for Israel’s assault on Gaza, the quartet’s Middle East envoy now talks of ceasefire.”