When Tony Blair calls Hosni Mubarak “a force for good,” extraordinary semantics are being deployed. Mubarak had utility in Middle East peace regarding Israel. But guess what pro-Mubarak thugs are yelling as they attack reporters….yehudi. Jew. That’s because Egyptian state television has told the public that Israeli spies have infiltrated their country.
Egypt’s pro-torture policies must be weighing on the minds of targeted journalists (who are being rounded up as I type), that and Egypt’s reputation for disappearances. Hell, Egypt’s brand-spanking, newly-appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman administrated his nation’s torture efforts.
So, Tony Blair’s contribution to a discussion on Egypt, thus far, amounts to the utility of tits on a bull. There’s a time and place for a man who speaks from both sides of his mouth, but this isn’t it.