On the news that Tony is to be Al Sisi’s advisor I am applying for work. Not that connecting the two in any way suggests I see myself as the preferred option to advise Al Sisi!
However I do think this appointment should remove any future international roles Tony aspires to from becoming a reality.
It fits really that Tony should find himself advising a military dictator who came to power in the wake of NATony and George’s attempts at Middle East realignment, Egypt’s spring of global warming, the Muslim Brotherhood’s 15 minutes of fame and the Egyptian people’s return to the safety of their army.
As explained in the Mother Jones article entitled “What is the Muslim Brotherhood and Will It Take Over Egypt?”, the author Eric Draister explains….. “The Muslim Brotherhood served as a battering ram against nationalists and communists, despite the Brothers’ Islam-based anti-imperialism, the group often ended up making common cause with the colonial British. It functioned as an intelligence agency, infiltrating left-wing and nationalist groups.”
Eric Draister states “This indisputable fact, that the Muslim Brotherhood functioned, even its early days, as a de facto arm of Western intelligence, is critical to understanding its development and current political power.” The agenda of the west was clear then and is now if we ask……who’s agenda does this serve……Draister states “the Muslim Brotherhood would serve as a battering ram against nationalists and communists. Despite the Brothers’ Islam-based anti-imperialism, the group often ended up making common cause with the colonial British. It functioned as an intelligence agency, infiltrating left-wing and nationalist groups. But it was also fiercely independent, at times clashing violently with the ruling authorities.”
Two completely separate concepts come to mind about this latest Blair move:
1. Why is it always blokes who seem to pitch above their weight with job applications?
2. Does anyone remember that the 1982 Hama ‘massacre’ resurrected by the western media in 2011 (to inform us how bad Syria’s human rights history was under Bashar Al Assad’s dad Haffez) was about Haffez Al Assad’s crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Salafist agenda in Syria?
“People get away with War Crimes” says Robert Fisk, “there’s a lot of hypocrisy behind all this” I will take Fisk’s comment and uncelubriously attach it to the current situation on the thought that his comments still stand in relation to the current topic of Blair advising Sisi, I hope Mr Fisk, you don’t mind.
So in the wake of tri-slogans, political subterfuge, religion thoroughly mixed with middle eastern and western politics, it’s so hard to get behind anyone these days.
My addition then to the tri-slogan values rants – ‘leave well alone’, ‘live and let live’ and ‘eat drink and be merry!’