Converted to Catholicism, ‘e did. And now he’s out to save the world. The problem with the idea of a global conversation between Muslims and Christians refereed by Tony Blair? Two words: Tony Blair.
The very idea that the co-author of the Iraq war; the man currently tasked with implementing a U.S. Middle East policy premised aimed at building up the regime of Mahmoud Abbas against Hamas — through such signal achievements as getting the Israelis to remove four (yes, four!) West Bank checkpoints — a man who suggests that there’s no basis whatsoever in reality to the grievances against the West imagined by most Muslims — the idea that this fellow is going to morph into the great conciliator between Muslims and the West, shows the utter dearth of feedback in the Bush-Bono bubble wrapped world in which he moves.
That nasty cackle you could hear ringing around the world last week when this was announced came from a mud hut in Waziristan; it was the sound of the noxious Ayman Zawahiri receiving the news that the alternative to the Al Qaeda world view is going to be championed by Tony Blair. Boy, this people really never do learn, do they?