Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tony Blair Foams at the Mouth on Iran

Tony Blair on the BBC:

"I am saying that I think it is wholly unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapons capability and I think we have got to be prepared to confront them, if necessary militarily. I think there is no alternative to that if they continue to develop nuclear weapons. They need to get that message loud and clear."(1)

Martin Wolf, channeling HSBC boss Stephen King:

In King’s view, many western optimists mistakenly think the rise of the west was due to superior institutions, particularly the market, and superior science and technology, particularly in commercial applications. He argues, instead, that the west reached its pinnacle at least as much by rent-seeking or, to put it more bluntly, by plundering the world’s physical and human resources. Meanwhile, other civilisations “were disconnected from the world’s productivity engines through the suppression of ideas, innovations and linkages with other nations, or by the violence meted out to them by the western powers."(2)

There's not much the Western ruling class can do about Iran, absent a nuclear strike that would send their already tattered historical legacy down in flames.

1'Tony Blair: West should use force if Iran 'continues to develop nuclear weapons'' - UK Guardian
2'Why the west faces a harsher future' - Financial Times; Martin Wolf

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