Liberal bloggers, it seems, don’t treat with the middle east. Kevin Drumm, of the US’s most able, gave his own reasons recently. However, the Observer’s Martin Bright has a think piece out which hints that the ‘Blair doctrine’ of the Northern Irish peace process, ie empowering militants at the expense of the middle ground, is what is driving the UK’s Foreign Office Middle East policy. It’s a theme (scroll down) picked up by Nick Cohen in the Observer. Delwar Hussain blames government policy for a drift from the secular left towards Islam for instance.