Hearts and Minds: Blair on the Belfast Agreement, and after…

There’s been a deluge of stuff coming out on the anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, some of it thought provoking, some of it less so. Hearts and Minds will carry a lengthy interview with Tony Blair tonight. The BBC1 version comes after the Golf – at midnight or beyond, but the BBC2 version will go out at 7.30pm is usual. Slugger understands that Noel Thompson quizzes him, after his former Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell attempted to dish some dirt on the so-called ‘DUP back channel’. He also talks about Adams’ relationship with the IRA being a bit more complicated than British intelligence would have said.

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  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft has written an excellent piece on the ‘peace process’ for the International Herald and Tribune. He notes that if Martin McGuinness were a Serb he would be wanted for war crimes in the Hague.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/09/opinion/edwheatcroft.php

  • Great post and great article, Chekov.

  • MOTP

    ANOTHER BRIT TELLING US WHAT TO DO

  • manichaeism

    Re Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s article. He states that Ireland was democratically governed since the 19th century. That is certainly stretching the truth quite a bit. Neither Britain or Ireland were democracies in the 19th century since only a handful of people had the vote.

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/citizenship/struggle_democracy/getting_vote.htm

  • Chekov

    The article is absurd, the scale of the killing in Bosnia makes the north of Ireland war look like a Saturday night punch up and I am not belittling those who lost loved once.

    If MM is a candidate for the Hague then Blair should be in the dock long before him for the crimes he has committed over Iraq. People end up dead in wars, it is the nature of the beast, I have no objections to the Court in the Hague, but lets be clear, it is mainly those who fought on the losing side that find themselves before that court, thus we are unlikely to see Putin in that dock for the crimes he committed in Chechnya nor Bush over Iraq.

    That a US president ordered the dropping of Atomic bombs on two of the largest cities in Japan in 1945 and walked away scot free, just about sums up victors justice and so it has always been.

    Is this fair, of course not, but that is the nature of the world we live in.

  • Mick Fealty

    I did link that piece in the previous blog. But can we hold some space for the Blair interview? 59 minutes until airtime!

  • Steve

    Geoffrey Wheatcroft has written an excellent piece on the ‘peace process’ for the International Herald and Tribune. He notes that if Martin McGuinness were a Serb he would be wanted for war crimes in the Hague.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/09/opinion/edwheatcroft.php

    Posted by Chekov on Apr 10, 2008 @ 03:31 PM

    So would Margaret Thatcher

  • BonarLaw

    Steve

    “So would Margaret Thatcher”

    That’s right. She was a terrorist god father like marty engaged in killing anyone who disagreed that he and gerry and the rest of the Army Council were the legitimate government of the island.

    Time to review youe dosage, I think.

  • Gregory

    “That a US president ordered the dropping of Atomic bombs on two of the largest cities in Japan in 1945 and walked away scot free, just about sums up victors justice and so it has always been.”

    That’s a view, however the Soviets were likely to slice through the Japanese, in terrain, suitable for European style military disasters,

    and a huge Japsanese army, with motivation, fanaticism and mustard gas

    wasn’t going to slow them down.

    And the a-bomb connundrum has been made, that evil people can kill more with a machete than with a Nazi death camp.

    When the ‘how’ becomes the issue, we’re basically talking about machetes with knobs and lights on, when the sun was put into a bomb,

    it was going to be used, because that’s our nature, and it would be used on ourselves, because that too, is the curse that is our shadow.

    We’re not the only species that invents ‘themness’, we’re just the problem primate,

    we were too dumb to avoid our own little flea which made a journey through time with us, and we’re too smart for our good.

    If one went back in time, and gave a self-cleaning toilet to a Nazi, he would soon work out that it could be used to kill people,

    and that a solution which wasn’t final wasn’t a solution.

  • the digger notes

    Tony who?