Words can lose their meaning when Tony Blair speaks.
Collecting his “philanthropist of the year” award from GQ magazine, Blair recently saidhe could feel the “pulse of progress beating a little harder.”
Judging by the pronouncements he has made as a Middle East “peace envoy,” Blair’s definition of “progress” appears different from the standard one.
And earlier this month, Blair claimed that John Kerry was “absolutely tireless” in his efforts to promote peace, conveniently forgetting that the US secretary of state had publicly endorsed Israel’s attack on Gaza during the summer.
Those attempts to pervert language are more brazen than one I found on the website run by Blair’s office in Jerusalem.
A “rule of law program” involving the Blair team aims to help the Palestinian Authority(PA) “expand the scope of its legal and security footprint” in the occupied West Bank. In order to achieve that goal, the team is “lobbying” Israel to “reduce military incursions” into the towns and cities where most Palestinians in the West Bank live.
Collectively known as Area A, these towns and cities are theoretically controlled by the PA from a “security” perspective.
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