London, UK, December 17 – On his current Middle East trip to revive the ‘Middle East peace process’ Tony Blair warned that the situation in the region “will continue to go backwards" if the peace process is not revived.
Another widely reported theme of his trip has been his bid to fashion an "arc of moderation" to draw “moderate” Muslim nations closer to the West in a bid to defuse extremism and stabilise the region.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Blair’s visit is no more than gesture politics from an outgoing Prime Minister trying to shape his legacy. Everyone knows that he has no credibility on the streets of Gaza, Ramallah, Cairo or Basra. There, he is remembered for his support for Israel – especially during last summer’s massacre in Lebanon and Gaza, as well as his disastrous Iraq invasion that has claimed an estimated 650,000 civilian lives.”
''Blair’s talk of building an ‘arc of moderation’ means an arc of regimes that display their 'moderation' by their compliance with his colonialist policies. Blair’s 'moderates' include Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, who tortures and oppresses his people, and supports the Zionist occupation of Palestine.”
''Coming only days after demonstrating his willingness to placate the Saudi dictators, we can be sure that these regimes will maintain their 'moderate' status as long as they continue to serve the colonial interests of the West – even if they continue to commit abuses of people’s rights – and especially if they support the apartheid regime that brutalises the people of Palestine.''