Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and Iraq ‘s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki speak at a news conference in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad December 17, 2006. Blair pledged his full support for Iraq’s government during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday and vowed not to let democracy be destroyed by ‘those who wish to live in hatred’.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will call on Wednesday for Middle East states to rein in what he calls the threat from Iran and to help advance peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.
Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, he will underline what has been the theme of his Middle East tour: moderate leaders must be empowered against extremists.
“We must recognize the strategic threat the government of Iran poses, not its people, not possibly all of its ruling elements, but those presently in charge of its policy,” he will say, according to extracts of his speech released by his office.
Iran seeks “to pin us back in Lebanon, in Iraq and in Palestine,” he will tell business leaders in Dubai.
“Our response should be to expose what they are doing, build the alliances to prevent it and pin them back across the whole of the region.”
He says to do this “we need the open and clear backing of the countries in this region that know better than me what is happening and why.”
In the meantime, the United States is considering a show of military force against Iran.
And Russia is still STALLING United Nations sanctions.
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Tony Blair is preparing the Middle East for the eventuality of the “POINT OF NO RETURN.”
Americans know the Brits will be with the United States.
The other countries of the Middle East can either help the United States and Iran achieve a negotiated settlement – which means a NO NUKE IRAN or get the hell out of the way of the United States military, NATO and the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.