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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:10 PM
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Blair denies Iraq on brink of civil war
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http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_8356.sh...

Blair denies Iraq on brink of civil war

Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday rejected suggestions that the "devastating reports" from occupied Iraq meant that the country was on the brink of civil war.

"I don't agree with those assessments," Blair said when asked by Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy about whether Iraq was heading for civil war, referring to the latest report by the BBC's John Simpson about the "escalating violence" among others.

Speaking in his last Prime Minister's Questions in parliament before the three-month summer recess, he also refused to give "an estimate" on how long a substantial British force will remain in Iraq.

"My response is to stand firm and see it through," Blair said, returning to his argument that the issue of the violence is about defeating terrorism.

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wookie294 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:16 PM
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1. Blair denies he's in denial
Poor kid. LOL.
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:21 PM
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3. Good Assesment
Tony Bush
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:19 PM
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2.  - Iraqis Disagree
:eyes:
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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:31 PM
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4. Yes, and he said Britain was 45 minutes away from a mushroom cloud.
Sorry, Tony, don't buy it. (However much I hope you're right, this time.)
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:34 PM
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5. blair/bush should put their denials on audio loop-hit "play"
for response--one answer fits all.
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dmkinsey Donating Member (789 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:34 PM
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6. Did he say
"There's light at the end of the tunnel?"
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:44 PM
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7. so when it comes it'll be ALL THE more fun than it is right now.
SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So saith Tony the Blair
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:49 PM
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8. Spot on as they say.
To be 'on the brink' the event in question must be happening in the near future. For example it is perfectly true that we are not on the brink of the peak oil crisis. In both cases the rhetorical sleight of hand here is that the event is actually in the near past. The Iraqi civil war has started as has the peak oil crisis. Just look out the mirror, you can see shiite and sunni and kurd killing each other in Iraq either directly or through their proxies, all because we are determined to posses one of the last sources of cheap oil as the peak oil crisis tears apart the fabric of the system of the world.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:50 PM
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9. Son, you're failing 6 of your 7 courses this quarter
I don't agree with those reports.

Oh, ok.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:53 PM
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10. The Brits don't call Lord Bushpoodle "Tony bLIAR" for nothin'. n/t
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:22 PM
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11. blair has no credibility
when Iraq was not involved in any attacks, him and his bush master claimed they were.

now Iraq is probably involved in the London attacks, and he's denying the link.

makes no sense.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:19 PM
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12. What a putz and a schmuck.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:35 PM
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13. WTF does he know? When's the last time he was there?
And British intelligence? They're the ones that said no group has the capabilities nor the intent to attack London.


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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:41 PM
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14. Well, I'd agree. Iraq's not on the brink of civil war. It's already there.
2 constitution writers were gunned down today.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4696869.stm

Yep, things are going just fine
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:42 PM
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15. Jeez, you libruls! Who are you going to believe -- Tony Blair or
Your own eyes?

And if you choose incorrectly, it means you don't support the troops and you want the terrorists to win! You libruls!
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:56 PM
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16. Well, ya gotta give him this: he's consistent; he's been wrong all along
How does this guy have a shred of credibility left? He makes Baghdad Bob look like a straight-shooter.

I don't know what's worse: the stiff upper lip twaddle or Junior's smirky little swaggering. Fine. Make more pronouncements that'll be shown to be way off the mark. I've heard of pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps, but this is dragging oneself through the mud.

Some would say the place is already in a civil war.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:58 PM
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17. Of course, this confirms that Iraq IS on the brink of civil war.
n/t
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