A very real indictment of the mainstream media is its insistence on giving a platform to people like Tony Blair, but then that is how the mainstream media fulfills its brief; Fill Joe Soap’s head with the “Boris Johnsons” and “Tony Blairs” of this world and he might stop thinking about the real issues, submit and sink, and join in the circus. However, the readers’ comments on today’s “Tony Blair” article in ‘The Guardian’ indicate that …. well, you can fool some of the people, some of the time!
In a speech to the neo-conservative Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Blair said he was surprised by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, given “the question of electability”, and, while one reader wants reminded of what party Blair actually led, as it certainly wasn’t a socialist one, another points out that he ended free education and destabilised the Middle East.
“Destabilised” is, of course, putting it mildly and Blair is a war criminal who should be behind bars. Still, there was evidence that he had a brain of sorts, even if it did contain a warped mind, yet what we have in this article is evidence of a lazy intellect which either fails to grasp, or ignores, the fact that Bernie Sanders, who backed the intervention in Afghanistan and who also “voted for military action in the Balkans in 1999″, cannot be equated with a man who actually refused to say the word “Israel” at a Labour Party conference and who has never voted for military intervention. Horrors of horrors, Corbyn, might be a socialist who is leading the Labour Party, but when it comes to Sanders, Tony shouldn’t be too worried, for, as Paul Street quite rightly states, “real socialists don’t embrace racist imperialism, the House of Saud, Israeli apartheid and terror, the Democratic Party, the Pentagon System, and, by the way, private ownership of the means of production.”
In other words Tony, it might even be that in Bernie you have a kindred spirit. Moreover, if that seems a bit harsh on Bernie at this stage of the proceedings, it is difficult not to cast our minds back to the “Yes, we can” and the hype man, and maybe even of those heady days in 1997 when the great gullible British public put its faith in that epitome of newspeak, “new Labour”. At least, when we do that there will be no illusions about a Sanders presidency.
This is the real tragedy, because unless we do find an alternative to capitalism, the morally bankrupt and intellectually shallow Blair will continue to bleat his pathetic “but there are wars” dismissal of those, like Jeremy Corbyn, who take an anti-war stand. Of course, in doing so he will conveniently ignore his own culpability in the perpetual wars and in the death of millions, the ticking ecological time bomb that is hanging over the planet, and the hell on earth that already defines the majority of mankind’s existence.