July 10, 2010

A GOOD WAR IS ONE STARTED BY A DEMOCRAT:

Named after Tony in the land where Blair is king (Ben Chu, 10 July 2010, Independent)

"A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country". How keenly Tony Blair must have appreciated the wisdom of those words on his visit to Pristina yesterday.

The streets in the Kosovan capital were covered with posters showing our former prime minister's beaming face and proclaiming: "A Leader. A friend. A Hero".

Were such posters to be put up in many other nations the words "A war criminal" would probably be graffitied beneath that list of achievements. But not in Kosovo, where Mr Blair is revered for his active support for the 1999 Nato military operation to defend the former Yugoslav province from Serbian aggression.

It was a day of multiple honours. Mr Blair was met by the Kosovan Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, and serenaded by the Kosovo Ceremonial Guard. He was then whisked away to the main square in the capital to pose with a convention of what looked, at first sight, like a line-up of junior Milibands. These turned out to be nine "Toniblers" and "Tonis", ethnic Albanian children named after him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2010 12:10 PM
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