Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Blair and the Labour party killed far more children in Iraq than the Israelis have killed in Gaza

It is possible of course that Ed Miliband's stance over Gaza is the considered view of a principled statesman pursuing an ethical foreign policy:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/02/ed-miliband-david-cameron-inexplicable-silence-gaza

But is it not convenient that it also provides him with a way of distancing the Labour party from the Blair invasion of Iraq?

Of making the Labour party the defender (rhetorically) of the world's Muslims?

Of scooping up all those bloc vote abstentions in inner city constituencies that contributed to Labour's defeat in 2010?

The fact that Blair and the Labour party killed far more children in Iraq than the Israelis have killed in Gaza is neither here nor there.

Ed Miliband and his goons will be counting on the fact that memories are short.  That Gaza is a bigger issue than Iraq.  That Muslim bloc voters do as their elders tell them.

Will this strategy work?

Possibly.

Bloc voters are stupid (that is a truism I'm afraid).

But it may blow up in Ed Miliband's face.

Not everyone will forget what Blair did in Iraq (and they may test Mr Miliband by insisting on the expulsion from the Labour party of Tony Blair and the remaining Blairites).  Not every Muslim will be convinced by Ed Milband's emergence as the champion of the Muslims.  Adopting a pro-Muslim foreign policy might lose as many votes as it attracts, since one of Labour's biggest problems is that it is seen as the pro-immigrant party.
 

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