I'm not suprised at anything the cunt did or will do in the future
Did anyone watch Andrew Marr this morning they were on about it on there with footage of the troubles (cue Paras on Bloody Sunday and tri - colour draped coffins)
When Blair was asked in the upcoming programe about the morals of meeting these terrorists he stated
Hand on heart I couldn't say that the every action of the British State(an IRA term?) was above board
Souds like he's been paying to much attention to his new mate Jerry
This bit should have warned the military of things to come
Blair was prepared to have a showdown with the British army over its initial refusal to remove watchtowers from the strongly republican South Armagh. The head of the army in Northern Ireland threatened to resign, though an agreement was eventually reached.
Of course he was going to meet them, let's not be so naive that we think it was realistic to keep home rule in NI for ever. The war in NI was no longer contributing to British political strategy and the people in the province were simply fed up being at war while the rest of the British Isles were doing ok. If you are still fighting a war after nearly 40 years and people are still dying, surely there comes a time to stop and think "f*** this for a game of soldiers (pun intended) let's move on". OK Gerry and Co did reasonably well out of it all, but they've had the political stamina (and weasel cunning) to stay right till the end - I suppose being British agents probably helped!
While I agree that Blair is a loathesome toad lets not forget that Lloyd George, Willie Whitelaw, Harold Wilson (who went to Dublin) and John Major also 'talked' to the IRA. The British Gov't decided in 1919 to pull out of Ireland and are still in the process of doing it.
It would be very "couragious" (as per Yes, Minister/Prime Minster definition) for gerry to let tony meet the IRA Army Council (so called (they ain't a fcuking Army. Top Terrorist scum would be a better description)).
After all, balaclava or not, tony might recognise his voice.