A Foreign Office minister has conceded that Tony Blair's refusal to call for a ceasefire during 34 days of slaughter in Lebanon may have been a mistake.Curious stuff. Kim Howells used to be chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel. Now he's saying that Blair's support for the racist war criminals of the State of Israel has cost him his premiership. One question, since he would have been ignored anyway, why didn't Blair call for a ceasefire? He's marked out as a serial liar anyway. No one would have taken him seriously. So why didn't he do it?
The admission by Kim Howells, minister for the Middle East, reflects the growing worries of senior figures in government that Mr Blair's defence of US foreign policy at every turn is damaging his administration at home and abroad.
Mr Howells also conceded that the decision to oppose - with the US - the international demand for an immediate ceasefire was not properly explained to the British public.
Mr Blair's isolated stance is seen as a major reason for the revolt that forced him to announce last week that he would be standing down within 12 months.
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