CAABU letter published in The Independent, 7th September 2006
Britain undermined in Arab eyes
Sir: Patrick Cockburn mounts a savage indictment of British Middle East
5 September 2006
British interests have now become specific targets for Islamist
militants. The immoral, incompetent and ill-judged hotchpotch of
Blairite positions has seriously undermined British interests in the
Arab world, embarrassed our friends and boosted our enemies. The British
Prime Minister is no longer trusted, and increasingly is viewed with the
same open hatred and contempt as George Bush. He is frequently seen as
responsible for the destruction of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, for the
loss of lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs and Muslims, and for
fuelling the extremism that is blighting so many Middle Eastern states.
It is difficult to see where Blair has advanced British interests in the
region at any level.
DIRECTOR, COUNCIL FOR ARAB-BRITISH UNDERSTANDING LONDON EC4