Thursday, June 13, 2002
Sucked into the Middle East

Ever since the "war on terror" commenced, any independent action that Britain may have taken in the Israeli crisis has diminished because of Blair's ever closer relationship with George Bush Jr. Sharon stopped over in London for "useful and constructive" talks with Blair after his visit to the US on the 10th June. A senior official stated that Sharon views Britain as one of the "least unfriendly countries" in the EU and discussed the proposed peace conference, where Israel opposes any role for the EU. So, Britain's diplomacy in the region may be aligned more and more with the USA in practice despite the policies that the EU constructs to defend its role in the Palestinian territories. An example of the current militarisation of US foreign policy forcing a division between British and EU goals.


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