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Tony Blair In Africa: How The Former Prime Minister Went To War Against Ebola, And Won The Adoration Of Sierra Leone

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tony-blair-in-africa-how-the-former-prime-minister-went-to-war-against-ebola-and-won-the-adoration-of-sierra-leone-10315222.html

The crowd is four deep, and as the cavalcade pulls into Sierra Leone's Connaught Hospital, a hush descends on the assembled doctors and nurses. The passenger door opens and at the first glimpse of the emerging figure there is an eruption of cheers.

The crowd is not here for a Hollywood celebrity or chart-topper, or even for an existing world leader. The focus of their adoration is instead a man who has not been in elected office for almost a decade, and who, in his home country, is dogged by protesters declaring him a war criminal. In Sierra Leone, however, they love the man; in 2007 they awarded him the title Paramount Chief of Kuffa Bulam – or, as he is elsewhere known, Tony Blair.

To understand the adoration, you need to look back to his first term as Prime Minister, and specifically the year 2000, when Blair sent British troops to end this West African nation's brutal civil war. The scars of that conflict are still visible, the memories deep; and Sierra Leoneans certainly haven't forgotten the debt they owe to "Tony", as they all seem to call him here.

Does the obvious need stating?

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Will no one rid us of this turbulent pri...er... person?

I wish I could! He left with alll our money!

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To be fair, it was the (only) one of Blair's wars that made things better rather than worse.

Except ... AIUI, british troops were supposed to be observing, not fighting. It was a local commander on the ground who ignored his political masters and actually did something when faced with the prospect of observing horrors.

Do you suppose he'll now buy up all their houses and raise the rents each year?

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To be fair, it was the (only) one of Blair's wars that made things better rather than worse.

Except ... AIUI, british troops were supposed to be observing, not fighting. It was a local commander on the ground who ignored his political masters and actually did something when faced with the prospect of observing horrors.

If he inspired Blair's later adventures he has a lot to answer for.

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Perhaps if we made wax dolls and simultaneously stuck pins in?

Haiti?

Now I have this totally un-PC vision of him being boiled in a pot, by Africans with bones through their noses, a la "Tintin in the Congo". :blink:

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