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More on Syria

There is a genuine ... ripple of change at the moment but it is happening throughout the Middle East and it is important that we encourage it because it is out of [the Middle East] that so many of the issues that we grapple with in the international community arise," Mr Blair said.

He described as of "huge significance" the announcement of the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, at the weekend to hold multi-party elections for the presidency, the Palestinian elections in January, as well as changes in Kuwait and the Gulf states.

Syria yesterday came under diplomatic bombardment over allegations that it was linked to the recent suicide bombing in Israel. The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, last night said there was "firm evidence" that Islamic Jihad based in Syria had helped plan the Tel Aviv bombing.
Blair who has been under constant attack for Iraq from the left of the Labour Party and the rather nastily anti-American English and European chattering classes, took a huge gamble backing the invasion. It looks as if that gamble is paying off.

The english, and parts of the rest of Europe may be waking up to the implications of their declining birth rates, faltering economies and growing Muslim populations. It is not clear what that will actually cash out to.

What is clear is that Blair is more than likely to win re-election in the face of his lefty opponents and the envy embittered anti-Americans in England. This is partially because the British Conservative Party seems so tired; but it is also a tribute to Blair's capacity to stay the course in Iraq.