‘... stop doing this shit, and it’s over’
Dankzij een openstaande microfoon luisterde de wereld gisteren mee hoe Tony Blair en George W. Bush onderling de toestand in de wereld doornamen.
Bush: Yo, Blair. How are you doing?
Blair: I’m just...
Bush: You’re leaving?
Blair: No, no, no not yet. On this trade thingy...(onverstaanbaar)
Bush: Yeah, I told that to the man.
Blair: Are you planning to say that here or not?
Bush: If you want me to.
Blair: Well, it’s just that if the discussion arises...
Bush: I just want some movement.
Bush: Yesterday we didn’t see much movement.
Blair: No, no, it may be that it’s not, it may be that it’s impossible.
Bush: I am prepared to say it.
Blair: But it’s just I think what we need to be an opposition...
Bush: Who is introducing the trade?
Bush: Tell her to call ‘em.
Bush: Tell her to put him on, them on the spot. Thanks for the sweater it’s awfully thoughtful of you.
Blair: It’s a pleasure.
Bush: I know you picked it out yourself.
Blair: Oh, absolutely, in fact (onverstaanbaar)
Bush: What about Kofi? That seems odd. Well, I don’t like the sequence of it. His attitude is basically ceasefire and everything else happens. But you know what I’m saying.
Blair: Yeah, no I think the (onverstaanbaar) is really difficult. We can’t stop this unless you get this international business agreed.
Blair: I don’t know what you guys have talked about, but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is, but you need that done quickly because otherwise it will spiral.
Bush: I think Condi is going to go pretty soon.
Blair: But that’s, that’s, that’s all that matters. But if you... you see it will take some time to get that together.
Bush: Yeah, yeah.
Blair: But at least it gives people...
Bush: It’s a process, I agree. I told her your offer to...
Blair: Well... it’s only if I mean... you know. If she’s got a..., or if she needs the ground prepared as it were... Because obviously if she goes out, she’s got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk.
Bush: You see, the ... thing is what they need to do is to get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over.
Blair: Because I think this is all part of the same thing.
Blair: What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if we get a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way...
Bush: Yeah, yeah, he is sweet.
Blair: He is honey. And that’s what the whole thing is about. It’s the same with Iraq.
Bush: I felt like telling Kofi to call, to get on the phone to Assad and make something happen.
Bush: No, just going to make it up. I’m not going to talk too damn long, like the rest of them. Some of them talk too long.
Bush: Gotta go home. Got something to do tonight. How about you. Where are you going? Home? We have to keep this thing moving. I have to leave 2:15. They want me out of here to free up their security forces. The Russians are obviously not that delighted at having so many world leaders at their turf.
Bush: We’re not blaming Israel and we’re not blaming the Lebanese government.
Blair: Is this...? This isn’t live, is it? (drukt op de microfoon voor hem en het geluid wordt afgebroken)
Bronnen: The Independent, Associated Press, Daily Mirror