Tony as M.E. Envoy - Why It Makes Sense
It may come as a surprise to see that there are good reasons for giving Blair the job as the unifier of the Palestinians and angel of peace. Good political reasons, that is.
On the plus side he does know the importance of getting a lasting Israel/Palestine peace process to the whole of the Middle East. Secondly, he has some experience, given the Northern Ireland peace process. It doesn't really work when you stretch the analogy too far, but it is a plus.
For practical reasons, the US and Israel want him, the EU is less sure, but is prepared to give him a try. Russia is uninterested. The important thing is that all these people want to be seen to be doing something, but expectations of actually achieving anything are very low. So a good performer is the key requirement. Sure, he might be able to bring something off, but that's a long shot and everyone knows it.
So, what's in it for Tony? Well he's got one bit blot on his CV, an Iraq shaped blot to be exact. If he can play the peacemaker - and Iraq doesn't explode - for a few years then he will be better prepared for a job he actually wants, the Presidency of the EU, that starts in 2009.
Then, after a few years of that he goes for the UN Secretary General in 2012.
Blairwatch - we're going to be around for a lot longer.