Poor Tony Blair. He got out of office but only just before the mob showed up with tar and feathers. Then his real boss, George w. hisself, comes up with the brainwave to have Blair appointed "special envoy" to represent the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, in trying to sort out Middle Eastern problems, particularly the Palestinian dilemma.
The only bunch who don't seem to be buying the Blair thing are the Arabs themselves. From The Guardian:
Israel is delighted he is getting involved but Arab reactions range from sceptical to openly hostile. "George Bush wanted to reward Blair for his hostility to the Arabs," said Galal Nassar in Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly. "In backing Bush's nominee the Quartet has endorsed a disastrous choice." Columnist Rami Khouri wrote in Beirut's Daily Star: "If there is an award for the combined negative credibility of an institution plus an individual, the Quartet and Blair should be its first recipients. Appointing Tony Blair as special envoy for Arab-Israeli peace is something like appointing the Emperor Nero to be the chief fireman of Rome."