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02/14/2003 Entry: "Tony Blair, a man alone"

"A FORTNIGHT ago, Bagehot argued that although Tony Blair's support for America over Iraq had left him politically exposed, the extent of his vulnerability had been somewhat exaggerated. Popular opposition to war could be largely overcome by a United Nations resolution specifically authorizing military intervention. Even without it, and even though a large number of his own MPs would probably vote against him, Mr Blair would still get a substantial majority in a House of Commons vote on the war. Once British forces were in harm's way, if past experience was anything to go by, patriotic support for “our boys” would sweep away many of the doubts about their mission. As long as the war was swift and successful, the prime minister would be home free."

God, is Bagehot a soulless bastard or is it just the way we live now? Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but Bagehot appears to have no problem sacrificing the lives of British Tommys so Tony Blair can stay in power. May the good Lord help us all if that's the case. I've always known it was all about power, but I've never seen it so raw and disgusting before.

"The prime minister will continue to insist that Britain should be the bridge between Europe and America. But if the gap is too wide to be spanned, even the best of bridges will disintegrate. Transatlantic spats are nothing new, but without the cold war glue that could once be relied upon to bound fractious partners back together, they have taken on a different and more rancorous quality. It is September 11th that has made this one particularly dangerous. Few Europeans comprehend America's feeling that it is being betrayed in its hour of need—and, thus, the lasting damage that Europe's leaders may now be doing." The boy stood on the burning bridge, Bagehot, The Economist, Feb 14, 2003 Yes! A free article for once!

Sometimes I wonder what 'America', if not what planet, The Economist does its reporting on. Most Americans, certainly all the ones I know, feel our own unelected administration is betraying us in our hour of need and wish we had leaders like Chirac and Schröder. But, I suppose the Brits are allowed to be smug; when they get fed up with Blair, they can vote him out and someone else in. Unlike we suckers here, who are stuck with the anti-administration until 2005, unless something tosses us a lucky break. Sigh. Oh well, at least I get Monday off.

 

 

 

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