Wednesday, August 02, 2006

We must rethink the WoT

Tony BlairThe problem with this, as with so many of Tony Blair's statements, is that he needs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk:

"We will not win the battle against this global extremism unless we win it at the level of values as much as force, unless we show we are even-handed, fair and just in the applications of those values to the world. At present we are far away from persuading those we need to persuade that this is true."

He could start by instructing his Home Secretary to act upon rather than attack judicial defeats of their Draconian policies.

UPDATE: As David Clark says: "Blair's failure has been his inability to translate his analysis into a viable strategy for bringing about the just global order he envisages. For this he has only himself to blame. Where on earth did he get the idea that George Bush - the most rightwing president in modern American history - would be a willing ally in his great liberal scheme?"

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