Sunday, October 07, 2007

All quiet on the leadership front as our troops die in faraway lands

"Under Blair the British government expended its hard-won capital of soft power — commercial, cultural and legal diplomacy — in favour of practising swordplay in the shadow of the Pentagon. This has led to bloodshed and disaster. But were that shadow to be withdrawn and were British soldiers still facing defeat in the deserts of Helmand, who then is to hold their hand, what lodestar is to guide them? Last week answer came there none." —Simon Jenkins

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