Not Saussure

May 31, 2007

Making the world a better place…

Filed under: Blair, hubris — notsaussure @ 7:46 pm

The BBC, today:

Tony Blair has used a keynote speech in South Africa to say there is a “moral obligation” to use political action “to make the world better”.Mr Blair, who promised more training for African peacekeeping forces and continued aid to the region, defended his interventionist foreign policy.

Mr Blair, writing in The Sunday Times this week,of his ‘interventionist foreign policy’:

tell me exactly what they feel angry about. We remove two utterly brutal and dictatorial regimes [in Afghanistan and Iraq]; we replace them with a United Nations-supervised democratic process and the Muslims in both countries get the chance to vote, which incidentally they take in very large numbers. And the only reason it is difficult still is because other Muslims are using terrorism to try to destroy the fledgling democracy and, in doing so, are killing fellow Muslims.What’s more, British troops are risking their lives trying to prevent the killing. Why should anyone feel angry about us?



  1. well put. The idiocy of pretending we do not follow a purely realpolitik foriegn policy is beyond belief.

    Our leaders do what they consider right for our national interest. i don;t think many people at heart disagree with this except whimsical lefties.

    it is pathetic to pretend otherwise. At least the neocons are honest, if misguided.

    Comment by cityunslicker — May 31, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

  2. I wonder whether Blair really thinks in such a childish way, or if he is deliberately using the reasoning of a 10 year old because he hasn’t got any other excuses. Because something would be a Good Thing does not mean we must do it, and especially so in international politics. You have to look at the overall and long term consequences, and factor in the likely reactions of all involved. I can’t believe it’s really necessary to say that!

    Anyway we were constantly told that the reason we had to invade Iraq was to save our country from imminent danger. There would never have been a parliamentary majority for starting a war to “make the world a better place”.

    But we still don’t know why Blair really did it. His own explanation, crazy as it is, might just be the true one.

    Comment by Tode — May 31, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

  3. I don’t know what Tony Blair knows about moral obligations. For example, where was the moral obligation not to go to war in Iraq?

    I can’t believe that he made himself Chief of Peace in Sierra Leone…

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — May 31, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

  4. Blair, Chief of Peace? That sounds like Diana, Queen of Hearts. He was the People’s Chief…

    Comment by notsaussure — May 31, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

  5. Interesting how the justification put forward at the time was very different to how Blair now seeks to explain the reasons to go to war.

    What is a ‘keynote’ speech anyway? How is it different from any other kind of speech?

    Comment by Political umpire — June 1, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  6. And that the ‘majority’ of Iraqis want us out (in fact their is also majority support for attacks on our troops) and yet we stay. So lucky they had elections, poor things would be lost without democracy..

    Comment by Chris — June 1, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  7. “Our leaders do what they consider right for our national interest. i don;t think many people at heart disagree with this except whimsical lefties.”

    Except the reason to go was to ‘fight terrorism’, yet studies (including the CIA’s own study) said that an attack would increase both terrorism and the number of terrorists. It’s in the national interest if you include a very narrow strata of construction, oil and weapons corporations – past that, I see few benefits.

    Comment by Chris — June 1, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

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