what is Tony Blair for? Well he can go around the world speaking for America.
After all, he's seen as a moderate and is well connected with
the American regime. Then so is Colin Powell, in spades; and
Colin does not have the pratfalls
that Blair has in places like Damascus.
seems that the only way that Britain helps is by standing in
the way of America. After all, the British are stopping America
going into Iraq, according to every reliable
report. The British are worrying about sending in ground
troops. Does America need this? In the case of Pakistan, which
has a similarly moderating influence, it clearly does need it;
as America can't launch any strikes without Pakistani help.
But for Britain?
feelings on this fight are clear, I don't have any. As far as
I am concerned, this is a fight between America and Al Qaeda.
If America wants to pulverise Al Qaeda in any way it seems fit,
then it is entirely America's concern. The only problem I have
is Britain's involvement in somebody else's fight (believe me
I would be far more het up if we fought on Al Qaeda's side).
Some do not see it this way: Iain Duncan-Smith, for example.
Iain Duncan-Smith is a creature of certain Washington think
tanks, most notably the Heritage Foundation. While not being
a "neo-Conservative", he is most certainly well plugged into
the Washington conservative establishment. And what do they
want? Well, a widening
of the war. And who is the biggest hurdle to this? Why,
it's Britain. The logical response for these people would be
to tell Britain to go home with a nice thank you card. So what
should Iain Duncan-Smith do to help his friends
inside the Beltway? The logic of this situation would be
that he should oppose British involvement in the war, as should
the American Rupert Murdoch (proprietor of the Sun and
Times) and the Canadian Conrad Black (Telegraph).
Let's get out of America's way.
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