Christopher Hitchens defends Tony Blair’s legacy of war:
When Tony Blair took office, Slobodan Miloševic’ was cleansing and raping the republics of the former Yugoslavia. Mullah Omar was lending Osama bin Laden the hinterland of a failed and rogue state. Charles Taylor of Liberia was leading a hand-lopping militia of enslaved children across the frontier of Sierra Leone, threatening a blood-diamond version of Rwanda in West Africa. And the wealth and people of Iraq were the abused private property of Saddam Hussein and his crime family.
Today, all of these Caligula figures are at least out of power, and at the best either dead or on trial. How can anybody with a sense of history not grant Blair some portion of credit for this?
Andrew Sullivan isn’t quite so impressed:
How does the Catholic convert Blair react to the fact that Iraq is nowcleansing and murdering its once considerable Christian population, asMoqtada al Sadr increasingly calls the shots in the new government andas torture appears to be routine in the criminal justice system in thatcountry? He is understandably quiet.
And it wasn’t just the aftermath of war that tarnished his legacy, it was the lies.
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