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? And how can anybody with a tincture of moral sense go into a paroxysm and yell that it is he who is the war criminal? It is as if all the civilians murdered by al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be charged to his account. This is the chaotic mentality of Julian Assange and his groupies.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Contro Blair l'odio di menti confuse
questo brillante articolo in cui Christopher Hitchens racconta il suo dibattito pubblico (sulla religione) con l'ex primo ministro britannico. A proposito di Blair, oggetto ormai più dello stesso Bush dell'odio di menti piuttosto confuse, ecco cosa ha da dire Hitch: