Tony Blair channels Winston Churchill December 4, 2006Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, history, Politics.
Make no mistake. Churchill was not the greatest PM in the history of Great Britain. Though in terms of having the right man at the right time, he certainly was THE man in the ’40s.
Blair is no Churchill. Yet he echoes some famous sentiments of Churchill’s with the following statement (Churchill’s original quote remains beyond my limited ability to find it just now. . .)
“Sometimes (the Americans) can be difficult friends to have. But the strain of, frankly, anti-American feeling in parts of European politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in.
“The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved. The danger is that they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage. We need them involved. We want them engaged.”
At one point in WWII, Churchill couched an appeal to Roosevelt, to the effect that once the “New World, with all of its might” were to enter the conflict, the long night of Nazism in Europe would end. Which is exactly what happened, as pressure from Russia, England and the US in the end doomed the Nazi terror, as any halfwit elementary history student ought to know by now.
Blair is now echoing the ghost of Churchill, and perhaps not for the wrong reasons. Heaven knows with all the “good feeling” coming from so many countries east of the Atlantic (Europe, Asia) towards the US, perhaps isolationism isn’t such a bad idea.