Thursday 14 December 2017

Blair deserves better from us

TONY Blair deserves the gratitude and admiration of every person on this island. No other British prime minister ever devoted so much time or so much intelligence to the search for peace and stability in Ireland -- or with such happy results.

And in any objective assessment of his career, nobody should overlook his domestic achievements. His New Labour project transformed not only his party but the entire political system. A measure of his success is that although the party lost the recent general election, it has remained a serious contender for power.

But there is another side, and a dark one, to his record. Countless millions here and everywhere believe that his participation in the invasion of Iraq wiped out all his achievement and turned him (for the excitable) into a war criminal and (for the reasonable) into a leader who made an epochal blunder.

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