LRB essay on blair

Peter Clarke traces the changes in Tony Blair’s position on Iraq from the start of the crisis in August 2002 to the invasion last March. Blair’s initial support of the US, Clarke argues, was “a justifiable prudential strategy” but by the winter of this year, “Blair’s rhetoric shifted gear, from conditional to imperative and from consequential to moral. In the process the issue changed. The problem was no longer to identify and find and contain the weapons of mass destruction that were the basis of the case put to the UN. The task was redefined, increasingly explicitly, as that of overthrowing the forces of evil represented by Saddam Hussein and his regime. When Blair talked, as he did increasingly, of being judged by history, it was in these virtually providential terms. Hence his retrospective claim that history would forgive him, even if no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, presumably because he had put on the whole armour of God and stood against the wiles of the Devil.”
Blair Must Go.


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