Bless Tony Blair
by Doug Patton
March 17, 2003
us assume for a moment that on September 11, 2001, nineteen
Islamic fanatics flew jet airliners not into the World Trade
Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and a field in
Pennsylvania, but rather into Buckingham Palace, Scotland
Yard and the Tower of London.
that in these attacks, 3,000 people, most of them British,
died a horrible, fiery death.
picture President George W. Bush flying to London to stand
in solidarity with the leaders of Great Britain as Prime Minister
Tony Blair gives a speech to the British people, vowing to
hunt down the enemies of his country and bring them to justice.
go by, and forces of the United Kingdom and the United States
together invade Afghanistan, the headquarters of the attack’s
main mastermind, and rid that country of the ruling Taliban.
passes. Solemn observances mark the one-year anniversary of
the attack. By now, British intelligence sources point to
Iraq as a source of terrorist training, financial support
and weaponry. Prime Minister Blair presses his case to his
Parliament and receives the green light to proceed with a
resolution in the United Nations to disarm Iraq by force if
Saddam Hussein does not do it immediately and voluntarily.
United Nations passes a resolution stating just such consequences.
Inspectors are sent in to be shown the weapons the world knows
are there, only to be taunted and teased in a six-month game
of hide-and-seek with Saddam Hussein.
proceeds on the assumption that even if his allies in Europe
abandon him, he can always count on the United States. And
indeed, his allies in Europe—most notably France and
meanwhile, back home in the United States, President Bush
is facing massive protests. He is called “Tony Blair’s
lapdog.” The vast majority of the American people turn
on the president. His job approval rating plummets, and there
appears to be no possible way that he can be reelected if
he continues on his present course of support for the British
imagine that Mr. Bush does not necessarily have a year and
a half left in his term as president, but rather could be
called upon to stand for re-election at any time.
is the position in which Tony Blair finds himself today, and
of all those who have so far weathered the storm of this coming
conflict, he is my hero.
have worked around several American politicians, at the federal,
state and local levels. Some were courageous, others politically
expedient, but precious few had the guts to put an entire
political career on the line in order to do what is right.
Blair is a member of the very left-leaning British Labor Party.
I would probably be hard-pressed to find myself in political
agreement with much in which he believes. However, on the
issue of loyalty, honor and allegiance to liberty, he is the
man of the hour. I watch him on C-Span answering a withering
array of questions in the British Parliament that no American
President could possibly imagine.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair’s predecessors
include such visionless panderers as Neville Chamberlain and
such towering statesmen as Winston Churchill. His role model
clearly is the latter.
hope the British people come to their senses, and Tony Blair
survives his current political troubles. But even if he doesn’t,
he should know that in the hearts and minds of many of us
on this side of the Atlantic, he has already earned a place
of honor in the history of nations.
God bless Tony
Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as
a speechwriter and public policy advisor at the federal, state
and local levels. His weekly columns can be read in newspapers
across the country. Readers can e-mail him at email@example.com
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