The importance of “them”

‘Madness’ of anti-US attitude is full of risk, says Blair

Tony Blair gave warning yesterday that the “madness”Â? of anti-Americanism in Europe was increasing the risk that the United States could walk away from world affairs.

Addressing the Australian Parliament, Blair said that he did not always agree with the Americans and that sometimes they could be “difficult friends”Â?. But he said that the danger today was not that the Americans were too much involved in international affairs. The danger was that they might decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage.

“We need them involved. We want them engaged,”Â? Mr Blair said. “The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them.”Â?

He added: “The strain of anti-American feeling in parts of European and world politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in.”Â?

The centrepiece of Mr Blair’s speech was a call for a new global alliance representing universal values. The alliance did not end with America but began with her, and it required an active foreign policy of engagement, not isolationism.

“If we want to secure our way of life, there is no alternative but to fight for it. That means standing up for our values, not just in our own country but the world over,”Â? he said.

This reminds me of Catholicguage‘s comment on yesterday’s post about Belarus:

A shame that the European Union, long criticized for ineffectiveness by me and others, has been silent about Belarus’ crack down on protestors. If one would replace Lukashenko with Bush, I think the world would care alot more.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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9 Responses to The importance of “them”

  1. Jorge Azevedo says:

    Blair’s statements could be an interesting point if the US was doing us a favor by sticking its nose on world affairs, which is not the case. The US doesn’t need any countries support to do whatever they want to do, like invading Iraq.
    I love the submission tone underneath the speech, “Shut up or we’re screwed” kind of thing.

  2. Chief Wiggum says:

    A short excerpt from a “Victor Davis Hanson article”:http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson010705.html

    _There is a new strange mood of acceptance among Americans about the world beyond our shores. Of course, we are not becoming naïve isolationists of 1930s vintage, who believe that we are safe by ourselves inside fortress America — not after September 11. Nor do citizens deny that America has military and moral obligations to stay engaged abroad — at least for a while yet…In fact, an American consensus is growing that envy and hatred of the United States, coupled with utopian and pacifistic rhetoric, disguise an even more depressing fact: Outside our shores there is a growing barbarism with no other sheriff in sight…All this … has desensitized Americans, left and right, liberal and conservative. We will finish the job in Iraq, nursemaid democratic Afghanistan through its birthpangs, and continue to ensure that bandits and criminal states stay off the world’s streets. But what is new is that the disenchanted American is becoming savvy and developing a long memory — and so we all fear the day is coming when he casts aside the badge, rides the buckboard out of town, and leaves such sanctimonious folk to themselves._

  3. Rix says:

    Yes, the world needs a sherrif to keep the peace because there are baddies out there. But could sherrif not go around burning the town please!

  4. Chief Wiggum says:

    Bismarck was quoted as saying the Balkans “were not even worth the healthy bones of a single Pomeranian musketeer.” Maybe the Bihar kind of innovative, low-impact sheriffing is what we need. Today Bihar, tomorrow ???:

    “India’s cash for criminals programme”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4848954.stm
    By Amarnath Tewary
    Patna, Bihar state

    Over 190 criminals have surrendered. The government in India’s most lawless state, Bihar, has come up with a new approach to crime. It is paying criminals to surrender and give up their weapons.

    A murder takes place every two hours, a rape is committed every six and a bank is looted every day in Bihar, according to police records.

    Now a desperate state government is offering 10,000 rupees ($222) to every criminal to turn themselves in.

    It is also offering a monthly ‘income’ of 3,000 rupees ($66) to every criminal who surrenders.

    The government’s compensation rates for arms depend on the type of weapon given up:

    25,000 rupees ($555) for a rocket launcher, light machine gun or a rifle
    15,000 rupees ($333) for AK-47 guns
    3,000 rupees ($66) for pistols, revolvers, and old rifles… So far 191 criminals have already surrendered for cash in the districts of Supaul and Madhepura in the presence of Bihar’s new chief minister, Nitish Kumar…The government, however, says the cash-for-criminals scheme is part of a larger plan to rehabilitate criminals.

    Bihar’s additional director general of police Abhyanand told the BBC that the state had earmarked 200,000 rupees ($4,444) as a “rehabilitation package” for every criminal who surrendered.

    Bihar is India’s kidnapping ‘capital’
    The government will pay a quarter of this money, while the remaining will come in “easy bank loans” to criminals, he says.

    It also says the money will be deposited in a bank account held jointly with a family member of the surrendered criminal, and there will be a cap on the maximum withdrawal every month.

    The government says it also plans to pay for the primary education of the children of the surrendering criminals.

    Observers wonder whether such a scheme would encourage people to take to crime, and then surrender for the lucre.

    Police chief Abhyanand says the government will be carefully screening the criminals who surrender to avoid such an eventuality.

    “And remember, the surrendering criminals still have to face the courts.”

  5. lirelou says:

    Chief, believe that was “Pomeranian Grenadier”. Egad man, the Germans were civilized enough to use rifles. Musketeers indeed!

    ps. Thanks for the Bihar info.

  6. Chief Wiggum says:

    I relied on an _Atlantic_ article written by Robert D. Kaplan. _”The whole of the Balkans,” Bismarck said sagely, “is not worth the healthy bones of a single Pomeranian musketeer.”_

    I googled “bismarck bones of pomeranian musketeer.” The Kaplan article is the fifth. If the “quote” does not appear in the writings of Bismarck, I would not be surprised that there is disagreement over what he said. If you google “bismarck bones of pomeranian grenadier,” you will get 604 hits.

  7. lirelou says:

    Chief, did you google “Pomeranian grenadier”? Of course, while my quote comes from an old Naval War College course (Strategy and Policy), the text was in English, not German.

  8. Catholicguage? Who’s Catholicguage?

    -Catholicgauze

  9. Dan tdaxp says:

    Catholicguage? Who’s Catholicguage?

    Adversary of Orthoguage, and hated nemesis of Lutherguage? ;-)