- You shouldn't believe everything you read in the press
- Either the truth is inconvenient, or "the media" can spin more effectively than New Labour
- What he really thinks is that we are to blame
Further into the article, we learn, "the Prime Minister disclosed his fears that the West no longer had the stomach for sustained military campaigns". I suppose that's one way of putting it; another might be that he has failed to lead our hearts and minds in that direction. It seems to me that Blair never presents arguments; he presents decisions in a "with-me-or-against-me" manner (see also nuclear power), and it's no wonder we don't like it or buy it.
And when he's pressed on such matters, Gordon Brown always toes his leader's line: so who do we vote for?
I don't feel any sympathy for Saddam; I do find it ironic that the charges on which he was convicted arise from his time in office when his regime was supported by the West. It seems to me that the recording and airing of his execution was distasteful (though of course it's not as if we've never had public hangings ourselves), and that the reported taunting shows a lack of respect not so much for Saddam personally but for the judicial process, right or wrong. If we intend to implement regime change only where it's apparently in our self-interest, would someone please discover oil in Zimbabwe so that we can get rid of Mugabe? Or, perhaps, we should stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
Finally Mr Blair, no, it is not worth Britain being a big defence power if it is only ever a mini-Me to the US; it's only worth doing so if it will make decisions and act independently.