The Case For Tony
Hitchens endorses Blair’s liberal or humanitarian interventionism first manifest in – and I’d forgotten it – the commitment of troops to Sierra Leone where mercenaries were running a blood diamond racket with enslaved child soldiers. There and in Kosovo he committed troops. In Sierra Leone he may have stopped another Rwanda. He acted as no other British Labour leader – think, says Hitchens of Harold Wilson and Rhodesia.
If the Hitch gives him credit for courage he’s bemused by the utterance that Blair says he resigned when, “My constituency in the media had evaporated.” I see this as an entirely understandable sentiment. But I share Hitchen’s disdain for Blair’s view that Princess Diana was the embodiment of New Labour.