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Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us

While trawling down the Mail Online’s right-hand-side of the page porno strip, to consider analytically the latest photographs of Jessica Alba in a swimming costume, I came across a rather good piece of journalism by Stephen Glover.

Yes, yes; you know this already. But the horrors inflicted by US/UK liberal evangelism on the world (and then later, by extension, on ourselves) cannot be understated. Liberal evangelism and, as Glover has it, arrogance and narcissism on the part of primarily Tony Blair. To which we might add an abiding stupidity, too. And a messianic fervour.

It was always the case that no matter how foul the despots who ran those ghastly regimes in the Arab world, they were substantially less ghastly than the regimes which the local people would wish to impose upon themselves. And that’s before you consider the endless warfare between competing armies of deranged jihadis. I suspect our adventures in Iraq, and our encouragement of the ‘Arab Spring’ rebels, will come to be seen, a century from now, far more disastrous for the locals than our colonialism (of which liberal evangelism is merely a modern variant). And of course, far less helpful for us.

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