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Timur Fomenko
Timur Fomenko
Timur Fomenko is a political analyst.

Tony Blair wants the West to reign supreme, but ignores his own role in its decline

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The UK’s divisive former prime minister recognizes that the world has become multipolar, but not the fact that it’s his own legacy.

In British politics, Tony Blair is a highly controversial former prime minister and a polarizing figure. His cheerleading and participation in the Iraq War of 2003, brandished upon the false premise that Saddam Hussein possessed ‘weapons of mass destruction’, is one of the most memorable features of his premiership. Coupled with the domestic policies of his ‘New Labour’ project, it illustrates that Blair, despite being a Labour prime minister, was a de-facto right-wing leader who embraced the political consensus of Thatcherism.

Blair was an ardent neoconservative, who represented the era of ‘Pax Americana’ in the 1990s and early 2000s, and engaged in military action more than any other British prime minister of modern times. Yet, for the British psyche, this is accepted as normal and Tony Blair is ultimately not disgraced for his foreign policy, even as his domestic politics ignites bitter divides in the Labour camp. Recently, Blair made a speech at the Ditchley Annual Lecture, which focused on the challenges posed by Russia and China.

The address ultimately covered the need to maintain Western supremacy in a rapidly changing international environment. Blair brought up the collapse of the Soviet Union and the advent of Western unipolarity and attributed the domestic economic policies of both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher as being fundamental to the Western triumph – in other words, free market capitalism and neoliberalism. He proceeded to argue that poor economic choices since that time, and an ill-fitted response to the global financial crisis, had led Western politics to ultimately become “dysfunctional” and “ugly” through the rise of populism.

Blair stated his belief that with the challenges posed by China and Russia, “We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance.” Believing China to be the bigger challenge due to its economic strength, he noted that Beijing will pull countries from the orbit of the West and align itself with Moscow, as well as Tehran. In response, Blair called for the West to unite, maximize its soft power, overcome populism, attain hegemony across several regions, including Africa and the Middle East, and maintain technological leadership. He described it as “the foreign-policy project of Western democracy in the third decade of the 21st century: to protect our values and way of life in the era of China not rising but risen.”

But Blair, most ironically, speaks as if he is a mere observer, rather than having been an active player in bringing about the world he now derides. He chided at the end of his address: “How did Britain ever reach a point where Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn came for a short but consequential time to shape our politics?” The answer to that is Tony Blair himself. It was the product of the unequal, disillusioned, and staggered Britain he shaped which led to the uptick in populism, to Brexit, and above all to the overriding themes which have cemented the pushback against the West.

Blair talks about Western supremacy unequivocally and argues that the global south looks up to the Western powers and “prefers” them to China. But has Blair’s own legacy – the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and above all the ‘war on terror’ – not influenced the way the non-West perceives the West? Has it not led to ‘geopolitical pushback’ in the form of Russia’s reactions to the expansionist policies of NATO? The nuclearization of North Korea and Iran? The rise of tensions with China? Could it be that the conclusion of the Cold War was not ‘the end of history’ but the beginning of the backlash to an American-centric world – and Tony Blair’s actions were instrumental in strengthening that backlash?

As an arch-neoconservative, Tony Blair remains completely unapologetic and seemingly oblivious to the legacy of his own mistakes, both at home and abroad. He speaks of the supremacy of the West, yet falls short of recognizing that he is a key figure in causing the West’s disillusionment in itself – and the demise of its supremacy. The fact that there are demands that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, be held accountable for alleged war crimes, yet Tony Blair remains a free man continuing to advise the foreign policy of the future, is the reason for the change to a multipolar world – which Blair admits has arrived, yet detests so much.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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  1. Tony Blair, a war criminal, liar and corrupt neocon, is indeed an inspiration to many of the wokes. In a civilised society, he should have been put in jail for life imprisonment with no parole. Instead he was given the highest honour in Uk by Queen, which finally proved that the Royals are part of the Satanistic forces. I have zero respect for the monarchy now.

  2. Tony Blair was Bill Clinton’s room mate at Oxford University, until Clinton was asked to leave by the school for some of his silly conduct, later to be broadened and expanded when he arrived at the ‘White House’…
    Clinton was a DeMolay and a Rhodes Scholar. He did GREAT damage to the State of Arkansas with his drug distribution network, Mena Airport w/ Barry Seals, and the whore-mongering when he was the Governor there, and went on to damage the U.S. as a whole with his illicit and well-known behaviours.
    Just ask Larry Echols, his ‘fix-it man’ and private assassin…!!
    This is why I no longer vote, and exercise my Universal Right to and for Self-Protection from Bodily Harm or the Threat of Death by the PTB with us envoking Article 7 of the UN Charter that has precedence over any nation’s laws that signed-up to the UN Charter.
    Essentially, anarchists are on the rise due to the abuse of the citizenry by the ultra-Satanic and Luciferian Masonic PTB.

  3. The list of charlatans in Western politics is truly remarkable. Blair is a member of a slick group but unfortunately growing in number. That he can in such an open faced manner deride British politicians is beyond laughable, when he was complicit in the war in the Middle East. Yet he will willingly now take their money in the guise of Statesman, when responsible for the misery and death of thousands of their kin. His name will be added to the long list of tyrants that history will reveal in due course.

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