Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tony Blair knows who butters the bread in the world

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

Tony Blair gave warning yesterday that the “madness” 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”. 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,” Mr Blair said. “The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them.”

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.”

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,” he said.

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