Tony Blair’s millenarian view

[Tony] Blair is admirably frank and tough-minded, but at heart, his is a millenarian view that resists any nuance or complexity.

Blair describes Dick Cheney as wanting to work “through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it.” Blair endorses this view. “It is one struggle,” he declares flatly. The problem with this perspective is that it ignores politics, national interest, history and specificity, shoving a set of widely disparate phenomena into one grand narrative. So two secular dictatorships and a Shiite theocracy are lumped with Al Qaeda, a Sunni fundamentalist movement that actually despises all those regimes.

Fareed Zakaria, “The Convert”, New York Times Sunday Book Review, 10 October 2010.

Journalist Fareed Zakaria hosts “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN. He is reviewing Blair’s autobiography A journey: my political life.

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