YESTERDAY in Australia, Blair, for all he was worth, was pushing the George Bush imperialist line that ‘we’ have a duty to liberate the world, so that human beings can be given a ‘fair go’ and better themselves.
He must be talking about Iraq and the 100,000 corpses that the Bush-Blair policy has created.
Making an effort to appear profound Blair declared that ‘underneath the daily tumult’ of the world ‘we are in struggle of a more profound kind’.
The most profound truth for Blair is that ‘Globalisation is a fact’ that cannot be argued with, opposed or even modified. Once that is accepted the rest is choice, the choice of values.
Blair, despite his illegal war with Iraq, would have us believe that he has chosen ‘democracy and the rule of law; also justice, the simple conviction that, given a fair go, human beings can better themselves and the world around them.
‘These are the values our two countries live by; and others would live by, if they had the chance.’
Blair wants to give them that chance whether they want it or not, and in the process gobble up all of their gas and oil resources. Under the banner of exporting democracy, the rest of the world and its resources are to be enslaved. This is Cecil Rhodes clutching the ‘Rights of Man’ in his hand, in other words, this is a cynical fraud.
With the mentality of the gambler and the imperialist adventurer, Blair throws the dice saying: ‘We believe. . . globalisation. . . is an opportunity as much as a risk.’
The risk is that your bourgeois rivals can drive down workers’ wages further than you and drive up their productivity higher than you, and wipe you out, the opportunity is to do it to him before he does it to you. That is real freedom!
Once again, Blair’s capitalist values, his freedom and democracy is the propaganda cloak for the law of the jungle, or the market – kill or be killed.
Blair does not explain how it is that filled with this ecstacy for freedom, he is taking away the right to trial by jury at home, advocates the police should be able to hold a suspect for 90 days, and is bringing in what he calls summary justice, to go hand in hand with the right of the police to shoot dead those that it considers to be terrorist suspects.
The ‘defining division’ is between those who accept globalisation and those who do not. ‘The struggle in our world today therefore is not just about security, it is a struggle about values and about modernity – whether to be at ease with it or in rage at it.
‘To win, we have to win the battle of values, as much as arms. . . . That means standing up for our values not just in our own country but the world over.’ Arms in hand no doubt. ‘We need to construct a global alliance . . . The immediate threat is from Islamist extremism.’ There are apparently other threats to be dealt with later.
In the period ahead he will be adding we must bomb Iran to give the Iranian people the democracy that they want.
He then revealed part of his enemy list to be dealt with after he has disposed of the Iranians. There are no surprises, ‘Wherever people live in fear, with no prospect of advance, we should be on their side; in solidarity with them, whether in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea. . .
For this work the US is vital. ‘The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved. . . . The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us, can be resolved or even contemplated without them.’ British imperialism is Bush’s running dog. Blair ended on a war note.
‘In 1939, when Britain declared war on the Nazi tyranny, that same day your prime minister announced you were at war too. No ifs, no buts, just solidly with the world. How magnificent and how typical. We needed you then. We need you now.’
It is very clear what the British working class needs. It needs to bring down the Blair government and go forward to a workers’ government, to avoid the catastrophes that Bush and Blair are preparing.