- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s new memoir, “A Journey,” is an odyssey into moral and political corruption (“Extracts from Tony Blair’s new memoir ‘A Journey,’ ” Web, Culture, Wednesday).

The book unwittingly justifies a totalitarian mentality and explains why most of our democracies today are in reality thinly disguised totalitarian regimes. Mr. Blair writes, “Politicians are obliged from time to time to conceal the full truth, to bend it and even distort it” in order to force their agenda on the people. He writes also of al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein as sharing “a common set of attitudes: indifference to human life [and] the justification of mass killing. …” Nowhere in his book does he express any regret for his own policies that sanctioned and advanced the use of contraceptives and the practices of abortion and euthanasia.

Proud of his achievements in the advancement of homosexuality, Mr. Blair also looks upon the illicit affairs of politicians not with any moral disdain but with, as he says, a “fairly worldly eye.” Tony Blair is not alone. His book makes it clear that his kind is the norm in governments throughout the “free” world. What a sad state of affairs.

WALTER CLARKSON

Chicago

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