Blair's dedication to carrying out the policies of the White House proves
time and again that he has the courage of their convictions. He is prepared
to back Mr Bush's arguments to the hilt even when they are palpably nonsensical.
When Mr Bush cites Saddam Hussein's contempt for UN Security Council resolutions
as the justification for his own determination to do the same, Tony Blair
urges the President's case, for all the world as if he couldn't see the
ridiculousness of it. When Mr Bush cites Iraq's failure to comply with UN
Security Council resolutions as the reason for going to war, Mr Blair backs
him up, boldly ignoring the fact that Turkey and Israel have got away with
ignoring UN resolutions for years.
It is this refusal to be intimidated by the illogicality of the US position that perhaps displays Mr Blair's courage at its best. He is Mr Bush's faithful echo when the President demands that Saddam Hussein immediately cleanse Iraq of all terrorist organisations, even though he knows the UK never found a way of eradicating the IRA, and that, in any case, the terrorist organisations that perpetrated 9/11 were operating out of the US and Germany.
Mr Blair also refuses to be unnerved by the irony of Saddam's chemical weapons being anathematised by the nation that employed Agent Orange so liberally in Vietnam, where the ravages are still apparent. Mr Blair is unafraid to support a 'War on Terrorism' waged by the nation that has routinely used terrorism as a tool of foreign policy in Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua and Cuba, to name but a few.
But my admiration for Mr Blair's courage reaches new depths when I consider what he has to wrestle with over the matter of the sanctions against Iraq. As a practising Christian, he must need tremendous