Ever since seeing Michael Sheen’s depiction of Blair in The Queen, I can’t help wondering whether Tony Blair died back in 1997 to be replaced by an actor, so obviously scripted is his every move. Even "Blair's" thoughtful pauses in the clubby atmosphere of the Iraq War investigation last week seemed part of the screenplay, just so he doesn’t look too glib.
Anyway, Tony and war — he loves it doesn’t he? Give Tony a couple of choices and he will always pick the one that gives him a chance to look like a “great leader” and forger of destinies, especially if it involves dropping bombs.
Remember the illegal bombing of Serbia back in the 1999s, where “Blair” stiffened Clinton’s resolve to press ahead with attack? The British playwright Harold Pinter has it about right:
"He was well to the forefront. He loves to drop a few bombs. It gives him, I think, great excitement," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
What came out most forcefully from Blair’s testimony to the Iraq War inquiry was not his complete absence of any regret for having caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people for non-existent weapons of mass destruction (I don’t think great leaders express remorse) but his bellicose statements on Iran.
For if Tony were still in Downing Street he would be planning war with Iran right now. He mentioned Iran 58 times in his testimony and urged the international community to take a "very hard, tough line" (such a Blair line) over its banned nuclear programme.
Blair’s love of war seems to me some sort of sickness. His religious fanaticism and vanity over his “world leader” status have intermingled in a terrible way to create a modern crusader prepared to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Iranians in support of a few poorly defined and often false principles. The actor playing Tony Blair is a very dangerous man and I for one am very glad he has been written out of the script.