What a terrible article from Blair and what an awful insight into his and their world view.
“We need then to work out a means of dealing with the Taliban and exerting maximum pressure on them. This is not as empty as it seems. We have given up much of our leverage, but we retain some. The Taliban will face very difficult decisions and likely divide deeply over them. The country, its finances and public-sector workforce are significantly dependent on aid notably from the US, Japan, the UK and others. The average age of the population is 18. A majority of Afghans have known freedom and not known the Taliban regime. They will not all conform quietly.”
The Taliban have just blitzkrieged the entire country in the space of a week, including routing a 300,000 strong army financed and trained by ‘the west’. Maybe, just maybe, this was possible because a lot of Afghans either support the Taliban or have no real interest in adopting or defending ‘western values’ with their lives. And anyway, to even attempt to do so would clearly be to engage in toxic masculinity or perhaps promotion of white supremacy?
And what are ‘western values’ anyway? A Democracy where all political parties promote identical policies? A form of Liberalism to include basic Freedoms such as that of expression that are not permitted if the views expressed do not tally with mainstream opinion? An absence of any form of spirituality or way of living beyond the material and the elevation of a self hating nihilism whose preferred solution appears to be a form of cultural suicide. All promoted by the likes of Blair and his cronies who clearly revelled in the deconstruction of the same culture that he now seeks to elevate as some manner of rallying call.
Maybe Tony should consider the possibility that the west, as he and others like him have sought to craft it, is little more than consumerism, obesity, face masks and blind obedience to petty bureaucrats as the ‘western values’ that Blair believes will inspire the west to lead on into the 21st century.
The Emperor never had any clothes and base materialism, the type of which Blair and others have promoted for decades can only bring you so far. It’s a self defeating prophecy that hollows out it’s adherents in mental, physical and spiritual terms. The poverty of western society has been laid bare since the onset of the pandemic. The world view of the likes of Blair needs to die. It’s not clear that it’s much superior to that of the Taliban and it certainly inspires less devotion in its adherents.