Saturday, July 19, 2003

Key quotes: Tony Blair's speech to US Congress

“History had better forgive us, because nobody else will…..”

Blair on ... freedom
Our ultimate weapon is not our guns but our beliefs and like Sadam’s weapons we have no idea what or where they are.
Our values are the universal values of the human spirit and anywhere, any time, ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same. McDonalds, Starbucks, Coca Cola
The spread of freedom is the best security for the free. And it’s great for capitalism.

America's role in the world
Tell the world why you're proud of America. Being American means being free, fat and illiterate. That's what makes you proud.

The 'war on terror'
In another part of the globe, there is shadow and darkness, where the Dark Lord Voldermort reigns, where not all the world is free, where many millions suffer under brutal dictatorship; where a fanatical strain of religious extremism has arisen, that place is No. 10 Downing Street and you must come round for tea some time, I rather think you’d like it.

The risk is that terrorism and states developing weapons of mass destruction come together, rather like Britain and America.
We know there are states in the Middle East now actively funding and helping terrorism, we know because we helped and funded them. Some of these states are desperately trying to acquire nuclear weapons, but they won’t find any weapons grade uranium in Niger, the idiots, and if they want it from us they’ll have to pay for it.

The Iraq war (if Saddam was not developing WMDs)
If we are wrong, which we almost definetly are, so what. Were we supposed to tell people the truth? That he had no weapons, that we wanted the oil and a stronghold in the region. That is something I am confident history will forgive, because nobody else will.

America and Europe
To be a serious partner, Europe must take on and defeat the crass anti-Americanism that sometimes passes for its political discourse. It’s time those cheese-eating surrender monkeys and the jack-booted krauts learnt to toe the line and do what you big-mouthed fat-arsed yanks tell ‘em to.


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