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By Peter Lee (auth.)

Bringing jointly either modern and historic simply battle strategies, Peter Lee exhibits that Blair's phantasm of morality evaporated fast and irretrievably after the 2003 Iraqinvasion as the principles Blair relied upon have been taken out in their historic context and utilized in a world political method the place they not carry sway.

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The Taliban. 38 As well as confirming his moral judgement on the benefits of regime change, Blair presented himself as ethical in the act of saving the people of Sierra Leone from ‘a murderous group of gangsters’. He further confirmed himself as ethical in two ways: first, through the act of opposing the murderous gangsters (the good guy/bad guy dichotomy that made him one of the good guys). Second, he presented himself as a liberator of the oppressed by setting free those who had previously been at the mercy of Foday Sankoh’s killers.

Both actions confirmed for him the relevance and success of the moral framework for intervention he set out in Chicago in April 1999. In addition to the moral framework Blair espoused was his burgeoning personal belief in the benefits of regime change. For Blair, Milosevic had been utterly immoral, confirmed by the latter’s oppressive and brutal treatment of the Kosovo Albanians. Consequently, Blair saw himself, as did many others, as an ethical ruler simply on the basis of opposing the evil and immoral Milosevic.

Campbell, oft ridiculed for his past work in the tabloid press, was fierce, incisive, loyal and seemingly willing to go to almost any lengths to both further, and protect, Blair’s career. His ability to prepare the cherished ‘sound-bite’ for Blair’s next appearance, and his even greater ability to ensure it appeared on multiple media outlets, made him political allies and enemies in equal measure. A central tenet of the Blair/Campbell communication partnership was to keep the message clear, simple and to the point, a principle that can be seen in the way Blair set out his moral arguments for the various interventions he pursued.

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