THE QUESTION

25 years from now, will historians write that Tony Blair was one of Britain's greatest modernizers or a promising leader who got stuck in a disastrous war?

Posted by Fareed Zakaria on May 14, 2007 9:35 AM

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Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

In on a Stallion, Out with Tail between Legs

Tony Blair cam into power like a hero, young and zealous to change the Labour Party and the world. He clicked with his equally savvy counterpart in the White House, Bill Clinton, But despite his robust reforms in the UK, his association with Clinton's successor turned him into a servile beast, devastatingly humiliated.

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 46 COMMENTS
May 15, 2007 at 12:23 PM
Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

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Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is a Senior Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a transatlantic public policy and grant-making foundation. He overseas the fund's policy programs. He was previously the Washington bureau chief of the German newsweekly, Die Zeit.

Mixed Up in the Wrong Crowd

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff Germany | 29 COMMENTS
Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

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» BobL-VA | He will be known neither as an effective leader nor a leader who got stuck in a quagmire in Iraq. Britian never had more then 8,000 troops there from...
» jeksfcusa | He will be no Churchill nor Iron Lady Thatcher. However in time history will come to recognize him as an effective leader. The quagmire of war will ...
» JRLR | One day, the truth about Iraq, will be known. Enough of it, at least, as with Vietnam. Then, History will neither forget not forgive Blair for having ...
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