Tony Blair may be America’s favorite Briton, but his troubles at home continue to mount. During his warmly received address to Congress in July he said of the Iraq adventure, “history will forgive us,” which reminded me of Auden’s line that history “May say Alas but cannot help or pardon.” Someone should have warned Blair that Hitler, when he was on trial after his failed putsch in the 1920s, had preceded him in expecting the forgiveness...
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