Blair for president
"It's simply that I believe democracy there means security here; and that if I don't care and act on this terrorist threat, then the day will come when all our good work on the issues that decide people's lives will be undone because the stability on which our economy, in an era of globalisation, depends, will vanish."
In the age of globalization, we can be hit by threats that we can't see long before we have time to detect them. We have more open societies in the West now due to more open transportation, communication, and business links. Because of this increased connectivity, there really is no "there" versus "here." Everywhere is "here" now and Blair knows that. The terrorists must be defeated in Iraq and around the world if we are to be safe at home.
Reading this speech, I was also struck by his effectiveness in defending the Iraq War and I wondered why President Bush can not make a similar defense to the American people. Blair is a great speaker in a way that Bush may never be (I'll grant that), but the president should at least be learning something from Blair's speeches. Maybe Blair's speaking style is inappropriate for Middle America, I'm not sure, but adopting that kind of style when speaking at the UN could do a lot to further the administration's argument that fighting the war was a good idea.