Ganesh: your young ‘hawks’ – Blair & his interventionist ’children’ – have just suffered their greatest defeat
Once described as a Labour activist – New Labour specifically – Janan Ganesh deplores Britain’s abstention from military intervention in Syria.
As weapons proliferate, Libya’s oil output crashes to a near standstill and war lords and strikes paralyse the country, Ganesh extols Tony Blair’s doctrine of intervention, believing it to endured well despite the reversals of the past decade, citing Libya as a tangible example of how Mr Blair’s doctrine has survived. Another ‘tangible’ example of Blair’s influence which he cites is the UN’s ongoing evolution of the “responsibility to protect” doctrine.
Ganesh describes the size and complexity of the Syrian ‘challenge’ and the lack of a clear mission as ‘practical quibbles’ and he cavalierly sees “no western objection to targeted humanitarian interventions per se, even in the world’s most flammable region”.
“Blair’s foreign policy should not be given the last rites”
He cites David Cameron & George Osborne Blair-style ‘hawks’, adding Michael Gove, “whose influence extends beyond his education department”, as the most fervent interventionist in British politics:
“These are young politicians; the case for intervention will have an audience as long as they are around. Call them Blair’s children”.
“Mr Ganesh claims that Tony Blair’s “greatest victory has been in influencing the British politicians who have succeeded him.
“On the contrary, Mr Blair’s doctrine of humanitarian intervention has just suffered its greatest defeat, when MPs, representing their constituents’ views, voted against any such intervention”. .