Monday, 30 July 2007

Gordon in the Washington Post

Partnership for the Ages By Gordon Brown
Monday, July 30, 2007; Page A15

"....I have come to the United States to affirm the historic partnership of shared purpose that unites our two countries.....our Atlantic partnership is rooted in something far more fundamental and lasting than common interests or even common history: It is anchored in shared ideals that have for two centuries linked the destinies of our two countries. Winston Churchill spoke of what he called "the joint inheritance" of Britain and America. ...The joint inheritance he wrote of was a shared belief in what he called "the great principles of 'freedom and the rights of man.' " Values that started with the British idea of liberty -- from our bill of rights to English common law -- found their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence....

...And when today, at my meeting with President Bush, I speak of a joint inheritance not just of shared history but shared values founded on a shared destiny, I mean the idea that everyone is created equal, that all faiths should be free to express their beliefs...It is these ideas that bind us and give us strength to work together to face down every challenge ahead -- from the danger of nuclear proliferation, global poverty and climate change to, today, the biggest single and immediate challenge the world has to defeat: global terrorism that is hostile and hateful to all the values we share...in this generation we defend together the ideal of freedom against the terrorist threat.

In this century, it has fallen to America to take center stage. And let me acknowledge the debt the world owes to the United States for its leadership in this struggle....It is our shared task to expose terrorism for what it is -- not a cause but a crime. A crime against humanity....So today the struggles of the 21st century are the battles that engage military might which we have been fighting together in Iraq and Afghanistan and through NATO -- and they are also the battles of ideas....during the Cold War, the united front against Soviet communism involved deterrence through large arsenals of weapons and a cultural effort also on an unprecedented scale, deploying what Roosevelt called the "arsenal of democracy." ...Foundations, trusts, ...universities, museums, ...trade unions... -- were all engaged. ...newspapers, ... the arts and literature sought to expose the difference between moderation and violent extremism.

...the way ahead is to support all communities in developing a strong identity resistant to violent extremists trying to recruit vulnerable young people....We must expose the contrast between great objectives to tackle global poverty and honor human dignity, and the evils of terrorists who would bomb and maim people irrespective of faith...

And just as we are united in tackling global terrorism, so we are united in our belief that globalization should be seen as an opportunity and not simply a threat. This is why I know that by working together we can restart the Doha round of world trade...And ...we cannot stand by and watch the humanitarian crisis in Darfur without taking action to speed up the deployment of U.N.-African Union troops, call for an immediate cease-fire and, following America's lead, impose sanctions if necessary. ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/29/AR2007072900862.html

5 comments:

Curlew said...

I've got to stop this wishful thinking. When I read about the pre-meeting statements - long-term special relationship etc. I had hoped to read between the lines and that he may say nice things but will be tougher in action.

Okay, so reading this Washington Post article, I think he has boxed himself in enough for me to decide that NOTHING CHANGES, he is as bad as Blair.

Harry Barnes said...

But then he goes to the United Nations and starts to open a door which we can seek to push further. So who is he conning? Us and Bush?

ian said...

I get the impression Brown is trying to be all friends to all people.The speech I believe was to appeal to any doubters in the Republican right.

If he is waiting to suddenly put on his red T shirt it is certainly not evident in this speech.

I agree, nothing changes.

Curlew said...

Okay Harry, it is tricky. Having watched the Bush Brown meeting again and checking out the body language, I am now in two minds.

Did I misunderstand his reference to the cold war? By drawing that parallel does he mean he wants to solve the so-called terrorism problem through diplomacy and through making life better for those who are disenfranchised so they no longer feel the need to do these things.

If this is the case then why didn't he bloody well say so before the leadership fiasco?

Harry Barnes said...

Curlew, I feel that the left needs to learn how to use, extend and shift the Brown agenda, without falling for his third card trick. (1) He has something of a democratic agenda for Parliament, with a more accomodating response from Ministers to back-bench pressures. (2) His United Nations contribution on tackling world poverty needs using and pressing - it gives an opening to War On Want and others who have pressed for the Tobin Tax. He is much more "clever" than Blair, but this can be used to turn him somewhat.