Watch Blair's face closely as he walks through the adoring crowd chanting "Tony, Tony, Tony" and you understand some of why he would take Britain to war in Iraq four years later.
Some see it as a noble, disinterested use of Western power. Others see it as a smokescreen for a latter-day liberal imperialism.
Some see it as a principled reaction against the use of Western military power and the economy that it is centered in. Others see it used as a smokescreen for a latter-day liberal imperialism by cynical politicians to manipulate public opinion . Both of these stances are true and neither contradicts the other. Neither is even a partial explanation.
But they also helped the Mujaheddin. Under the theory of the humanitarian movement this was fine. The Mujaheddin were resisting the Soviet totalitarianism. They were victims fighting back so it was morally right to help them.
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