Here’s another fine column by Bret Stephens of the Jerusalem Post. The subject is the “Third Way” (the reformed Left), and three of its leading figures, Al Gore, Tony Blair, and Gerhard Schroeder. Among other insights, Stephens provides a plausible explanation as to why, of the three, only Blair has taken a consistent and coherent position on Iraq. For those who don’t make it to the end of the column, here is Stephens’ thought-provoking final paragraph: “Third Way politics have offered a lifeline to the ailing Left, in Europe and American alike. For the sake of democratic pluralism, this has been salutary. As a style of governance, it is somewhat refreshing. In the face of radical evil, it is downright dangerous. Between civilization and barbarism, there is no third way.”
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