Новый интернационализм Великобритании

ТОЛЕДО, ИСПАНИЯ – С развалом великой стратегии президента Джорджа В. Буша для Ближнего Востока, его администрация, хотя и нерешительно, начала уделять больше внимания разрешению конфликтов мирными средствами. Соглашение с Северной Кореей, согласно которому она демонтирует свою ядерную программу, и конференция в Аннаполисе для установления израильско-палестинского мира – с участием Сирии, главного члена “оси зла” этого региона – это два основных примера этой тенденции.

Самый верный союзник Соединенных Штатов с 2001 года – Великобритания – уже сошла с этого пути, пытаясь отделаться от своего рабского союза с администрацией Буша, которая сосредоточилась на войне и конфронтации. Будучи всего лишь версией в миниатюре имперского затруднительного положения Америки, сегодняшняя политика Британии, как определяет ее новый премьер-министр Гордон Браун, может предвидеть то направление, которое предпримет следующий американский президент.

Поддержка Тони Блэром ближневосточных планов Буша показала, что дисбаланс во власти в союзе всегда приводит к тому, что более слабый партнер становится подчиненным. Великобритания вступила в Иракскую авантюру Америки с тем же воспаленным восприятием ее военного потенциала и дипломатического воздействия, которые ввели в заблуждение Буша. Но военный вклад Великобритании в военные действия был необязательным, так что Бушу не надо было принимать во внимание совет Блэра. В результате, Великобритания не могла служить в качестве моста между нерешительной Европой и воинственными США, как считал Блэр, и способность Великобритании быть силой добра на мировой арене была сильно подорвана.

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