Mr. Blair says the attacks that rocked London's transport system are particularly barbaric since they came when world leaders are trying to focus on combating poverty in Africa and the effects of climate change.I heard him say these words on the radio this morning, and it was a very moving statement. No childish slogans about good vs. evil, no misspoken words, no "down home charm". Just an honest expression of the will to maintain reason.
The prime minister said he will rush back to London to assess the situation, but the summit meeting will continue.
And he vows that terrorism will be defeated.
"It is important that those engaged in terrorism realize that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world," he said.
I would like to hire his speechwriter away from him, with the hopes that he could make listening to my own leader a less painful experience.