Tessa K wrote:The problem with saying that God will be the judge of your actions is the implication that no one else has to right to do so.
The electorate might well disagree.
I do not see how that is implied at all by what Blair is reported to have said. "Final" judgement to my mind infers that intermediate judgement can also be expected. Perhaps he is saying only that political judgements should not necessarily be the only factors to bear in mind; policies can be expedient, popular and still wrong. Everyone loves a tax cut, for example, but if the price is poorer services for the disadvantaged, should political judgement be the chief guide?
A little late to this debate, but Janet W persuaded me :)
I think we need to distinguish between an action which springs principally from personal philosophical convictions and one which draws on both
a sense of what is acceptable/moral/desirable and
the evidence presented to one. Despite a few comments here, I think it unlikely that a PM with so many advisers and a proven reasonable sense of what is politically possible simply decided war was "right" without any supporting evidence at all. It is of course highly debatable what the reliability of some of that evidence was and whether all of it related to hard facts about the situation in Iraq itself. There might be a strong case, for example, for arguing that some of it included a perceived need to keep in the good graces of a certain superpower :wink:
Whether you think the evidence, together with a personal judgement (however formed) on the morality of a certain action, pointed one way rather than another, is another question. References to divine, or in some cases historical judgement, may be no more than admitting that it may not be obvious for a long time whether a choice was in fact correct. I, for one, find that preferable to arrogant certainty.
Just so we're clear, BTW, I am not a Blair supporter and believe that any intervention in Iraq should have happened years ago in support of internal insurgents after the Gulf War...