The Measure of a Country

During a recent interview, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain was quoted giving the following answer to one his parliament members as to why he believes so much in America and its President; and does he think they are on the right track?

Blair’s reply: “A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at… how many want in… and how many want to get out.”

Touché, Mr. Blair


  1. Wise words. I like good ole Tony.

  2. If that were true then the USA is becoming smaller and smaller as as time passes by more and more Americans want to fly away (remember the if Bush wins I’ll move to Canada thing).

  3. This is one of the most profound statements I’ve heard in a while.

  4. Yeah…and a lot of Germans went back to Germany once Hitler had restored national pride and promised that Germany would use the rest of Europe for a footstool. It might be instructive for Mr. Blair to take a look at who wants in and who wants out of America.

  5. Tim: “Yeah…and a lot of Germans went back to Germany once Hitler had restored national pride..”Really?I’m thinking ‘no’ here. And even were it so, it would have little to do with Blair’s statement, which is more about net additions and subtractions and less about misguided Nationalism. I can only assume you mean this as another clever reference to Bush channeling Hitler. I would suspect that, in your scenario, people of Muslim faith are playing the role of the persecuted. Considering the current influx of Muslims into this country far outpaces those leaving, I have to ask: Do you think people of Jewish faith were entering Hitler’s Germany in record numbers?

  6. It sounds like a silly argument to me. All Western countries, not least the UK, are seeing record levels of immigration. I’m not sure what this has to do with the debate about supporting Bush/Rumsfeld. It’s more a question of the appalling situations the immigrants are sometimes leaving.On a sidenote, it might be worth asking who’s actually migrating these days. I’ve met a number of university students in Europe that were refused entry into the US.

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