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London's Bridge Falling Down

Tony Blair wanted to Great Britain to be the bridge between America and the European Union. Now he'll have to choose between the two.

11:00 PM, Mar 17, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
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It is, of course, for Blair and Britain to decide whether the costs of deeper integration are exceeded by the benefits. But it is for America to say how it will deal with Britain under the alternative scenarios available to the United Kingdom. As an American who appreciates Great Britain's bravery in holding off Hitler while we dithered about joining the fight against fascism, and as an admirer of Tony Blair's willingness to pay a steep political price for adherence to his moral principles, I can only hope that Blair, who once saw only one path open to Britain--now may realize that he can no longer have Brussels and Washington, too. In the words of that old song, "It's got to be this or that."

Irwin M. Stelzer is director of regulatory studies at the Hudson Institute, a columnist for the Sunday Times (London), a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, and a contributing writer to The Daily Standard.