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His passing comes as a shock to all who have enjoyed his company and leadership over the years.

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Tony Blankley will be missed

His passing comes as a shock to all who have enjoyed his company and leadership over the years.

As Mona says, Tony’s death is a particular shock to those of us who enjoyed his company on the NR cruise just a few weeks ago. He was his usual convivial self, and fully engaged in the 2012 campaign season.

Back in 2005, Tony wrote a book called The West’s Last Chance. It opens with a sharply prescient prologue set in the London of the near future in which a Finsbury Park imam launches a protest against “sacriligious” art and sets off a chain of events leading to a brutal attack on a Tate Modern curator, the firebombing of the “Little David” in Florence, attacks on art galleries in Spain and France, etc. A few months after publication, the Danish cartoons crisis erupted and, in its combination of Islamic intimidation and Western capitulation, followed pretty much the trajectory foreseen by Tony — as has happened at other cultural pressure points in the years since. Tony anticipated all this, and wrote it up brilliantly. It would have made a marvelous movie.

To continue reading Mark Steyn’s reflection on the life of Tony Blankley, click here to continue to the National Review Online.

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Mark Steyn is an internationally syndicated columnist and a visiting fellow at Hillsdale College, whose writings on war, politics, the arts, and culture have appeared in almost every major publication around the world from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. Steyn is National Review's Happy Warrior and a contributing editor to Canada's bestselling newsweekly, Maclean's. He is also a popular guest host of the Rush Limbaugh Program.

His previous book, America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It (Regnery Publishing, 2006), is a New York Times bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada, where it was the subject of three separate complaints to the country's many 'human rights' commissions.  He has most recently published After America: Get Ready For Armageddon  (Regnery, 2011).

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