BLAIR- “I would still have thought it right to remove him even if there were no WMD’s”

Tony Blair in Copenhagen

By Majed Iqbal- In the midst of the Chilcot Enquiry, set up to investigate the run up to the Iraq war invasion in 2003, Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair has landed himself into controversy after admitting he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public.

The confession was made during an interview with Fern Britton on a Sunday morning BBC program, in which he said he would still have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

“If you had known then that there were no WMD’s, would you still have gone on?” Blair was asked. He replied: “I would still have thought it right to remove him [Saddam Hussein]”.

Blair continued to defend his position in light of the difficulties British forces have faced in Iraq loosing hundreds of soldiers in a war which supposed to have been received with joy with open arms by the Iraqi population for removing the Dictator Saddam Hussein.

In his BBC interview, Blair was un-compromising on his position to take the country to war Iraq and wasted and showed no sense of remorse in airing that he would have found other evidences to justify his position.

“I mean obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments about the nature of the threat.” He continued: “I can’t really think we’d be better with him and his two sons in charge, but it’s incredibly difficult.”

Blair explained it was “the notion of him (Saddam Hussein) as a threat to the region because he had used chemical weapons against his own people” upon which a moral argument was fashioned to help the Iraqi people in their quest to remove the tyranny of Saddam.

The statements from Blair who led Britain into the war in Iraq, throw into question entirely the credibility of any of the evidences put forward in the case for the invasion which were presented prior to 2003. This is despite being warned by Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, in July 2002, eight months before the invasion, that “the desire for regime change was not a legal base for military action”.

As time unfolded and no weapons of mass destruction were found, and there was no link between Saddam’s Baathist socialist regime and Al-Qaeda, and no arsenal which could be deployed in 50 minutes to attack western capitals, arguments began to chop and change to appease public opinion.

Only a year into the war Blair in a speech to the Labour party conference in 2004 was saying “I can apologise for the information [about WMDs] that turned out to be wrong, but I can’t, sincerely at least, apologise for removing Saddam…….the world is a better place with Saddam in prison not in power.”

Sir Ken Macdonald, director of public prosecutions between 2003 and 2008, says Blair misled and cajoled the British people into a war they didn’t want.

“The degree of deceit involved in our decision to go to war on Iraq becomes steadily clearer. This was a foreign policy disgrace of epic proportions, and playing footsie on Sunday morning television does nothing to repair the damage”.

Macdonald has also expressed concerns about the Iraq inquiry, suggesting that some of its questioning has been “unchallenging”.

“If Chilcot fails to reveal the truth without fear in this Middle Eastern story of violence and destruction, the inquiry will be held in deserved and withering contempt,” Macdonald said.

Middle East Peace envoy, Tony Blair faces pressing days ahead to detail further on his comments made on the BBC show from the public and especially from families who have lost their sons and daughters in the Iraq war which has spiralled out of control and created a situation worse than that other the brutal regime of Saddam.

Blair may now join the ranks of many other discredited statesmen left power, like former President of Pakistan Musharraf and former President of America Bill Clinton who self- righteously still believe in all the actions they undertook whilst in power by exploiting all the loopholes in their governments to justify what was incomprehensibly unjustifiable both in  a Dictatorship and a Democracy.

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Comments

  1. The Infamous says:

    Blair knew very well there were no WMDs but he still went in to the country, bombed its people, destroyed its infrastructure and created millions of orphans and widows.

    A truly disgraceful man of the highest calibre!

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