Blair tries to justify Iraq war despite no Saddam's WMD found

Former British prime minister Tony Blair defenced Iraq war even though no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.

Blair tries to justify Iraq war despite no Saddam's WMD found

Former British prime minister Tony Blair defenced Iraq war even though no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.

He said that he believed it was "right" to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power.

"I would still have thought it right to remove him," Blair told an interviewer for the BBC, when asked if he would have joined in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 if he'd known Saddam had no such weapons.

"Obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat," he added in the interview for the "Fern Britton Meets..." show, a transcript of which was made available ahead of its broadcast on Sunday.

Blair is due to give evidence next year to an inquiry set up to investigate the run-up to the war and its aftermath.

He said in the interview that the threat Saddam "posed to the region was uppermost in his mind" and the "possibility" that Iraq had powerful weapons was only one factor behind his decision.

Blair said he understood some people opposed his decision, and parents of some of the British service personnnel killed there were angry.

"I sympathise with the people who were against it for perfectly good reasons and are against it now, but for me, you know, in the end I had to take the decision," he said.

"There is no point in going into a situation of conflict and not understanding there is going to be a price paid."

Blair, who converted to Roman Catholicism after his resignation in 2007, denied faith had played a part in his decision to send troops to conflict zones, but it had given him strength.

"I think it is important that you take that decision, as it were, on the basis of what you think is right, because that is the only way to do it.

"I think people sometimes think my religious faith played a direct part in some of these decisions. It really didn't."

Reuters
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Ibrahim Yilmaz
Ibrahim Yilmaz - 9 yıl Before

Yes my friend when christians do evil things it is not because of their faith, they can easiliy (!!!)save away by saying "it is pentagon, it is the british army, nato, hitler, mussolini whatever, trying to keep away from the eye that christians built them, opened the path to them, voted for them, or the members of those armies feel they are christians and pretend to continue all they want is good. But at the smallest fault a Muslim does (or does not as in the case of Oklahoma sky scraper event) Westerner media see nothing except Islam. Islam as a religion is judged altogether. Even say for a custom elhamdulillah later found to be applied by Christians of the same region; female circumsicion. But time has come for all these to come to daylight.