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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tony Blair wants war with Iran

It's easy to be clever in hindsight but was the war in Iraq illegal? The answer is yes. Tony Blair admitted he disregarded warnings that invading Iraq would be illegal and made it clear his over-riding priority was to maintain a close relationship with President Bush -he told the President "You can count on us in helping to get rid of Saddam Hussein". At the Chilcot enquiry he said he very much regretted the lives lost in the war and a relative of a dead soldier yelled out "Too late!"

He's now turned his attention to Iran and says they are a real threat to world peace and thinks the West should end its "wretched posture of apology" towards Iran. "They disagree fundamentally with our way of life and they will carry on doing it unless they are met with requisite determination and if necessary, force". He's probably right but does this mean we must enter yet another war? How many Afghans, Iraqis, US and allied soldiers have died already because Bush and Blair refused to wait for the okay from the UN and rushed headldong into the invasion of Iraq?

They are calling Tony Blair a war monger so I'm wondering if maybe he's in the wrong job. His job is an important one - he's the Special Envoy of the international diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East. The four members include the US, UN, European Union and Russia and they are supposed to be mediating a peace process. But with Blair's gung-ho attitude to starting wars, I hope the other countries in the Quartet won't be so eager to agree to inflict more pain and suffering on the innocents of the Arab world.