Blair defends Iraq War

There’s been a lot of fresh debate lately on the merits of the Iraq War, what with a critical new biography of George W. Bush on the shelves and further violence in that nation. Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair last week vigorously defended the U.S.-British invasion.

Said the BBC: “The former prime minister said he understood ‘all the criticisms’ of the invasion, but said: ‘When I look at it today I think still that we moved with where the grain of the future is going to be in these countries and this region. … I genuinely believe not just that we acted out of good motives and I did what I did out of good faith, but I sincerely believe that we would be in a worse position if we hadn’t acted that way.’

“He argued that had Saddam Hussein been … in power during the Arab Spring in 2011, ‘I believe he would have tried to keep power’ in the way that Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, had done.”

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