see url: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36733979
I hate to kick a man when he is down...but...Whatever. He and George Bush and both the US and UK administrations were responsible for a lot of deaths and carnage in Iraq, and the aftermath, what is going on now isn't exactly a better world, in my view. Blair did it in the teeth of opposition from his own party, his own parliament, and the British people, who just didn't believe it about the WMDs. The interview on BBC this morning was hard to take. He said he was sorry, he took responsibility, but for what? Every time he was asked the question, be it WMDs, the sources of Intelligence, the UN resolutions not mandating him for military action, the fact that regime change is not a tool of the UN, or the meaning of the emails between him and Bush, were misinterpreted and the whole caboodle was someone elses fault, he was misled by everyone, even his government lawyer, who said it the war wouldn't be legal without another UN resolution. Hindsight is OK, but he believed that what he did was right, at the time...and now. According to Blair, Iraq now has a fully functioning democracy, and the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. Oil prices are low, and terrorism and ISIS and Al Qaeda and Syria and Iran would be a lot worse, if it hadn't been for Blair and Bush. Absolutely no sign of contrition, no sign of taking the blame...No sign of a guilty conscience, from a man who took up the Catholic faith. One wonders what he says at confession. Never mind the 4,491 US troops, or the 179 UK troops dying, many of them due to a lack of proper equipment. It had nuffink to do with Blair. He gave them everything they asked for.
see url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War
see url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Frum
A speech writer for Bush, a guy called Frum, who was the inventor of the phrase "Axis of Evil" in relation to the enemy at the time; said on the BBC Radio 4 this morning that neither the USA or the UK governments were responsible for the present day carnage in Iraq, and that he was not responsible for George Bush adopting the phrase he invented. It was Bush's choice. Frum said it was the Iraqis who were and are responsible for blowing each other to bits, the chaos, the rapes, the pillage, the murders, the gangs, the looting, the assassination gangs, the religious militias; which took place after the "Mission Accomplished" flag was flown, and the Iraq army demolished with nothing put in its place, were not factors which could be blamed on the US or UK. the 100's of 1000s of Iraqis who died is hardly mentioned. None of this had anything to do with the USA or the UK. After the war, the Iraqis had control of their own destiny, and chose not to operate it. "Whatever".
Well, it is one view of history I suppose...but certainly not mine..