Nor mine eitjher.. Blair woudlnt know contrition if it hit him squarely
between the eyes methinks.
And as for Bush!!! oh he was only doing "gods" work for him.
My take, like it or no, is that we have the scourge of isis, etc
precicely because of the invasion of Iraq.
On 07/07/2016 18:16, douglas rankine (Redacted sender douglasrankine2001
for DMARC) wrote:
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..