Wednesday 7 December 2016

Deluded Blair fails to accept Britain's role in destroying Iraq

Boris Johnson

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

I HAVE come to the conclusion that Tony Blair has finally gone mad. He wrote an essay on his website yesterday that struck me as unhinged in its refusal to face facts. In discussing the disaster of modern Iraq he made assertions that are so jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality that he surely needs professional psychiatric help.

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He said that the allied invasion of 2003 was in no way responsible for the present nightmare – in which al-Qa'ida has taken control of a huge chunk of the country and is beheading and torturing Shias, women, Christians and anyone else who falls foul of its ghastly medieval agenda. Blair now believes that all this was "always, repeat always" going to happen.

He tells us that Saddam was inevitably going to be toppled in a revolution, to be followed by a protracted and vicious religious civil war, and that therefore we (and more especially he) do not need to blame ourselves for our role in the catastrophe. As an attempt to rewrite history, this is frankly emetic.

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