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“It wasn’t my fault!” Blair and the Aftermath in Iraq

June 15, 2014

Tony Blair is once against attempting to shift blame for the ongoing disaster in Iraq from the original decision to invade the nation and the utterly botched occupation that ensured. It’s possible to find a great deal to critique in Tony Blair’s claims, but one thing stands out:

 

At its simplest, the jihadist groups are never going to leave us alone. 9/11 happened for a reason. That reason and the ideology behind it have not disappeared.

 

There is of course one problem with that. 9/11 happened for a reason, but that reason was not Iraq.  Just as during the run up to war, where he  played an excellent role as Bush’s cheerleader, Tony Blair once again tries to claim that somehow what did and is happening in  Iraq was linked to 9/11.

 

It was not. Indeed, if we were to focus on nations that helped provide assistance to the 9/11 terrorists, then Saudi Arabia stands ahead of Iraq, Libya Syria and Iran.   The lie, nearly as pernicious as claims that Iran had WMD’s, helped to drive an ill-considered and poorly planned invasion that, make no mistake is one of the primary factors producing this current civil strife that is ripping Iraq apart.

 

In fact, Tony Blair’s excuses run afoul of a much greater British politicians wisdom.  Sir Winston Churchill, when speaking of war, made the following observation, based in large part upon his own experiences:

 

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

 

Blair and Bush sold this war against great opposition, based on their claims that it would be quick and easy.  Now that it has proven to be anything but that, he claims that the fault was not his, that things somehow would have been worse.  It appears that the lies that brought us into this conflict remain alive and well in Mr. Blair’s mind.

 

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