Saturday, July 31, 2004

Blair and the War in Iraq

"It is not questions of good faith that matter, it is competence. In the use of intelligence, in diplomacy and in the absence of sang-froid that is required to take the most serious decision to go to war, this prime minister has been found wanting". 1

"The decision to take his or her country to war is the gravest that a prime minister can make. It puts at risk not only the lives of the country's troops, to say nothing of the lives of foeighn nationals, but also the country's future security and internaitonal good will... For Tony Blair now to say that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power borders on frivolity." 2

1. John Kampfner, 19th July 2004. Blair is weighed in the balance and found wanting, New Statesman.

2. He got it wrong, 19th July 2004. The New Statesman.