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Tony Blair says Iraq would be far worse today under Saddam Hussein [View all]

Source: Guardian

Tony Blair says Iraq would be far worse today under Saddam Hussein

Former prime minister argues in a BBC Newsnight special that Britain still has a profound role to play in the Middle East

Shiv Malik
The Guardian, Tuesday 26 February 2013 17.49 EST

Tony Blair has admitted that life in Iraq today is not what he had hoped it would be and the country is still facing "big problems". But he defended the war, saying that failing to remove Saddam Hussein would have entailed far worse consequences for the country.

Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight before the 10th anniversary of the invasion, he said: "There are still terrorist activities that are killing innocent people for no good reason, but economy is growing very strongly, it's got huge amount of oil revenue but, no, there are still big problems."

Blair added that the price of the invasion that saw the death of at least 100,000 civilians and 179 British soldiers was "very, very high" but implored people to ask what would have happened had Saddam not been deposed.

Asked whether he minded if "people call you a liar, some people call you a war criminal, protesters follow you, it's difficult to walk down the street in a country", he replied: "It really doesn't matter whether it's taken its toll on me."


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/feb/26/tony-blair-iraq-bbc-newsnight





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