Praise the Lord, for the sinner has ‘fessed up:
Tony Blair would still have led the country to war in Iraq even if he had known that it had no weapons of mass destruction.
The former Prime Minister has confessed that he would have had to use different arguments to justify toppling Saddam Hussein. But he says in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow morning that he would still have taken steps to remove the Iraqi dictator from power.
I, for one, cannot wait to watch this interview very carefully – I hope I can find it on iPlayer. I suspect that the Great Dissembler will not be answering the question that he’s being asked. I suspect that he’s not being entirely truthful, because I suspect that he knew all along that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction to be found.
This observation seems to be particularly troubling:
He also put the decision to go to war in Iraq in the context of a wider battle over Islam. He said: “I happen to think that there is a major struggle going on all over the world, really, which is about Islam and what is happening within Islam.” He said that this struggle had a “long way to go”.
I don’t know if I’m just reading something that he didn’t say, but it really does come across as an admission that actually, there is a new crusade against Islam.
And I really don’t like the sound of that at all.