10 Years on From the Invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair Says He Has “No Regrets”
After ten years of criticism, condemnation and negative opinions, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he has no regrets over the decision to go to war, in the face of the widespread bloodshed that shadowed.
The peculiar alliance between Blair and then-US president George W. Bush lead to the war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction.
The supposed WMD’s were never proven to exist and although Saddam Hussein was overthrown inside weeks of the March 2003 invasion, Iraq soon sloped into disorder.
"We sometimes forget now what the regime was actually like and the devastation it caused.
"Hundreds of thousands of people died in his wars. He used chemical weapons against his own people."
Britain devoted 45,000 troops to the US-led invasion, taking the lives of 179 British service personnel.
According to polls that took place recently, half of roughly 1200 people alleged that Blair deliberately set out to mislead the public over the supposed weapons of mass destruction, whereas 31% believe Blair had legitimate reasons for believing Saddam Hussein possessed such weapons.
Since the incursion, at least 112,000 Iraqi civilians and several thousand more policemen and soldiers have died in the carnage according to ‘body count’ organisations.