Monday, October 11, 2004

a great big fib

Mr Blair said:
'I have no doubt whatever that the evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction will be there. Absolutely.'

'Those people who are sitting there saying: "Oh, it's all going to be proved to be a great big fib got out by the security services, there will be no weapons of mass destruction" - just wait, and have a little patience.'

1,625 UN and US inspectors spent two years searching 1,700 sites at a cost of more than $1bn. Last Wednesday they delivered their verdict: There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Blair is the most able politician of his generation. As long as his refusal to back down keeps us asking 'did he lie?', we never get on to 'why did he lie?'. It remains merely a gossipy debate about an individual's personal integrity.

So even though it's now proven there were no WMD, the obvious follow-on question that's screaming out to be asked is not even being mentioned; What was the war all about?

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