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Saturday, December 12, 2009

UK's Blair says Saddam ouster right

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair believes it was right to oust Iraqi leader SaddamHussein from power even though no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.

"I would still have thought it right to remove him," Blair told an interviewer for the British Broadcaster, when asked if he would have joined in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 if he'd known Saddam had no such weapons.

"Obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat," he added.

"I sympathise with the people who were against it for perfectly good reasons and are against it now, but for me, you know, in the end I had to take the decision," he said.

"There is no point in going into a situation of conflict and not understanding there is going to be a price paid." He said many of those in the armed forces, including those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan or Iraq, were "often proud of what their child had done and proud of the cause they fought in".

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