Tuesday February 18, 2020

Blustering Tony Blair still a victim of his ego

His extraordinary press conference performance after the Chilcot report shows he’s still convinced he did the right thing

10th July, 2016
Tony Blair took Britain to war on a tissue of lies PIc: Getty

I had thought by now that the Iraq war had delivered all of its unforgettable images. There was that first night of Dick Cheney’s ‘shock and awe’ firestorm over Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s hollow statue crashing down; the lines of hooded prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo; and the blackened bodies, hanging from the bridge at Fallujah.

Another image, repulsive and emblematic, stood out above others: Saddam’s execution. There he...

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