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Blair on Iraq War Hot Seat

January 29, 2010 - 8:52 AM | by: Greg Palkot

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was on the hot seat today for events that took place years ago.   A panel investigating British involvement in the Iraq war grilled Blair. The war was deeply unpopular in the UK.

He is described as defiant and unrepentant.     He said that 9/11 had changed his thinking about the threat of Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction.

“My view is that you could not take risks with that at all,” he told the panel.

As for actually going to war to take away the WMD threat, Blair asserted, “…if…there was no other way of dealing with this threat, we were going to remove him.”

And regarding his close ties with former President Bush on the matter, Blair said he was telling Bush, “…we are going to be with you in dealing with this threat.”

Outside the central London venue where the hearing was held there was a small group of protestors who remain upset about the UK Iraq involvement.

Daily Telegraph columnist Andrew Gilligan told Fox News the inquiry is important to Britons because the Iraq war is “…still unfinished business.”  In the eyes of many, he went on to say, “no one was held accountable.”

The inquiry is purely informational and no legal actionwill result from the questioning.

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