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Blair: Regret for war casualties

09-06-2010 13:25 BJT

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is making the rounds to promote his memoirs. He told a US talk show that the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a result of the wars there, are deeply regrettable.

During Sunday's interview, the former prime minister discussed his time in office and the decisions he made to go to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister, said, "Can't not have regrets about the lives that have been lost. I mean, you'd be inhuman if you didn't regret the death of so many extraordinary brave and committed soldiers, of civilians, that have died in Iraq, or die still now in Afghanistan and of course you feel an enormous responsibility for that, not just regret. And, I say in the book, the concept of responsibility for me has its present and future tense, not just its past tense."

Blair suggested that the strong response of the US and Great Britain to Saddam Hussein could be linked to many international nuclear issues.

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister, said, "My view was, in the circumstances after 9/11, you had to send such a strong signal out on this issue. And, incidentally, don't ignore what actually did then happen. Libya gave up its WMD programme. Iran went, actually, at the time after 2003, went back into talks. North Korea rejoined six party talks. There was a lot that happened. And I personally felt, and I still feel, incidentally, the single biggest threat we face is the prospect of these terrorist groups acquiring some form of nuclear or chemical or biological capability."

Last week saw the issue of Blair's memoirs, entitled; "A Journey: My Political Life."

The revealing, self-justifying 700-page volume provides plenty of fodder for his supporters and detractors.

The book was selling briskly in British stores on Wednesday and was No. 1 on Amazon's British best-seller list.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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