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Making No Apologies

by | 29th, September 2004

‘FORGET Winston Churchill and don’t mention George Washington, and note that Tony Blair’s speech at the Labour Party conference owed more to Elton John, as sorry became the hardest word to say.

‘Let he who is with weapons of mass destruction cast the first stone’

The Guardian reports that the Prime Minister had intended to say sorry for presenting dodgy information as fact in the build up to the invasion of Iraq.

But although Tony saw the word on the page, he thought better of saying it.

So, in what the paper calls some “frantic last-minute rewriting”, the word “sorry” was erased from the text, and from history.

What he did say was: “The evidence about Saddam having actual biological and chemical weapons, as opposed to the capability to develop them, has turned out to be wrong. I acknowledge that and accept it.”

Well, that took a while. If only he’d have taken so long about being made certain as to the merits of war and the apparent fact that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and was ready to use them, he and Iraq wouldn’t be in such a mess today.

But though he didn’t say sorry yesterday, Tony does recognise that some of the fault lies with him. As the Independent’s front–page headline says: “BLAME ME (…up to a point).”

“Do I know I’m right?” he asked. And before the crowd could chime in – “If you’re going to war, it’s nice to be fairly certain” – he answered for them.

“Judgements aren’t the same as facts. Instinct is not science. I’m like any other human being, as fallible and as capable of being wrong. I only know what I believe.”

Helpfully, the Guardian publishes extracts from a few of Tony Blair’s old speeches on Iraq, and, hard as we look, we can’t find the word “believe”.

“Saddam Hussein’s regime is developing weapons of mass destruction,” said Tony on April 10, 2002.

“There are literally thousands of sites,” he said on June 4, 2003.

“I don’t concede at all that the intelligence at the time was wrong,” he said on July 8, 2003.

Saddam Hussein, looking on from his prison cell, should take note. He is no longer a murderous despot – he is just another flawed human being.

In Tony Blair’s eyes he is fallible. And who is hard-hearted enough to condemn fallibility, a condition as part of the human experience as vanity, pride and humility…’

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