‘Judge me’: Tony Blair’s response to being asked if he is a war criminal after admitting he is ‘sorry’ for the invasion of Iraq under false intelligence
Tony Blair has finally apologized for the Iraq War and said the public can judge whether or not his decisions make him a war criminal.
In a dramatic TV interview set to air today, the former UK Prime Minister insisted he did what he felt was right when asked how he feels about being labeled a war criminal.
But he added: ‘Now, whether it’s right or not, that’s for – everyone can have their judgment about that.’
The extraordinary confession comes after 12 years in which he refused to apologize for the conflict.
Blair makes his dramatic ‘mea culpa’ during a CNN interview about the ‘hell’ caused by his and George Bush’s decision to oust Saddam Hussein – and admits that he could be partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State.
In the exchange, Blair repeatedly says sorry for his conduct and even refers to claims that the invasion was a war ‘crime’.
Blair is asked bluntly in the interview: ‘Was the Iraq War a mistake?’