‘We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that “we” caused this’, argues former prime minister in website essay.
Tony Blair says it would be ‘extraordinary’ to suggest that Iraq would be more stable if Saddam Hussein had remained in power. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA
Tony Blair has strongly rejected claims that the 2003 US-UK invasion ofIraq was to blame for the current crisis gripping the country, pointing the finger instead firmly at the Maliki government and the war in Syria.
In a passionate essay published on his Faith Foundation website, the former prime minister said it was a “bizarre” reading of the situation to argue that the US-British invasion of Iraq had allowed the growth of Sunni jihadist groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and…