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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday, 4 January 2004

Tony Blair visits Basrah - speaks to British troops

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is today visiting Basrah, following his family break at Sharm el-Sheik in Egypt, where he also had talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Amongst other things, Mr Blair reiterated (quite correctly, in my view):


"If we had backed away...we would never have been able to confront this threat in the other countries where it exists."
and
"Iraq is now taking shape with your help and guidance in a way that would have been unthinkable a year ago."

The trick will be to keep and grow the support for this action amongst the Iraqi population; it is difficult to evaluate what is the real situation from a distance, but I remain cautiously optimistic.

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