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Blair stands his ground

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended himself this week against allegations that he knew the Iraq war was illegal. The London Mail on Sunday reported that before the war, the British attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, gave Blair a list of at least six ways an invasion of Iraq might break international law. Publicly, however, Goldsmith has always said he concluded that the invasion was legal, and Blair reiterated that stance this week. “I can’t say I’m sorry about it,” Blair declared. “I am not sorry about it. I think I did the right thing.” While most of the British electorate was opposed to the war, until this week Iraq had not been a major issue in the current parliamentary election campaign. Blair is expected to win another term next month.

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