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Blair’s deadly legacy

Four years after the Iraq invasion more troops are pouring into Iraq and Afghanistan, while New Labour and Tories unite over Trident nukes

Issue No. 2042

Four years ago Tony Blair took this country to war over a lie – that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

This week he will mark the anniversary by voting through a decision to renew Britain’s weapons of mass destruction – real weapons that could unleash total devastation.

Blair and his heir Gordon Brown will unite with Tory leader David Cameron in voting through a decision to replace Trident missiles with a new generation of nuclear weapons, at a lifetime cost of £75 billion.

In these final weeks of Blair’s rule the prime minister’s key concern is increasingly the “legacy” he will leave to history.

In truth his name will always be associated with the carnage unleashed by the invasion of Iraq.

The British government’s decision to replace and upgrade its nuclear weapons system can only encourage a new nuclear arms race.

Four years ago Blair’s government said it was prepared to use nuclear weapons.

This New Labour government openly said it would be prepared to press the button triggering the launch of nuclear weapons.

War, occupation and weapons of nuclear destruction constitute the real legacy Blair will leave behind him.

Yet the majority in this country oppose the Iraq war and Trident replacement.

The task of opposing Blair’s legacy, and his proposed successor’s continuation of the policies of imperialism, falls to us.

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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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