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1. I hate to return to this subject but since the Malaysian papers carry no news about Blair, Malaysians generally consider Blair as another great Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
2. Currently the British Government had set up an enquiry commission under Sir John Chilcot to look into the background of Britains war against Iraq.
3. Blair had been called to explain why he supported America in the war against Iraq. He claimed there was “some intelligence evidence about loose links between Al Qaeda and various people in Iraq – it would not be correct to say there is no evidence whatever of linkages between Al Qaeda and Iraq”.
4. The former MI5 (Intelligence) Chief, Lady Eliza Manningham Buller, facing the same Chilcot Inquiry revealed that MI5 had sent a memo in March 2002 to the Permanent Secretary to the Home Office (Ministry of Home Affairs) telling him “that Saddam was not likely to use chemical or biological weapons unless he felt the survival of his regime was in doubt”. The memo went on to say, “We assess that Iraqi capability to mount attacks in the United Kingdom is currently limited”.
5. Manningham Buller also told the Chilcot Inquiry that “There was no credible intelligence to suggest that connection (Iraq and Al Qadea) and that was the judgment, I might say, of the CIA”.
6. Blair had told Parliament on 10 April 2002 that “Saddam Hussein is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked. He is a threat to his own people and to the region and, if allowed to develop these weapons, a threat to us also”.
7. To this Manningham Buller said, “We regarded the direct threat from Iraq as low – we didn’t believe he had the capability to do anything in the United Kingdom”.
8. With regard to terrorist attacks in Britain, Blair had told a labour party conference, 26 Sept 2006 – “This terrorism isn’t our fault. We didn’t cause it. It is not the consequence of our foreign policy”.
9. “If I am asked whether I believe we are safer, more secure, that Iraq is better, that our own security is better, I believe we are. The world is safer as a result”.
10. To this the former head of MI5 said “Our involvement in Iraq radicalised a generation of young people (in Britain) who saw our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as an attack on Islam. We (MI5) were pretty well swamped – with intelligence on a broad scale that was pretty well more than we could cope with in terms of plots, leads to plots and things that we needed to pursue”.
11. Manningham Buller also asserted that, “We gave Osama bin Laden his Iraqi jihad so that he was able to move into Iraq in a way that he was not before”.
12. The British look down on Blair and forced him to resign because he is an inveterate liar. Some Malaysians think he is the fountain of wisdom!