Former British prime minister Tony Blair has defied the findings of an scathing inquiry into his decision to assist the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, saying the war has made the world a “better place.”
The inquiry, headed by Sir John Chilcot, published its 6,000-page report on Wednesday, saying that the London’s most controversial military engagement since World War II was based on “flawed intelligence” about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).
In response to the report, Blair said Wednesday that he accepts “full responsibility” for the decision, admitting that the invasion was based on wrong intelligence.
He expressed sorrow for the death of thousands of people, adding, however, that “the world was and is in my judgment a better place without Saddam Hussein.”
Of the nearly 120,000 British military personnel who were deployed to Iraq, 179 were killed in combat. This is while, according…