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The Blair mission

He didn’t lie over WMD. Rather, his failings were poor judgement combined with a fatal moral fervour

By Richard Sanders   February 2010

Those preparing for Tony Blair’s appearance at the Chilcot inquiry must know that, in parts of Britain, there is an overbearing need to see him reduced to stammering incoherence, or even soul-baring confession: to make him pay for his supposed dishonesty. Of course, they also know that this is never going to happen.

During 2007 I spent months preparing for a two-hour interview with Blair for the BBC documentary Blair at War. I heard from nearly everyone who has appeared before Chilcot, many off the record, including former weapons inspector Hans Blix. We even interviewed President Bush. I too was…

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