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  •  I think Blair's motives were more complicated (none)

    Don't want to debate Iraq at length since this diary is about rendition and torture in Uzbekistan.  I only wanted to say that given Blair's history confronting Milosevic in the Balkans and his vastly greater knowledge of Iraq, his motives were far more complex and less venal than Bush's.  He understood that genocide had occurred in Iraq, and also knew that the sanctions regime controlling Saddam was unraveling - which is never mentioned or admitted here.  Blair acted in part because of oil, true, but while Bush's pronouncements on human rights are pure sophistry, Blairs are not.  Blair's motives are more mixed and I am less willing to unequivocally condemn him in quite the same way as Bush.

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