Did Tony Blair really hope to avoid war in Iraq? | Letters

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So Sir Jeremy Greenstock says Tony Blair would have preferred a peaceful outcome to the Iraq crisis in early 2003 (Britain was ‘second-class’ partner in Iraq war, 2 November)?

What, then, to make of the 2009 Observer report about a 31 January 2003 memo – copied to Greenstock – of a private meeting between George Bush and Blair which “confirms that as the two men became increasingly aware UN inspectors would fail to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) they had to contemplate alternative scenarios that might trigger a second resolution legitimising military action”.

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